April 28, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -
The University of Alabama track and field team finished competition at the three-day Drake Relays with strong performances in the sprints and hurdles on Saturday.
Dushane Farrier turned in a seventh-place finish in the men’s 100-meters with a time of 10.56, his second fastest non-wind aided time of the season. In the hurdles, Kaylon Eppinger was fifth in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.87. Her teammate in the 400-meter hurdles, Shani Chandler, continued her outstanding season by coming in ninth with a time of 59.48. Chandler’s performance marked the first time this season she has not won the event. However the Drake Relays are regarded as one of the finest track and field meets in the nation with more than 7,000 competitors descending on Des Moines, Iowa, for the event.
The Crimson Tide also earned a top-10 finish in the women’s triple jump as Chloe Hetherton jumped 40-9 to finish ninth.
The meet provided a sneak peek for the UA athletes expected to advance to the NCAA Championships as that event is scheduled to be contested on the same track in early June.
In the first two days of the relays, the Tide got a pair of 13-second personal bests in the 5,000 meters from Andrea Torske and Austin Duckworth. Torske’s time of 16:44.26 in the women’s race was the seventh fastest time in UA history.
The Crimson Tide’s jumpers also recorded 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.
Select members of the Tide will be in action next weekend at Samford as the entire team continues its preparations for the SEC Championships the following weekend in Baton Rouge, La.
Alabama Drake Relays Results (Saturday)
7. Dushane Farrier, 10.56
Distance Medley Relay
14. Gary Bradbury, Joel Lynch, Terrell Mickens, Matt Joyner, 10:04.77
16. Warrick Campbell, 46-7.5
5. Kaylon Eppinger, 13.87
9. Shani Chandler, 59.48
9. Chloe Hetherton, 40-9
14. Merilyn Uudmae, 40-5.5
12. Angelica Howard, 179-8