Uudmae Wins Triple Jump; Alabama Earns 12 Top-5 Finishes on Day 2 at Mt. SAC



April 19, 2014

Walnut, Calif. - Sophomore Merilyn Uudmae won the women's collegiate open triple jump and the University of Alabama track and field team netted a dozen top-5 performances Friday on the second day of the Mt. SAC Relays at Mount San Antonio College at Walnut, Calif. The Crimson Tide will complete competition at the Relays on Saturday night.

"We had a lot of great performances today," Alabama head coach Dan Waters said. "Today taught us how to be competitive with a lot of things going on around you. This is a very busy meet. There are so many great competitions happening at the same time, so it is a rewarding experience to stay focused and perform well. It was an opportunity for our athletes to prove themselves on a big stage, and I was pleased with how we performed. For those that may not have done as well as they expected, it was a great learning opportunity."

Uudmae won the women's triple jump with a wind-aided mark of 12.71 meters (41 feet, 8.25 inches), but her final attempt was a wind-legal mark of 12.70 meters (41 feet, 8 inches).

The men's team earned top-5 finishes in the 100 meters, 800 meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase, hammer throw, discus, shot put and high jump. The women's team landed top-5 performances in the hammer and pole vault (section B) and two in the long jump, which featured a runner-up finish by freshman Quanesha Burks and a fifth-place finish by sophomore Lacey Dent.

Alabama will resume action Saturday with invitational events, which include the men's hammer, men's shot put, men's and women's 100 meters, and 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays.

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


Track Events
100-meter dash: Running with a wind of 2.5 meters per second, Alabama senior Alex Sanders (10.26) ran step-for-step with Houston's Cameron Burrell (10.25) in the second heat of the men's 100-meter dash: Sanders finished runner-up in the heat and third overall.
400-meter dash: Alabama sophomore Dwight Davis broke the tape in 47.03 to set a new personal record and finish sixth in the men's 400-meter dash. Eastern Michigan's Tyler Brown won the event in 46.02.
800-meter run: Freshman Jacopo Lahbi (1:50.88) placed fifth among a field of 98 runners in the men's 800 meters. Junior Alex Amankwah (1:51.41) finished 12th.
1,500 meters: Freshman Jeff Edmondson clocked a time of 3:55.69, while freshman Payton Ballard recorded a time of 3:55.81.
3,000-meter steeplechase: Matt Airola stayed at the front of the pack in the men's Olympic development 3,000-meter steeplechase and earned a third-place finish. Airola's time of 8:51.97 is a new personal record and ranks eighth all-time in school history.

Field Events
Hammer Throw: Junior Charodd Richardson shattered his personal record for the third consecutive week in the men's hammer throw. Richardson finished third in the event Friday with a mark of 64.61 meters (212 feet) to top the mark of 63.08 meters (206 feet, 11 inches) that he set at last week's Alabama-Mississippi Border Clash. Minnesota State's Christopher Reed won the event with a mark of 65.70 meters (215 feet, 7 inches).
Javelin: Sophomore Kevin Shannon threw a mark of 58.75 meters (192 feet, 9 inches), but failed to qualify for the finals of the event. He finished 19th overall.
Shot Put: Redshirt freshman Hayden Reed threw four legal marks with a best of 17.45 meters (57 feet, 3 inches) to finish fifth in the men's shot put. Darien Moore of Concordia (Oregon) won the event with a mark of 18.64 meters.
Discus: Redshirt freshman Hayden Reed placed fifth with a mark of 59.97 meters (196 feet, 9 inches), which ranks fifth in school history. Redshirt freshman Joe Williams finished 16th with a mark of 55.60 meters (182 feet, 5 inches). Julian Wruck of UCLA won the event with a mark of 64.49 meters (211 feet, 7 inches).
Triple Jump: Sophomore Imani Brown finished sixth in the men's triple jump with a mark of 15.28 meters (50 feet, 1 3/4 inches). Brown's best mark came on his fifth attempt while jumping into a headwind of 1.6 meters per second. Iowa's Babatunde Amosu won the event with a mark of 15.97 meters (52 feet, 4 3/4 inches).
Long Jump: Senior Kamal Fuller posted his second-best mark of the season en route to a ninth-place finish in the men's long jump. Jumping into a headwind of 1.4 meters per second, Fuller notched his best mark of 7.44 meters (24 feet, 5 inches) on his fifth attempt. Sophomore Nathan Vardaman fouled on each of his three attempts. Jarrion Lawson of Arkansas won the event with a mark of 7.85 meters (25 feet, 9 1/4 inches).
High Jump: Sophomore Justin Fondren finished runner-up in the men's high jump after clearing 2.14 meters (7 feet, 1/4 inch). Fondren cleared 2.09 meters on his first attempt and 2.14 on his third and final attempt. His three tries at 2.19 meters were unsuccessful. Arizona State's Bryan McBridge took first after he cleared 2.19 meters (7 feet, 2 1/4 inches) successfully on his first attempt.


Track Events
100-meter dash: Running with a tailwind of 1.6 meters per second, freshman Quanesha Burks clocked a time of 11.55 to place sixth in the women's 100-meter dash. Junior Dominique Kimpel finished 20th with a time of 11.77 (+0.9 mps). Running with a wind of 2.4 meters per second, senior Sarah Thomas recorded a time of 11.92.
400-meter dash: With 30 meters remaining, sophomore Alex Gholston pulled away from the field to win the sixth heat of the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.31. She finished 26th overall.
800-meter run: Sophomore Kimberley Ficenec clocked a season-best time of 2:07.75 to finish ninth in the women's 800-meter run.
1,500-meter run: Sophomore Meropi Panagiotou finished the first heat of the women's 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:27.57. Freshman Hannah Waggoner recorded a time of 4:40.45, the best time of her young collegiate career.
400-meter hurdles: Senior Shani Chandler posted her best time of the season in the women's 400-meter hurdles when she clocked a 1:00.87 to finish 20th in the field of 57.

Field Events
Javelin: Junior Nia Barnes finished 18th with a mark of 39.95 meters (131 feet, 1 inch). Barnes' first attempt (39.92 meters) and her final attempt (39.95 meters) were her longest of the day.
Pole Vault: Freshman Lakan Taylor finished second in section B of the women's pole vault with a clearance of 4.15 meters (13 feet, 7 1/4 inches). Taylor cleared 4.15 meters on her first attempt, but was unable to clear the bar when it progressed to 4.30 meters. Taylor finished second due to misses, as she missed once at 3.85 meters and twice at 4.00 meters before clearing both heights. Sophomore Anna Rawles tied for sixth in section C of the women's pole vault with a clearance of 3.85 meters (12 feet, 7 1/2 inches), while sophomore Autumn Conn placed eighth with the same height clearance but an additional miss. Rawles passed on 3.70 meters and missed twice on 3.85 meters before a clearance on her third attempt. Conn missed her first attempt but cleared her second attempt at 3.70 meters. Conn then missed twice at 3.85 meters before clearing the bar on her final attempt. Both Alabama vaulters in section C missed on three attempts each at 4.00 meters.
Hammer Throw: Junior Nia Barnes was the top collegiate finisher in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 59.42 meters (194 feet, 11 inches), which ranks fourth in school history.
Shot Put: Junior Candicea Bernard placed eighth in the women's shot put with a mark of 14.59 meters (47 feet, 10 1/2 inches). Bernard threw five legal marks in the competition, and her sixth and final attempt was her longest of the day. Colorado State's Jessica Sharbono won the event with a mark of 15.95 meters.
Discus: Freshman Berta Amelinaite's best mark of the evening spanned 47.10 meters (154 feet, 6 inches), which did not advance her to the finals.
Triple Jump: Sophomore Merilyn Uudmae won the women's triple jump with a wind-aided (+2.5 meters per second) jump of 12.71 meters (41 feet, 8.25 inches). Uudmae's final attempt was a wind-legal (+1.5 m/s) mark of 12.70 meters (41 feet, 8 inches). Her final jump was the best wind-legal mark of her collegiate career.
Long Jump: Freshman Quanesha Burks was the top collegiate finisher in the women's long jump with a mark of 6.20 meters (20 feet, 4.25 inches), tying the 6th-best mark in school history. Sophomore Lacey Dent shattered her previous personal best with a mark of 6.20 meters (20 feet, 1 1/2 inches) en route to a fifth-place finish. Dent's previous best was 5.96 meters (19 feet, 7 inches). Anita Rogers, a member of the Central Park Track Club, won the event with a mark of 6.24 meters.

Alabama Results
Mt. SAC Relays - Day Two
Friday, April 18, 2014


100 meters (w: +2.5) - 3. Alex Sanders, 10.26.
400 meters - 6. Dwight Davis, 47.03
800 meters - 5. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:50.88; 12. Alex Amankwah, 1:51.41; DNF. Ken Taylor
1,500 meters - 77. Jeff Edmondson, 3:55.69; 78. Payton Ballard, 3:55.81.
3,000-meter Steeplechase (Olympic Dev.) - 3. Matt Airola, 8:51.97.
Hammer Throw - 3. Charodd Richardson, 64.61m (212)
Javelin - 19. Kevin Shannon, 58.75m (192-09).
Discus - 5. Hayden Reed, 59.97m (196-9); 16. Joe Williams, 55.60m (182-5)
Shot Put - 5. Hayden Reed, 17.45m (57-3)
Triple Jump (w: -1.6) - 6. Imani Brown, 15.28m (50-1.75)
Long Jump (w: -1.5) - 9. Kamal Fuller, 7.44m (24-5)
High Jump - 2. Justin Fondren, 2.14m (7-0.25)


100 meters (w: +1.6) - 6. Quanesha Burks, 11.55
100 meters (w: +0.9) - 20. Kimpel, 11.77
100 meters (w: +2.4) - 34. Sarah Thomas, 11.92
400 meters - 26. Alex Gholston, 55.31.
800 meters - 9. Kimberley Ficenec, 2:07.75.
1,500 meters - 29. Meropi Panagiotou, 4:27.57; 94. Hannah Waggoner, 4:40.45.
400-meter hurdles - 20. Shani Chandler, 1:00.87
Pole Vault (Section C) - 6. Anna Rawles, 3.85m (12-7.50); 8. Autumn Conn, 3.85m (12-7.50)
Pole Vault (Section B) - 2. Lakan Taylor, 4.15m (13-7.25)
Javelin - 18. Nia Barnes, 39.95m (131-1)
Shot Put - 8. Candicea Bernard, 14.59m (47-10.5)
Hammer - 2. Nia Barnes, 59.42m (194-11)
Discus - 25. Berta Amelinaite, 47.10m (154-6)
Triple Jump (w: +2.5) - 1. Merilyn Uudmae, 12.71m (41-8.25).
Long Jump (w: +1.5) - 2. Quanesha Burks, 6.20m (20-4.25)
Long Jump (w: +1.2) - 5. Lacey Dent, 6.13m (20-1.25)