April 27, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -
A pair of personal bests in the 5,000 meters highlighted the first two days of the Drake Relays for the University of Alabama track and field team.
Both Austin Duckworth and Andrea Torske bettered their previous best in the event by more than 13 seconds as Torske finished ninth in the women's race with a time of 16:44.26. That performance also moved her into seventh all-time at UA in the event. Duckworth was 12th in the men's race with a time of 14:37.76.
The Crimson Tide's jumpers continued to record strong performances as Krystle Schade finished second in the high jump by clearing 5-11.25 and her male counterpart, Tyler Campbell, was fifth in the men's high jump at 6-10.75. Kamal Fuller came in sixth with a jump of 24-2.5.
On the track, UA also had athletes qualify for final events tomorrow. Dushane Farrier turned in the seventh fastest time in the 100 meters of 10.53 to advance and Kaylon Eppinger was sixth in the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries to move on with a 13.80 finish. The men's 4x100-meter relay team also finished in 40.87, the eighth fastest time of the day, to earn a spot in Saturday's finals.
The Tide is scheduled to have athletes competing in 12 events on the final day of the prestigious event that features more than 7,000 athletes from across the nation competing in Des Moines.
Alabama Drake Relays Results
100 Meters (Prelims)
7. Dushane Farrier, 10.53
12. Austin Duckworth, 14:37.76
15. Nathan Corder, 15:29.35
4x100-Meter Relay (Prelim)
8. Kyle Hester, Dushane Farrier, Dwayne Extol, Joel Lynch, 40.87
14. Joel Lynch, Dwayne Extol, Dushane Farrier, Kyle Hester, 3:13.75
5. Tyler Campbell, 6-10.75
6. Kamal Fuller, 24-2.5
9. Andrea Torske, 16:44.26
16. Kelsey Johnson, 17:10.57
100-Meter Hurdles (Prelim)
6. Kaylon Eppinger, 13.80
11. Audra Frimpong, Camilla Armstead, Sarah Thomas, Shani Chandler, 47.24
20. Dacia Mays, Shani Chandler, Camilla Armstead, Sarah Thomas, 3:50.52
11. Leigh Gilmore, Katlyn Will, Elsbeth Denton, Aubrielle Wright, 9:06.83
7. Leigh Gilmore, Katlyn Will, Elsbeth Denton, Sarah Gilmore, 19:55.37
2. Krystle Schade, 5-11.25
19. Brittany Hines, 123-10