Hakansson Sets School Record in Hammer

Alexis Paine

April 27, 2013

Birmingham, Ala. - Led by Elias Hakansson'snew school record in the hammer throw, the University of Alabama track and field team had a record-breaking day at the 2013 Samford Multi Invitational on Saturday in Birmingham. The team won two events and set six personal records and season highs, while posting four performances that rank among the school's top 10 for those events.

Hakansson, a freshman, continued his impressive first year at Alabama. Not only did Hakansson win his third event of the outdoor season, he extended his UA record in the hammer throw with a mark of 211 feet, 4 inches. Four of his five legal throws from Saturday rank in the school's all-time top 10. Hakansson's first throw of 205-2 ranks just outside the school's top 10 list, while his second throw of 207-4 is the 10th best throw in UA history. The third throw in his series traveled 209-5 which ranks 9th in Crimson Tide annals. After a foul on his fourth throw, Hakansson registered his all-time best throw of 211-4, re-setting the UA record. The native of Halmstad, Sweden, put up a throw of 209-5 on his final throw, good for 7th in UA history.

Hakansson now holds all 10 spots on the school's top-10 list. In just three meets, Hakansson has recorded 13 throws of over 200 feet, the only athlete in Alabama history to record a throw of over that distance.

Also, sophomore thrower Charodd Richardson set a new personal best in the hammer by recording a mark of 198-2 for a third-place finish. His brother, Charond Richardson, placed 10th with a throw of 171-5.

"Elias set a school record and is capable of even more, but the person I am really proud of today is Charodd Richardson," said UA assistant coach Doug Reynolds, who coaches the Tide throwers. "Charodd did a great job today and is really starting to come into his own and should be a factor at the SEC meet in two weeks."

On the women's side, a victory by veteran Alexis Paine in the pole vault highlighted the day. Paine captured her fourth victory of the year in the pole vault by recording a mark of 13-3½. Also in the pole vault, Anna Rawles set a new career best, vaulting 12-5½, and Autumn Conntied her personal best with an identical vault of 12-5½. They finished tied for fifth.

Freshman jumper George Freibergerhad his higest finish of the year, finishing second with a mark of 46-2. Fellow freshman Jonny Steigler finished fifth in the pole vault, clearing 15-1.

Sophomore Nia Barnes put together a remarkable day as well, finishing second in the hammer throw. Barnes' throw of 179-0 is the longest of her career, and ranks second on the UA all-time list. Lee Stowersgarnered a third-place finish, recording a mark of 177-11 - tied for third in Alabama history.

"Nia PR'd today after struggling most of the season, so that is a big positive for us," Reynolds said. "She's capable of being a factor at SECs as well. Lee barely missed a big throw due to a toe foul, but she had a strong, consistent series."

Alabama Results at the Samford Multi Invitational Saturday, April 27, 2013

3,000 Meter - 4. Eric Sivill, 8:43.15; 7. Justin Ahalt, 8:52.53. Hammer - 1. Elias Hakansson, 211-4 (64.42m); 3. Charodd Richardson, 198-2 (60.40m); 10. Charond Richardson, 171-5 (52.26m). Discus - 13. Taber Wanstall, 139-2 (42.41m). Pole Vault - 5. Jonny Steigler, 15-1 (4.60m). Triple Jump - 2. George Freiberger, 46-2 (14.07m).

3,000 Meter - 4. Claire Turner, 10:28.15. Javelin - 4. Bekah Hoppis, 131-5 (40.06m); 5. Nia Barnes, 123-7 (37.66m). Pole Vault - 1. Alexis Paine, 13-3 ½ (4.05m); 5. Anna Rawles, 12-5 ½ (3.80m); 5. Autumn Conn, 12-5 ½ (3.80m); Reed Hancock, 11-5 ¾ (3.50m). Hammer - 2. Nia Barnes, 179-0 (54.57m); 3. Lee Stowers, 177-11 (54.24m).