April 20, 2013
Baton Rouge, La. - University of Alabama track and field athletes won five individual events on Saturday against some of the nation's top athletes at the LSU Alumni Gold track meet at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium on the LSU campus.
"Overall, I was disappointed today because we missed an opportunity to improve," said head coach Dan Waters. "We had some chances to compete today and just were flat. We had some good performances, though. I was pleased with how Diondre (Batson), Krystle (Schade) and Alexis (Paine) competed today. Some fought through it while others fell short."
Sprinter Diondre Batson won the men's 100-meter dash and Andrew Harris won the men's B section 800 meters while Krystle Schade won the women's high jump and Alexis Paine won the women's pole vault. Batson, the 2013 world leader in the 100 after a 10.06 performance last week at Georgia, won the event in 10.26 this time, beating a quality field including Texas A&M's Ameer Webb (10.27) and Prezel Hardy, Jr. (10.30) and Aaron Ernest of LSU (10.35).
Paine, ranked second in the college ranks in the women's pole vault this season, cleared 13-10 to win the event ahead of an excellent field. She outpaced her closest competitor, Stephanie Richartz of Illinois, by 5 3/4 inches. Schade is rounding into form after some minor injuries have limited her thus far in the outdoor season. She placed well ahead of South Florida's Courtney Anderson, who cleared 5-9 1/4 for second place. In the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Parker Deuel won the event for Alabama in 9:30.55, just ahead of teammate Matt Joyner (9:39.83).