Schade Shatters UA High Jump Record on Final Day of SEC Indoor Championships
Feb. 26, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -
Krystle Schade cleared 6 feet, 2 inches to win the women’s high jump for the University of Alabama track and field team on the final day of the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships. Schade’s jump matched the SEC meet record and broke the UA school record.
In addition to breaking the 29-year-old school record of 6-1.5 set by NCAA Champion and Olympian Disa Gisladottir, the mark also automatically qualified her for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Schade cleared on her first attempt at each of the first five heights she attempted and needed just two tries to clear 6-2. Georgia’s Saniel Atkinson was second by clearing 6-0.75. The individual title is the 40th all-time for UA women’s track and field at the SEC Indoor Championships and the fourth in the high jump.
“I'm proud of the way Krystle stepped up and competed today,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “She's been doing that all season and improving week-by-week to stay undefeated so far this season.”
The women’s team also scored points in the weight throw as Amethyst Holmes and Angelica Howard finished second and third, respectively. Holmes recorded a throw of 64-7 while Howard threw a personal best of 64-5.25.
“Amethyst and Angelica did a nice job of rising to the occasion,” Waters said. “The exciting thing with them is that they still have a high ceiling and room to improve going forward.”
On the track, Kaylon Eppinger finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.35 after finishing third in the pentathlon with a school record 4,081 points on Friday evening.
The men’s distance medley relay team of Matt Joyner, Kyle Hester, Terrell Mickens and Gary Bradbury earned scored for the men’s team’s on the final day by finishing seventh in the event with a time of 10:05.11.
In the team standings, UA’s women were ninth with 32 points while Florida won the team title with 132 points. Over the three day meet, Alabama got points from Alexis Paine’s eighth-place finish in the pole vault and Eppinger’s third-place finish in the pentathlon in addition to those points scored on Sunday
The Crimson Tide men finished 10th with 14 points. Those points were earned by Kamal Fuller’s third-place finish in the long jump, Tyler Campbell coming in fifth in the high jump, Austin Duckworth’s seventh-place time in the 3,000 meters along with today’s seventh-place showing from the distance medley relay team. Arkansas won the men’s title with 151 points.
“From a learning and coaching standpoint, there is no better meet to compete at than the SEC Championships,” Waters said. “As a team and individually, we’re able to see the areas in which we need to focus and strive to improve in as we continue to build our program.”
Members of both teams will return to action next Saturday in Birmingham, Ala., for the Alabama High Tide Qualifier at the CrossPlex. The meet will serve as a final opportunity for athletes to record the necessary marks to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships March 9-10 in Boise, Idaho.
Men’s 5,000 Meters
Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles
Women’s Distance Medley Relay
Men’s Distance Medley Relay
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay
Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay
SEC Championships Women’s Team Results
SEC Championships Men’s Team Results