ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Alex Sanders helped Alabama's 4x100 meter relay team clock 38.91 to set a meet record.
Alex Sanders helped Alabama's 4x100 meter relay team clock 38.91 to set a meet record.

April 5, 2014

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama track and field team won 18 events, set seven meet records while winning the men's team title on Saturday at the Crimson Tide Invitational at Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama's men's team netted 11 event victories and finished first in the team standings with 165 points. Penn State scored 115 points to finish second, and Louisville placed third with 86 points. The Alabama women earned a runner-up finish with seven event victories and 125 points. Penn State topped the women's team standings with 164.5 points. Florida State took third with 74 points.

"It was a very positive meet for us," said Alabama head coach Dan Waters. "The way we competed, coupled with the fact that we won races, shows that we're on the right track and that we brought the right energy, focus and mindset into the meet this weekend. If we continue to do that and make this the norm, we're going to have some very special things happen."

An event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's performances Saturday:


Track Events

4x100-Meter Relay: Alabama's quartet of Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes and Dwight Daviswas dominant on the way to a 38.91 clocking, setting a meet and stadium record with the third-fastest time in the nation this season and the fourth-fastest time in Crimson Tide history. Florida State was second (40.49) with Penn State third (41.29).

3,000-Meter Steeplechase: Sam Dickerson of Missouri set a meet record to win at 8:51.74, edging Mattia Wolter of Louisville (8:51.91). Alabama's Parker Deuelwas fourth in his first steeplechase of the season with a time of 9:15.18.

400 Meters: Crimson Tide sophomore Dwight Davis won the men's 400 in 47.31. Running in heat one of the two-heat final, Dwight Davisof Alabama won his heat in 47.31 ahead of Oklahoma's Ethan Baker (47.44) and Bernard Bennett-Green (47.81). Davis moved out well off the blocks and was in control by 200 meters, coasting to the victory.

100 Meters: Running into a headwind of 0.3 meters per second, Akeem Haynes won the men's 100 in a personal-best of 10.38, breaking the meet record (10.46) that he set in 2013. Former Alabama sprinter Dushane Farrier was second in 10.63 with the Crimson Tide's Alex Sandersthird in 10.65. Haynes and Sanders ran in the first heat of the three-heat final.

800 Meters: Penn State sophomore Brannon Kidder won the men's 800 in 1:48.53, winning the first heat of the three-heat final ahead of teammate Za'Von Watkins (1:48.94). Alabama freshman Alex Amankwah was third in 1:49.37 with Jacopo Lahbi seventh at 1:50.45. Other Tide competitors were Ken Taylor (9th, 1:50.53), Andrew Harris (12th, 1:51.23), and Alex Jenkins(18th, 1:55.58).

400-Meter Hurdles: Penn State's Byron Robinson set a meet record while winning the men's 400-meter hurdles in 50.75. Alabama freshman Brennan Parkswas fourth (54.20).

200 Meters: Running in heat one of a three-heat final, Alabama's Diondre Batsonwon the men's 200 meters easily while running into a headwind with a time of 20.49 to set a meet record. Batson ran into a headwind of 0.4 meters per second. Batson finished almost a full second ahead of runner-up Cornelius Strickland of Indiana (21.47).

1,500 Meters: Alabama junior Matt Airolaoutpaced Indiana's Jordan Gornall at the finish to take a close victory in the men's 1,500 meters. Airola broke the tape in 3:48.18 ahead of Gornall's 3:49.90. Missouri's Kenneth Cushing was third (3:51.08) with Missouri's Tyler Schneider (3:51.78) fourth.

5,000 Meters: Louisville's Tyler Byrne won the men's 5,000 meters handily in a time of 14:12.88 ahead of his teammate, Edwin Kibichiy (14:18.12). Justin Ahalt was Alabama's top finisher in 10th (15:06.11) with Andrew Faris11th (15:10.46).

4x400-Meter Relay: The Alabama foursome of Dwight Davis, Alex Amankwah, Jacopo Lahbi and Ken Taylorheld off Florida State, finishing in 3:09.98 to FSU's 3:10.38. The Seminoles led the Crimson Tide through the first two legs, but an excellent 47.46 third leg by Lahbi pulled Alabama into a virtual tie for the lead entering the final baton exchange. At that point, Taylor moved into the lead and never let it go, running a strong leg or 47.75 that propelled Alabama to a victory.

Field Events

Hammer Throw: Charodd Richardsonwon the meet's opening event, improving his distance with each attempt on the way to a final mark of 62.82 meters (206 feet, 1 inch), a personal best by more than two feet. Richardson fouled on his first attempt before a legal throw of 59.79 (196-2) on his second try. His third attempt traveled 61 meters (200-1) before a foul on this fourth try. He took the lead over Louisville's Sam Bombaugh on his fifth attempt, a throw of 62.08 (203-8) before his winning mark of 62.82 (206-1) on his sixth and final attempt.

Discus: Hayden Reed and Joe Williams gave the Crimson Tide 18 team points with a 1-2 finish in the men's discus. Reed uncorked a lifetime best of 59.08 meters (193 feet, 10 inches) to win the event on his fourth attempt. Reed started with a toss of 58.03 (190-4) on his first throw, a mark that was good enough to win. He followed with a 58.73 (192-8) followed by a 57.35 (188-2). Williams was second with a best of 54.82 (179-10). Taber Wanstallwas seventh for Alabama with a best of 48.40 (158-9).

Javelin: Penn State's Michael Shuey broke the meet and facility record in an impressive performance in the men's javelin, finishing with a best throw of 72.69 meters (238 feet, 6 inches). MaCauley Garton of Missouri was second (68.10/223-5) with Garrett Snow of Oklahoma third (67.21/220-6). Crimson Tide sophomore Kevin Shannonwas seventh with a best of 61.00 (200-1).

Long Jump: Kamal Fuller'soutdoor season debut was successful but not without suspense as the senior pulled out a victory on his final attempt with a mark of 7.61 meters (24 feet, 11.75 inches) to set a meet record. Fuller edged Paul Madzivire of Florida State, who uncorked his best of 7.60 (24-11.25) on his final attempt. Fuller's series: 7.15 (23-5.50), 7.02 (23-0.50), Foul, 7.37 (24-2.25), 7.38 (24-2.50), and 7.61 (24-11.75).

Pole Vault: Everette Favor of Oklahoma won the men's pole vault with a clearance of 5.00 meters (16 feet, 4.75 inches), well ahead of runner-up Ryan Pierson of Alabama, who cleared 4.85 (15-11). Alabama's Jonathan Stieglerwas seventh at 4.70 (15-5).

High Jump: Crimson Tide sophomore Justin Fondrenset a career-best with his winning clearance of 2.21 meters (7 feet, 3 inches). Both Fondren and Florida State's James Harris cleared 2.21, but Fondren earned the victory by virtue of fewer missed jumps over the course of the competition. Fondren passed on the event's first height of 1.95 (6-4.75), then cleared all of the next three heights (2.99/6-6.75; 2.05/6-8.75; 2.10/6-10) on his first attempt before missing on his first attempt at 2.14 (7-0.25). He cleared that height on his second try, then cleared 2.17 (7-1.50) and 2.21 (7-3) on his second attempt.

Triple Jump: Penn State junior Steve Waithe won the men's triple jump with a best of 15.23 meters (49 feet, 11.75 inches). That was 9.50 inches ahead of Alabama sophomore Imani Brown, the runner-up at 14.94 (49-0.75). Crimson Tide indoor all-American and SEC indoor champion Jeremiah Greenwas fifth. Green posted only one legal effort in three tries, a leap of 14.31 (46-11.50), but he was injured on that legal attempt and withdrew from competition at that point.

Shot Put: Two Crimson Tide redshirt freshmen, Kyle Felpel and Hayden Reed, combined for a one-two finish in the men's shot put with Felpel winning on a best throw of 18.21 meters (59 feet, 9 inches) ahead of Reed's 18.16 (59-7). Other Alabama competitors were Nathan Karrin seventh place (15.62/51-3) and Ryan Glosson 10.72 (35-2).


Track Events

4x100-Meter Relay: Alabama's team of Quanesha Burks, Remona Burchell, Dominique Kimpel and Brianna Simsset a meet record en route to winning the women's 4x100-meter relay with a time of 44.32.

4x400-Meter Relay: Alabama's team of Brianna Sims, Yanique Malcolm, Shani Chandler and Alex Gholstonfinished runner-up in the women's 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:40.57, the eighth best in school history. Penn State won the event by clocking a Crimson Tide Invitational record of 3:37.46.

100 Meters: Alabama junior Remona Burchell trailed out of the blocks but recovered to win the women's 100-meter dash with a time of 11.42. Burchell's time is a new meet record and ranks seventh in school history, tied with Tulia Robinson (2001). Senior Sarah Thomasfinished third with a time of 12.03.

200 Meters: Running into a headwind of 0.7 meters per second, Penn State's Dynasty McGee took first place in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 24.23. In the same heat, Alabama junior Dominique Kimpel clocked a 24.74 to finish third overall. Alabama sophomore Kyri Taborplaced 11th after clocking a time of 25.19 in the second heat against a headwind of 0.4 meters per second.

400 Meters: Dynasty McGee of Penn State won the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 54.12. Alabama freshmen Alex Gholston (56.00) and Brianna Sims (56.71) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Senior Dacia Maysplaced eighth with a season-best time of 57.41.

800 Meters: Senior Yanique Malcolm earned Alabama 10 points with a first-place finish in the women's 800-meter run. Malcolm clocked a time of 2:06.83, the seventh-fastest time in school history. Sophomore Kimberley Ficenecfinished fifth in a time of 2:09.48. Senior Aubrielle Wright finished 15th with a time of 2:15.37.

1,500 Meters: Indiana's Arianne Raby (4:27.14) edged Alabama sophomore Meropi Panagiotou to win the women's 1,500 meters. Panagiotou's time of 4:27.25 was her best of the 2014 outdoor season. Anna Leinheiser clocked a personal-best time of 4:41.60 and finished 10th.

5,000 Meters: Florida State's Hannah Walker won the women's 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:13.77, a new Sam Bailey Track & Field Stadium record. Alabama sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf shattered her personal record by more than 16 seconds with a time of 16:47.88 en route to a fourth-place finish. Her previous personal best was 17:03.94. Freshman Allison Gregg clocked a 17:30.54 to finish ninth. Freshman Olivia Ortiz(18:10.30) and senior Claire Turner (18:15.17) also competed for the Crimson Tide.

100-meter Hurdles: Penn State's Evonne Britton won the women's 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.65. Sophomore Lacey Dent picked up two points for the Crimson Tide with a sixth-place finish after clocking a time of 14.38, while freshman Passion Gambleplaced 13th with a time of 14.85.

400-meter Hurdles: Penn State's Kiah Seymour set a new meet record with a time of 57.12 to win the women's 400-meter hurdles. Alabama senior Shani Chandlerplaced fifth after clocking a time of 1:01.35.

Field Events

Discus: Oklahoma's Alexandra Morgan won the women's discus throw with a mark of 52.48 meters (172 feet, 2 inches), a new Crimson Tide Invitational record. Alabama freshman Berta Amelinaiteplaced sixth with a throw of 45.56 meters (149 feet, 6 inches).

Hammer Throw: Sophomore Nia Barnespicked up Alabama's first victory of the day in the women's hammer throw. Barnes won with a new personal-best mark of 59.77 meters (196 feet, 1 inch), which ranks third in school history.

Long Jump: Alabama freshman Quanesha Burks won the women's long jump with a mark of 6.07 meters (19 feet, 11 inches). Burks finished just ahead of Louisville's duo of freshman Bre'Yana Wash (6.02 meters/19 feet, 9 inches) and sophomore Brittany Owens (5.99 meters/19 feet, 8 inches). Alabama sophomore Lacey Dentplaced sixth with a mark of 5.73 meters (18 feet, 9.75 inches).

Pole Vault: Alabama sophomore Autumn Conn was the top collegiate finisher in the women's pole vault by matching her career-best clearance of 3.97 meters (13 feet, 0.25 inches). Alabama freshman Lakan Taylor finished fifth by clearing 3.87 meters (12 feet, 8.25 inches) on her first attempt. Sophomore Anna Rawles cleared 3.87meters (12 feet, 8.25 inches) after a pair of misses and finished ninth. Former Alabama student-athlete Alexis Paine, competing unattached, was the top overall finisher with a new facility record of 4.17 meters (13 feet, 8.25 inches).

Triple Jump: Alabama's Merilyn Uudmae, a junior, won the women's triple jump with a mark of 12.30 meters (40 feet, 4.25 inches). Uudmae, who made her season debut in the triple jump Saturday, jumped her winning mark on her first attempt.

Shot Put: Alabama junior Candicea Bernardplaced fourth in the women's shot put with a mark of 15.14 meters (49 feet, 8.25 inches). Her best mark came on her first attempt of the night. Indiana's Kyla Buckley won the event with a mark of 17.08 meters (56 feet, 0.5 inches), a new meet record.

Crimson Tide Invite

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Team Scoring


1. Alabama............................................. 165

2. Penn State......................................... 115

3. Louisville........................................... 86

4. Florida State..................................... 63

5. Missouri............................................. 48

6. Indiana............................................... 41

7. Oklahoma......................................... 41


1. Penn State......................................... 164.5

2. Alabama............................................. 125

3. Florida State..................................... 74

4. Texas-Arlington.............................. 59

5. Oklahoma......................................... 45

6. Indiana............................................... 44

7. Louisville........................................... 41

8. Missouri............................................. 29.5

Alabama Results


Track Events

100 Meters - 1. Akeem Haynes, 10.38; 3. Alex Sanders, 10.65.
200 Meters - 1. Diondre Batson, 20.49; 13. Ryan Glosson, 23.20.
400 Meters - 1. Dwight Davis, 47.31.

800 Meters - 3. Alex Amankwah, 1:49.37; 7. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:50.45; 9, Ken Taylor, 1:50.53; 12. Andrew Harris, 1:51.23; 18. Alex Jenkins, 1:55.58.
1,500 Meters - 1. Matt Airola, 3:48.18; 9. Eric Sivill, 3:54.94; 10. Payton Ballard, 3:54.99; 11. Jeff Edmondson, 3:55.40.
5,000 Meters - 10. Justin Ahalt, 15:06.11; 11. Andrew Faris, 15:10.46;
400-Meter Hurdles - 4. Brennan Parks, 54.20.
4x100-Meter Relay - 1. Alabama (A. Sanders, D. Batson, A. Haynes, D. Davis), 38.91.
4x400-Meter Relay - 1. Alabama (D. Davis, K. Taylor, J. Lahbi, K. Taylor), 3:09.98.
3,000-Meter Steeplechase - 4. Parker Deuel, 9:15.18.

Field Events

Hammer - 1. Charodd Richardson, 62.82 (206-1).
Discus - 1. Hayden Reed, 59.08 (193-10); 2. Joe Williams, 54.83 (179-10); 7. Taber Wanstall, 48.40 (158-9).
Javelin - 7. Kevin Shannon, 61.00 (200-1).
Shot Put - 1. Kyle Felpel, 18.21 (59-9); 2. Hayden Reed, 18.16 (59-7); 7. Nathan Karr, 15.62/51-3; 8. Ryan Glosson, 10.72/35-2.
High Jump - 1. Justin Fondren, 2.21 (7-3).
Long Jump - 1. Kamal Fuller, 7.61 (24-11.75); 9. Nathan Vardaman, 6.82 (22-4.50); 11. Josh McCullan, 6.73 (22-1); 17. Ryan Glosson, 5.79 (19-0).
Triple Jump - 2. Imani Brown, 14.94 (49-0.25); 5. Jeremiah Green, 14.31 (46-11.50); 7. George Freiberger, 14.05 (46-1.25).
Pole Vault - 2. Ryan Pierson, 4.85 (15-11); 7. Jonathan Stiegler, 4.70 (15-5).


Track Events

4x100 relay - 1. (Quanesha Burks, Remona Burchell, Dominique Kimpel, Brianna Sims), 44.32.
4x400 relay - 2. (Brianna Sims, Yanique Malcolm, Shani Chandler, Alex Gholston), 3:40.57.
100 meters - 1. Remona Burchell, 11.42; 3. Sarah Thomas, 12.03
200 meters - 3. Dominique Kimpel, 24.74; 11. Kyri Tabor, 25.19.
400 meters - 4. Alex Gholston, 56.00; 5. Brianna Sims, 56.71; 8. Dacia Mays, 57.41.
800 meters - 1. Yanique Malcolm, 2:06.83; 5. Kimberley Ficenec, 2:09.48; 15. Aubrielle Wright, 2:15.37.
1,500 meters - 2. Meropi Panagiotou, 4:41.60; 10. Anna Leinheiser, 4:41.60.
5,000 meters - 4. Katelyn Greenleaf, 16:47.88; 9. Allison Gregg, 17:30.54; 16. Olivia Ortiz, 18:10.30; 17. Claire Turner, 18:15.17.
100m hurdles - 6. Lacey Dent, 14.38; 13. Passion Gamble, 14.85.
400m hurdles - 5. Shani Chandler, 1:01.35.

Field Events

Discus - 6. Berta Amelinaite, 45.56 meters.
Hammer - 1. Nia Barnes, 59.77 meters.
Long Jump - 1. Quanesha Burks, 6.07 meters; 6. Lacey Dent, 5.73 meters.
Pole Vault - 2*. Autumn Conn, 3.97 meters; 5. Lakan Taylor, 3.87 meters; 9. Anna Rawles, 3.87 meters.
Triple Jump - 1. Merilyn Uudmae, 12.30 meters
Shot Put - 4. Candicea Bernard, 15.14 meters
*Top collegiate finisher

Crimson Tide Invite Meet Records Set Saturday, April 5, 2014 (16):
Men's 4x100 - 38.91 (Alabama)
Women's 4x100 - 44.32 (Alabama)
Men's 3,000 Steeplechase - 8:51.74 (Sam Dickerson, Missouri)
Women's 3,000 Steeplechase - 9:56.96 (Colleen Quigley, Florida State)
Women's Discus - 52.48 meters/172 feet, 2 inches (Alexandra Morgan, Oklahoma)
Men's Javelin - 72.69 meters/238 feet, 6 inches (Michael Shuey, Penn State)
Men's Long Jump - 7.61 meters/24 feet, 11.75 inches (Kamal Fuller, Alabama)
Men's 100 - 10.38 (Akeem Haynes, Alabama)
Women's 100 - 11.42 (Remona Burchell, Alabama)
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles - 50.75 (Byron Robinson, Penn State)
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles - 57.12 (Kiah Seymour, Penn State)
Men's 200 - 20.49 (Diondre Batson, Alabama)
Men's High Jump - 2.21/7 feet, 3 inches (Justin Fondren, Alabama)
Women's 5,000 - 16:13.77 (Hannah Walker, Florida State)
Women's Shot Put - 17.08 meters/56 feet, 0.50 inches (Kyla Buckley, Indiana)
Women's 4x400-Meter Relay - 3:37.46 (Penn State)

Sam Bailey Track & Field Facility Records Set Saturday, April 5, 2014 (4):
Men's 4x100 - 38.91 (Alabama)
Women's 3,000 Steeplechase - 9:56.96 (Colleen Quigley, Florida State)
Men's Javelin - 72.69 meters/238 feet, 6 inches (Michael Shuey, Penn State)
Women's 5,000 - 16:13.77 (Hannah Walker, Florida State)