Feb. 28, 2014
College Station, Texas -
Charodd Richardson won the SEC title in the men's weight throw and six Crimson Tide athletes advanced to Saturday's finals, as Alabama concluded its first full day of action at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
"We had a strong day," said Tide head coach Dan Waters. "We had our ups and downs, but I am really pleased with how we competed today. Our people really went after it and we are about where I thought we would be in team points at this time of the meet. We need to come out tomorrow and build on the energy we had today. I like where we are and where we are headed."
Richardson, a junior, launched the winning throw of 21.51 meters (70 feet, 7 inches) on his third attempt and broke the school record set moments before by sophomore Elias Hakansson. Hakansson's mark of 21.48 (70-5.75) earned him a runner-up finish.
"I couldn't be happier with Charodd and Elias," said Doug Reynolds, Tide assistant coach (throws). "We were shooting for a 1-2 finish and we got it. I didn't know what order it would be, but getting 18 points in that event is a huge deal for our team and our throwers. To see those guys both PR and both break the school record in the same event at the SEC meet speaks to their competitiveness. Charodd had kind of an interesting series, but he pulled off a big throw at the best possible moment. Elias came out ready to compete today, too, and I was proud of how both of them stepped up."
Richardson, a junior, is the first Alabama weight thrower to win an SEC title since Derrick Jones won with a mark of 66-3 in 1998.
"Our throwers really came up big today," said Waters. "I am really proud of Charodd (Richardson) and Elias (Hakansson) in the men's weight, but Candicea (Bernard) also PR'd in the women's weight. That's what you want at the conference meet. Like I said, it was an interesting day and a good day where it's easy to see where we could easily have done even better but, also, just as clear to see how far we have come as a program. I'm excited about the possibilities we have in front of us tomorrow."
Alabama men scored 18 points in the weight throw, six in the long jump and four in the high jump for a total of 28 points, good for third in the team standings heading into Saturday. Arkansas leads the men's team standings with 56 points with Kentucky just ahead of the Tide in second place with 30.33 points.
Alabama women scored five points in the pole vault and two points in the shot put for a total of seven points. The women are 10th in the standings after Friday's action. Arkansas leads the women's team standings with 39 points with Georgia in second (33) and Florida third (24).
In total, 10 Crimson Tide athletes set personal records on Friday, and six Alabama athletes advanced to the finals of their respective events, which will be held Saturday. Tomorrow's events include the finals of the 60-meter dash, the 200 meters, the mile and the 800-meter run, as well as the triple jump, women's weight throw, men's shot put and more.
Here's an event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's performances Friday
60 Meters: Diondre Batson ran 6.66 to finish second in his qualifying heat to advance to Saturday's final. Batson's time was the fifth-fastest of the qualifiers and was the lone Crimson Tide sprinter to advance. Akeem Haynes was fourth in his heat in 6.76 and Alex Sanders was sixth in his heat (6.84).
60-Meter Hurdles: Freshman Tony Brown II was fifth in his heat and failed to advance to the final after finishing in 8.09.
200 Meters: Diondre Batson will represent Alabama in the 200 final on Saturday after running 20.91 to win his qualifying heat and post the fifth-fastest time of the eight finalists. Dedric Dukes of Florida led all qualifiers in 20.55. The Tide's Nick Efkamp (21.45) did not advance to Saturday's final.
400 Meters: Two Crimson Tide sprinters competed in the 400 but failed to advance to the final. Dwight Davis was second in his heat in a PR of 47.21 while Bryan Arthur ran 48.33 to place second in his qualifying heat.
800 Meters: Alex Amankwah was third in his heat, but advanced to Saturday's final in 1:49.93., the seventh-fastest qualifying time of the eight finalists. Jacopo Lahbi (1:50.87), Ken Taylor (1:51.28) and Andrew Harris (1:52.04) did not advance.
Mile: Matt Airola advanced to Saturday's final by running 4:08.39 to place fourth in his qualifying heat. Airola will compete in a field of 10 runners in the final on Saturday afternoon. Parker Deuel was seventh in his heat in 4:12.22.
60 Meters: Remona Burchell won her qualifying heat in a persona-best of 7.25, posting the fourth-fastest time of the qualifiers while advancing to Saturday's final. Burchell's PR was an improvement of .02 ahead of her prior best of 7.27. Quanesha Burks was sixth in her heat in a personal best of 7.53 while Sarah Thomas was fifth in her heat in 7.61.
400 Meters: Three Crimson Tide sprinters competed but failed to advance to Saturday's final in the 400. Freshman Alex Gholston led the way in 56.33 to finish third in her qualifying heat. Shani Chandler (57.19) and Brianna Sims (57.45) also competed but did not advance.
800 Meters: Yanique Malcolm was the third-fastest qualifier to Saturday's 800 final with a time of 2:06.19 while placing second in her heat. Kimberley Ficenec did not advance after running 2:12.54 in her qualifying heat. Aubrielle Wright (2:13.50) also did not advance.
Mile: Alabama failed to advance anyone to Saturday's final. Meropi Panagiotou was the Crimson Tide's leading runner in Friday's heats, finishing third in her heat in 4:50.89. Hannah Waggoner ran 5:05.68 to finish ninth in her qualifying heat.
Weight Throw: Charodd Richardson won the SEC title in the men's weight throw with a mark of 70 21.51 meters (70 feet, 7 inches), a new personal and school record. Elias Hakansson placed second with a mark of 21.48 meters (70 feet, 5.75 inches), a new personal record.
High Jump: Sophomore Justin Fondren tied for third in the high jump with a mark of 2.06 meters (6 feet, 9 inches).
Long Jump: Senior Kamal Fuller placed third in the long jump with a mark of 7.53 meters (24 feet, 8.5 inches). Sophomore Josh McCullan (7.02m/23-0.5) and Nathan Vardaman (6.95m/22-9.75) finished 10th and 11th, respectively.
Pole Vault: Defending SEC indoor pole vault champion Alexis Paine finished fourth with a clearance of 4.22 meters (13 feet, 10 inches). Georgia's Morgan Leleux won the event by clearing 4.38m (14-4.50) ahead of Arkansas' Ariel Voskamp (2nd, 4.30/14-1.25) and Danielle Nowell (3rd,, 4.30/14-1.25). Paine entered the competition with a clearance on her first attempt at 4.12 (13-6.25), then cleared 4.22 (13-10) on her first try before three misses at 4.30 (14-1.25). Anna Rawles set a new PR while finishing in a three-way tie for 10th, clearing 3.97 (13-0.25). The Tide's Lakan Taylor also tied for 10th at 3.97 (13-0.25). Autumn Conn was 18th with a clearance of 3.82 (12-6.25).
Long Jump: One day after a disappointing outing in the pentathlon, Lacey Dent produced a PR in the long jump of 6.03 meters (19 feet, 9.50 inches) while placing 10th among a field of 31 competitors. The Tide's Quanesha Burks was 16th with a leap of 5.80 (19-0.50). Mississippi State's Rochell Ferquharson won the title with a leap of 6.42 (21-0.75).
Shot Put: Tide newcomer Candicea Bernard scored two team points for Alabama with a seventh-place finish in the women's shot put. Bernard produced a PR with a throw of 15.47 meters (50 feet, 9.25 inches), eclipsing her old PR by two inches.
SEC Indoor Championships
Friday, February 28, 2014
60 meters (Preliminaries) - 7. Diondre Batson, 6.66; 13. Akeem Haynes, 6.76; 20. Alex Sanders, 6.84.
60M Hurdles (Preliminaries) - 14. Tony Brown, 8.09.
200 meters (Preliminaries) - 5. Diondre Batson, 20.91; 14. Nick Efkamp, 21.45.
400 meters (Preliminaries) - 14. Dwight Davis, 47.21; 20. Bryan Arthur, 48.33.
800 meters (Preliminaries) - 8. Alex Amankwah, 1:49.93; 11. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:50.87; 14. Ken Taylor, 1:51.28; 19. Andrew Harris, 1:52.04.
Mile (Preliminaries) - 8. Matt Airola, 4:08.39; 14. Parker Deuel, 4:12.22.
High Jump - t3. Justin Fondren, 2.06m (6-9).
Long Jump - 3. Kamal Fuller, 7.53m (24-8.50), 10. Josh McCullan, 7.02m (23-0.50), 11. Nathan Vardaman, 6.95m (22-9.75).
Weight Throw - 1. Charodd Richardson, 21.51m (70-7); 2. Elias Hakansson, 21.48m (70-5.75).
60 meters (Preliminaries) - 3. Remona Burchell, 7.25; t21. Quanesha Burks, 7.53; 27. Sarah Thomas, 7.61.
400 meters (Preliminaries) - 25. Alex Gholston, 56.33; 30. Shani Chandler, 57.19; 31. Brianna Sims, 57.45.
800 meters (Preliminaries) - 3. Yanique Malcolm, 2:06.19; 20. Kimberley Ficenec, 2:12.54; 22. Aubrielle Wright, 2:13.50.
Mile (Preliminaries) - 13. Meropi Panagiotou, 4:50.89; 23. Hannah Waggoner, 5:05.68.
3,000 meters - 15. Hilary Stafford, 9:52.39.
Long Jump - 10. Lacey Dent, 6.03m (19-9.50); 16. Quanesha Burks, 5.80m (19-0.50).
Pole Vault - 4. Alexis Paine, 4.22m (13-10); t10. Lakan Taylor, 3.97m (13-00.25); t10. Anna Rawles, 3.97m (13-00.25); t18. Autumn Conn, 3.82m (12-6.25).
Shot Put - 7. Candicea Bernard, 15.47m (50-9.25).