March 15, 2014
Albuquerque, N.M. - University of Alabama senior Diondre Batson won the 200-meter dash national title to highlight the Tide's first day at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
"Diondre had a fantastic day," said Alabama head coach Dan Waters. "He broke two school records--one that was held by a gold medalist and one by another Olympian. He had two phenomenal runs. It was always a goal to have him do something special. We made a promise to each other, and he held up to his end of the promise."
Batson shattered the school record in the finals of the 200 meters with a time of 20.32, the sixth fastest in NCAA history and the fastest time in the world in 2014. He edged top qualifier Dedric Dukes of Florida, who ran a 20.34 in the first section of the finals.
Winning Alabama's first 200-meter indoor national title was the exclamation point at the end of a banner day for the California native.
Prior to his win in the 200, Batson won his heat in the 60-meter dash prelims with a school record 6.54, the fastest qualifying time in the prelims. He qualified for the finals of the 200 meters with the second-fastest prelim time of the day--a 20.67.
On the women's side, junior Remona Burchell advanced to the finals of the 60-meter dash after posting a qualifying time of 7.20, a new personal record.
In the men's weight throw, sophomore Elias Hakansson broke the school record with a throw of 21.54 meters (70 feet, 8 inches) en route to a seventh-place finish.
Saturday's events include the triple jump, the shot put and the final of the 60-meter dash.
Here's an event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's performances Friday:
60 meters: Senior Diondre Batson clocked a time of 6.54 in the prelims of the 60-meter dash to break the school record set by Emmitt King (6.58) in 1982. Batson's time is the fastest collegiate mark in the nation this season and advances him to Saturday's final.
200 meters: Diondre Batson won the indoor national championship in the 200-meter dash with a school record 20.32. The previous record of 20.58 was set by Olympic gold medalist Kirani James in 2011. Batson ran a 20.67 to win his preliminary heat and advance to the finals.
800 meters: Freshman Jacopo Lahbi clocked a time of 1:56.07 to place sixth in his preliminary heat and 14th overall in the 800 meters. He did not advance to Saturday's final.
60 meters: Junior Remona Burchell recorded a personal record 7.20 in the prelims of the women's 60-meter dash. Her time ranks second in school history. She placed third among all qualifiers and advanced to Saturday's final.
800 meters: After leading the first two laps of her 800-meter preliminary heat, Yanique Malcolm fell to the back of the pack to finish eighth in her heat and 15th overall with a time of 2:11.93.
Weight Throw: Sophomore Elias Hakansson broke the school's indoor weight throw record en route to a seventh-place finish. Hakansson's best mark--70 feet, 8 inches--came on his sixth and final throw of the day. His seventh-place finish is the best by an Alabama weight thrower in school history. Hakansson advanced to the finals with a mark of 21.07 meters (69-1.50), which came on his third attempt. Junior Charodd Richardson threw 20.86 meters (68-5.25) on his second attempt but did not qualify for the finals. Richardson finished 11th.
Long Jump: Senior Kamal Fuller finished 13th in the long jump with a mark of 7.49 meters (24 feet, 7 inches). Fuller's first jump went 7.06 meters before his second mark of 7.49 meters. His final jump of the night went for 7.29 meters. Fuller did not qualify for the finals.
Pole Vault: Senior Alexis Paine completed her storied Alabama career with a 13th-place finish in the women's pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Paine cleared 4.10 meters (13 feet, 5.25 inches) on her first try and 4.20 meters (13-9.25) on her second try before passing on 4.25 meters (13-11.25). She was unable to clear 4.30 meters (14-1.25) on three attempts.
NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Friday, March 14, 2014
60 meters (prelim): 1. Diondre Batson, 6.54**
200 meters (prelim): 2. Diondre Batson, 20.67
200 meters (final): 1. Diondre Batson, 20.32**
800 meters (prelim): 14. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:56.07.
Weight Throws: 7. Elias Hakansson, 21.54 meters (70-8); 11. Charodd Richardson, 20.86 meters (68-5.25).
Long Jump: 13. Kamal Fuller, 7.49m (24-7).
60 meters (prelim): 3. Remona Burchell, 7.20.
800 meters (prelim): 15. Yanique Malcolm, 2:11.
Pole Vault: 13. Alexis Paine, 4.20 meters (13-9.25).
**-denotes school record