Alabama Takes Home 6 Victories from Yellow Jacket Invitational

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Redshirt freshman Hayden Reed captured wins in the men's shot put and discus.
Redshirt freshman Hayden Reed captured wins in the men's shot put and discus.

March 29, 2014

ATLANTA - - The University of Alabama track and field team won six events and set almost a dozen personal records over the weekend at Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational. The Tide won three throwing events, two jumping events and one relay over the course of the two-day meet. In total, Alabama athletes finished among the top three in 21 of 25 events.

"We accomplished some really good things," Alabama head coach Dan Waters said. "I'm pleased with some of the performances. At the same time, as a team, we learned we have a lot to work on in order to be as good as we can possibly be."

Redshirt freshman Hayden Reed captured wins in the men's shot put and discus. Sophomore Justin Fondren won the men's high jump for the second consecutive week. Freshman Quanesha Burks won the women's long jump, and junior Nia Barnes won the women's javelin throw. The relay team of Dwight Davis, Alex Amankwah, Jacopo Lahbi and Ken Taylor finished the meet by winning the men's 4x400-meter relay by more than seven seconds Saturday. Barnes (187 feet, 2 inches) was the top collegiate finisher in Alabama's only competition on Friday - the women's hammer throw.

Here is an event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's results from the weekend:



100 meters: Senior Akeem Haynes took third place in the men's 100-meter dash with a time of 10.40. Senior Alex Sanders finished fifth with a personal-best of 10.42.

800 meters: Junior Alex Amankwah clocked a personal record of 1:49.59 to take third place in the men's 800 meters. Senior Ken Taylor placed fifth with a time of 1:49.99. Sophomore Andrew Harris also set a PR with his eighth-place time of 1:52.75. Sophomore Alex Jenkins (1:55.55) and freshman Jeff Edmondson (1:55.94) finished 19th and 20th, respectively.

4x400m relay: The quartet of sophomore Dwight Davis, junior Alex Amankwah, freshman Jacopo Lahbi and senior Ken Taylor closed the meet with an impressive win in the men's 4x400-meter relay. Davis jumped out to an early lead in the first leg, and three seamless baton exchanges later, the group had crossed the finish line in 3:12.32, more than seven seconds better than the second-place team from Georgia Tech.


100 meters: Junior Dominique Kimpel clocked an 11.65 in the women's 100-meter dash to tie for fifth with Auburn's V'Alonee Robinson.

200 meters: Freshman Brianna Sims clocked a personal record of 24.99 to finish 24th in the women's 200-meter dash.

400 meters: Senior Yanique Malcolm set a personal best of 54.20 to take third in the women's 400-meter dash. Freshman Alex Gholston placed ninth with a time of 56.34, and senior Aubrielle Wright finished 18th with a time of 59.31.

100-meter hurdles: Redshirt freshman Passion Gamble logged a personal-best time and a sixth-place finish when she clocked a 14.61 in the women's 100-meter hurdles.

1500 meters: Freshman Anna Leinheiser clocked a personal-best time of 4:45.98 to finish 18th in the women's 1,500-meter run.

4x100m relay: The women's 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Quanesha Burks, junior Remona Burchell, junior Dominique Kimpel and freshman Brianna Sims recorded the seventh-best time in school history (44.60) to finish first among collegiate teams and second overall behind an unattached team.

4x400m relay: Alabama's foursome of freshman Brianna Sims, senior Yanique Malcolm, freshman Alex Gholston and senior Aubrielle Wright turned in a time of 3:41.56, the eighth-fastest time in school history, to place second in the women's 4x400-meter relay Saturday.



Shot Put: Redshirt freshman Hayden Reed started the action Saturday with a victory in the men's shot put. Reed's winning mark of 17.70 meters (58 feet, 1 inch), which ranks 10th in school history, came on his sixth and final attempt. Redshirt freshman Nathan Karr's only legal mark of the day spanned 14.97 meters (49 feet, 1.5 inches), earning him a third-place finish in the three-man competition.

Javelin: Sophomore Kevin Shannon placed third in the men's javelin throw with a mark of 60.72 meters (199 feet, 2 inches). After fouling on his first two attempts, Shannon recorded four consecutive legal marks, launching his best throw on his sixth and final attempt.

Discus: Hayden Reed and Joe Williams finished first and second, respectively, in the men's discus throw. Reed's mark of 59.01 meters (193 feet, 7 inches) is a new personal best and ranks fifth in school history. Williams opened the competition with a foul before rattling off five consecutive legal marks. His fourth attempt was his best mark of the day - a toss of 49.94 meters (173 feet, 10 inches). Senior Taber Wanstall earned a fourth-place finish with a personal-best mark of 49.94 meters (163 feet, 10 inches). Redshirt freshman Kyle Felpel also set a personal record of 49.18 meters (161 feet, 4 inches) en route to a fifth-place finish.

Pole Vault: Sophomore Jonny Stiegler and freshman Ryan Pierson placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the men's pole vault. Both Tide vaulters cleared 4.52 meters (14 feet, 10 inches). Stiegler had fewer misses and therefore earned the fifth-place finish.

Long Jump: Sophomore Nathan Vardaman finished third in the men's long jump with a mark of 7.16 meters (23 feet, 6 inches).

High Jump: Sophomore Justin Fondren won the men's high jump with a clearance of 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch). Fondren marks of 2.00, 2.05, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.16 meters with a total of one miss before three misses at 2.20 meters.

Triple Jump: Sophomore George Freiberger placed second in a two-man triple jump competition. Freiberger recorded two legal marks with a best mark of 14.37 meters (47 feet, 1.75 inches).


Hammer Throw: Junior Nia Barnes placed second overall in the women's hammer throw Friday evening. Barnes' mark of 187 feet, 2 inches (57.05 meters) was the top by a collegiate competitor in the event and ranks eighth in Alabama history.

Shot Put: Junior Candicea Bernard finished second with her mark of 15.39 meters (50-6), the seventh-best mark in school history. Bernard's first four marks spanned 14.53 meters, 14.63 meters, 14.77 meters and 14.54 meters. On her fifth attempt, Bernard uncorked her best mark of 15.39 meters before fouling on her final try to take home the runner-up finish.

Javelin: Junior Nia Barnes earned a victory in the women's javelin throw with a mark of 43.81 meters (143 feet, 9 inches). Sophomore Lacey Dent placed fourth with a mark of 27.23 meters (89 feet, 4 inches).

Discus: Freshman Berta Amelinaite posted a personal-best mark of 46.69 meters (153 feet, 2 inches) to finish runner-up in the women's discus.

Pole Vault: Sophomore Autumn Conn placed second among collegiate competitors and third overall in the women's pole vault with a season-best mark of 3.77 meters (12 feet, 4.5 inches). Sophomore Anna Rawles and freshman Lakan Taylor no-heighted.

Long Jump: Freshman Quanesha Burks won the women's long jump with a personal-best mark of 6.19 meters (20 feet, 3.75 inches). Burks' mark is tied for seventh-best in school history. Sophomore Lacey Dent placed third in the event with a personal-best mark of 5.97 meters (19 feet, 7 inches). Redshirt sophomore Merilyn Uudmae finished sixth with a personal-best mark of 5.78 meters (18 feet, 11.75 inches).

Yellow Jacket Invitational
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Alabama Results



100 meters - 3. Akeem Haynes, 10.40; 5. Alex Sanders, 10.42.
400 meters - Bryan Arthur, DNF.
800 meters -3. Alex Amankwah, 1:49.59; 5. Ken Taylor, 1:49.99; 8. Andrew Harris, 1:52.75; 19. Alex Jenkins, 1:55.55; 20. Jeff Edmondson, 1:55.94.
4x400 meter relay - 1. (Dwight Davis, Alex Amankwah, Jacopo Lahbi, Ken Taylor), 3:12.32.


100 meters - t5. Dominique Kimpel, 11.65.
200 meters - 24. Brianna Sims, 24.99.
400 meters - 3. Yanique Malcolm, 54.20; 9. Alex Gholston, 56.34; 18. Aubrielle Wright, 59.31.
100-meter hurdles - 6. Passion Gamble, 14.61.
400-meter hurdles - Shani Chandler, DNF.
1500 meters - 18. Anna Leinheiser, 4:45.98.
4x100 meter relay - 2. (Quanesha Burks, Remona Burchell, Dominique Kimpel, Brianna Sims), 44.60.
4x400-meter relay - 2. (Brianna Sims, Yanique Malcolm, Alex Gholston, Aubrielle Wright), 3:41.56.



Shot Put - 1. Hayden Reed, 17.70m (58-1); 3. Nathan Karr, 14.97m (49-1.5).
Javelin - 3. Kevin Shannon, 60.72m (199-2).
Discus - 1. Hayden Reed, 59.01m (193-7); 2. Joe Williams, 55.86m (183-3); 4. Taber Wanstall, 49.94m (173-10); 5. Kyle Felpel, 49.18m (161-4).
Pole Vault - 5. Johnny Stiegler, 4.52m (14-10.00); 6. Ryan Pierson, 4.52m (14-10.00).
Long Jump - 3. Nathan Vardaman, 7.16m (23-6).
High Jump - 1. Justin Fondren, 2.16m (7-1).
Triple Jump - 2. George Freiberger, 14.37m (47-1.75).


Hammer Throw (Friday) - 2. Nia Barnes, 57.05m (187-2).
Shot Put - 2. Candicea Bernard, 15.39m (50-6)
Javelin - 1. Nia Barnes, 43.81m (143-9); 4. Lacey Dent, 27.23m (89-4).
Discus - 2. Berta Amelinaite, 46.69m (153-2).
Pole Vault - 3. Autumn Conn, 3.77m (12-4.50); Anna Rawles, NH; Lakan Taylor, NH.
Long Jump - 1. Quanesha Burks, 6.19m (20-3.75); 3. Lacey Dent 5.97m (19-7); 6. Merilyn Uudmae, 5.78m (18-11.75).