March 30, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. - Alexis Paineshattered the school record in the women's pole vault as the University of Alabama track and field team won eight events overall, including five individual events and three relays, on Saturday at the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga.
Making her 2013 outdoor debut, Paine raised the Crimson Tide's standard in the event by 10 inches on Saturday by clearing 14 feet, 7 ¼ inches (4.45 meters) to abolish her previous school record of 13-9 ¼ set in 2012. Paine's performance highlighted a strong day by both the men's and women's teams as the Tide took three of four relay events contested in addition to the individual event victories.
"We had a good day today and Alexis's performance was the highlight," said head coach Dan Waters. "She is really hitting her stride in the pole vault and really competing with great confidence. Overall, I am really pleased. We came out today and competed across the board. We had some very good performances. To have several performances that rank in our all-time top 10 in what for many of our athletes is the outdoor debut is a very good sign of the progress being made. I thought our relays ran well today, and I am pleased that we are competing well in a variety of events."
Several Crimson Tide athletes posted performances that rank among the all-time Alabama top 10 in their respective events, led by Paine's stunning pole vault outing. Among those was Kimberley Ficenec's impressive victory in the women's 800 meters in a time of 2:09.75, a time that ranks seventh on the all-time UA list. Callie Iveswas second in the women's long jump with a best of 19-4 (5.89m), a mark that is eighth on the all-time UA list.
On the men's side, Kevin Shannon posted the sixth-best javelin throw in Alabama history as he won the event with a toss of 204-11 (62.45m). Shannon was one of three Alabama athletes to win events in the men's division. Kamal Fuller won the men's long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 9 inches (7.24m) and Robbie Farnham-Rosewon the men's 1,500 meters in a time of 3:46.47.
Alabama won three of the four relays contested, sweeping the men's events.
The Tide took the men's 4x100-meter relay with Akeem Haynes, Diondre Batson, James Harrington and Alex Sanders rounding the track in 39.89 seconds. The Crimson Tide quartet of Joel Lynch, Quincy Smith, Diondre Batson and Ken Taylor won the men's 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:08.47. Alabama's women's 4x400 unit of Joy Maneice-Marbury, Kyri Tabor, Dacia Mays and Shani Chandler won their event in a time of 3:45.44. The Tide women's 4x100-meter relay team of Sarah Thomas, Kyri Tabor, Joy Maneice-Marbury and Lacey Dentwas third in 45.95.
Yellow Jacket Invitational - Alabama Results Saturday, March 30, 2013
100 - 8. Sarah Thomas, 12.13.
200 - 12. Joy Maneice-Marbury, 24.50.
400 - 4. Yanique Malcolm, 54.69; 11. Shani Chandler, 57.17.
800 - 1. Kimberley Ficenec, 2:09.75; 5. Aubrielle Wright, 2:14.41; 7. Dacia Mays, 2:17.17.
1,500 - 2. Meropi Panagiotou, 4:33.28; 5. Susie Kemper, 4:36.12; 6. Rebecca Stover, 4:36.72; 10. Katelyn Greenleaf, 4:39.38
100 High Hurdles - 5. Lacey Dent, 14.35.
4x100 Relay - 3. Alabama (Sarah Thomas, Kyri Tabor, Joy Maneice-Marbury, Lacey Dent), 45.95.
4x400 Relay - 1. Alabama (Joy Maneice-Marbury, Kyri Tabor, Dacia Mays, Shani Chandler), 3:45.44.
High Jump - 3. Krystle Schade, 5-11 ¼ (1.81m).
Pole Vault - 1. Alexis Paine, 14-7 ¼ (4.45m); 3. Autumn Conn, 12-5 ½ (3.80m); 6. Reed Hancock, 11-1 ¾ (3.40m); DNP. Anna Rawles, no height.
Long Jump - 2. Callie Ives, 19-4 (5.89m); 5. Lacey Dent, 18-11 ¼ (5.77m).
Triple Jump - 9. Callie Ives, 37-3 ¾ (11.37m).
Shot Put - 2. Wilamena Hopkins, 48-4 ¾ (14.75m).
Discus - 6. Wilamena Hopkins, 125-6 (38.25m).
Hammer - 3. Lee Stowers, 172-10 (52.69m); 6. Nia Barnes, 167-7 (51.07m).
Javelin - 2. Bekah Hoppis, 138-10 (42.33m); 4. Nia Barnes, 125-8 (38.30m).
100 - 2. Alex Sanders, 10.56; 4. James Harrington, 10.72.
200 - 4. Akeem Haynes, 21.39; 7. Joel Lynch, 21.66.
400 - 3. Quincy Smith, 46.86; 20. Ken Taylor, 49.56.
800 - 15. Alex Jenkins, 1:56.81; 17. Alex LoPresti, 1:56.91; 27. Andrew Harris, 1:59.68.
1,500 - 1. Robbie Farnham-Rose, 3:46.47; 5. Parker Deuel, 3:54.10; 12. Austin Duckworth, 4:01.50.
4x100 Relay - 1. Alabama (Akeem Haynes, Diondre Batson, James Harrington, Alex Sanders), 39.89.
4x400 Relay - 1. Alabama (Joel Lynch, Quincy Smith, Diondre Batson, Ken Taylor), 3:08.47.
High Jump - 3. Justin Fondren, 6-10 ¾ (2.10m).
Pole Vault - 6. Jonathan Stiegler, 15-3 (4.65m); 8. Connor Foxworth, 14-9 (4.50m).
Long Jump - 1. Kamal Fuller, 23-9 (7.24m); 3. Nathan Vardaman, 23-4 ½ (7.12m); 6. Josh McCullan, 22-3 (6.78m).
Triple Jump - 4. Imani Brown, 48-10 (14.88m); George Freiberger, 48-7 ¼ (14.81m).
Discus - 6. Taber Wanstall, 142-1 (43.31m).
Hammer - 6. Charodd Richardson, 182-8 (55.67m); 10. Charond Richardson, 161-4 (49.18m).
Javelin - 1. Kevin Shannon, 204-11 (62.45m).