April 20, 2014
WALNUT, Calif. - - Senior Diondre Batson won the men's 100-meter dash elite invitational Saturday to highlight Alabama's final day at the Mt. SAC Relays, hosted at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. For the weekend, Alabama racked up a pair of event victories and 15 top-5 finishes.
"We had a good meet and made some real positive improvements," Alabama head coach Dan Waters said. "We had several personal best and winning performances, but this meet showed that we had some technical work to do between now and the SEC meet."
Competing against some of the top professional and collegiate sprinters, Batson quickly separated himself from the pack in the men's 100-meter dash elite invitational. With no wind assistance, Batson clocked the fifth-best time in Alabama history when he crossed the finish line in 10.06 seconds, well ahead of runner-up Kemarly Brown's 10.13.
Junior Remona Burchell clocked a time of 11.24, the fourth-best time in school history, en route to a runner-up finish in the women's 100-meter dash elite invitational. In the women's 800-meter run elite invitational, Yanique Malcolm logged a season-best time of 2:06.27, which ranks fourth in school history.
Alabama will be off next weekend while athletes prepare for final exams. The Tide's next competition will be a tune-up meet at Mississippi State on May 3.
An event-by-event rundown of Alabama's competitions on Saturday:
100-meter dash: Senior Diondre Batson pulled away from a field of professional and collegiate competitors midway through the first heat of the men's 100-meter dash elite invitational andwon the event with a wind-legal (0.0) time of 10.06. Batson's time is tied for fifth-best in school history. Kemarly Brown of Merritt College clocked a wind-legal (+0.6) time of 10.13 to finish runner-up.
4x100-meter relay: Alabama's team of senior Alex Sanders, senior Diondre Batson, senior Akeem Haynes and sophomore Dwight Davis were unable to complete the men's 4x100-meter relay. Sanders ran a solid first leg but cramped up with the baton just inches from Batson's reach at the first exchange.
4x400-meter relay: Alabama's quartet of sophomore Dwight Davis, junior Alex Amankwah, sophomore Jacopo Lahbi and senior Ken Taylor placed sixth in the men's 4x400-meter relay after clocking a time of 3:08.42.
100-meter dash: Running with a tail wind of 0.8 meters per second, junior Remona Burchell overcame a sluggish start in lane nine and moved to the front of the pack with Oregon's Jenna Prandini (11.11), who pulled away in the final 30 meters to win the women's 100-meter dash elite invitational. Burchell finished runner-up in with a time of 11.24, which is tied for fourth in school history.
800-meter run: Senior Yanique Malcolm clocked her best time of the season in the women's 800-meter run elite invitational when she completed the second heat of the two-lap race in 2:06.27. Malcolm's time ranks fourth in school history. Oregon's Laura Roesler won the event with a time of 2:00.54.
4x100-meter relay: Alabama's team of Quanesha Burks, Remona Burchell, Dominique Kimpel and Sarah Thomas did not successfully move the baton around in the women's 4x100-meter invitational relay. After a successful first leg by Burks, Burchell closed in on the pack, but switched hands prior to the exchange and could not make the second handoff with Dominique Kimpel. Oregon won the event in a time of 43.31.
4x400-meter relay: Alabama's team of freshman Brianna Sims, freshman Alex Gholston, junior Dominique Kimpel and senior Yanique Malcolm finished second in their heat and 10th overall with a time of 3:40.58, which ranks eighth in school history. Nigeria's `B' team won the event in 3:28.78.
Hammer Throw: Sophomore Elias Hakansson was the second-best collegiate participant in the men's hammer throw elite invitational as his best mark of the day spanned 67.37 meters (221 feet). Hakansson finished seventh overall in the event, but his mark ranks seventh in school history. Marcel Lomnicky of Slovakia won the event with a throw of 76.77 meters (251 feet,10 inches).
Shot Put: Redshirt freshman Kyle Felpel threw a mark of 18.20 meters (59 feet, 8 1/2 inches) and finished 15th overall in the men's shot put elite invitational. After throwing marks of 18.12 meters, 17.70 meters and 17.72 meters, Felpel fouled on his fourth attempt and launched the 18.20-meter throw on his fifth attempt. He fouled on his final attempt. Chang Ming-Huang of Taiwan won the event with a mark of 19.86 meters (65 feet, 2 inches).
Mt. SAC Relays - Day Two
Saturday, April 19, 2014
100 meters (w: 0.0) - 1. Diondre Batson, 10.06.
4x100m relay - DNF. Alabama (Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes, Dwight Davis), DNF.
4x400m relay - 6. Alabama (Dwight Davis, Alex Amankwah, Jacopo Lahbi, Ken Taylor), 3:08.42.
Hammer - 7. Elias Hakansson, 67.37m (221-0).
Shot Put - 15. Kyle Felpel, 18.20m (59-8.5).
100 meters (w: +0.8) - 2. Remona Burchell, 11.24.
800 meters - 23. Yanique Malcolm, 2:06.27.
4x100m relay - DNF. Alabama (Quanesha Burks, Remona Burchell, Dominique Kimpel, Sarah Thomas), DNF.
4x400m relay - 10. Alabama (Brianna Sims, Alex Gholston, Dominique Kimpel, Yanique Malcolm), 3:40.31.