Greenleaf Sets Record, Tide Win 14 Events While Sweeping Team Titles

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf set a school record in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase
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Sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf set a school record in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase
ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

May 3, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. - - Alabama sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf set a school record in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase as the Tide concluded its regular season by winning 14 events on Saturday, the final day of the Jace Lacoste Invitational at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss.

Alabama won a total of 17 of the 38 events this weekend, as the Tide topped both the men's and women's team standings by impressive margins. The men's team scored 184 points to outpace Mississippi State's 156 while the women's team scored 150.5 points to place well ahead of State's 109.5 Eight schools competed on the women's side while six teams competed in the men's division.

"This was a great meet for us," Alabama head coach Dan Waters said. "We showed great technical proficiency in a lot of events and really made some nice improvements. I think it prepared us well for the championship portion of the season."

Greenleaf paced herself in front of her competition during the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, which dwindled to a three-woman field after Alabama freshman Hannah Waggoner removed herself from the oval in the early portion of the race. Greenleaf held the lead nearly the entire race and crossed the tape in 10:35.46, nearly an entire lap ahead of runner-up Emma Neigel (11:25.52). Greenleaf's time was a three-second improvement over the previous school record of 10:38.91, set by teammate Rebecca Stover in 2013.

"That was a fantastic run to win that by herself out ahead of the pack," Waters said of Greenleaf's performance. "For that to be her first steeplechase ever, it shows she has a lot of upside in the event."

Senior Diondre Batson, the nation's leader in the 100-meter dash, notched another event victory when he posted a wind-legal 10.04 in the men's 100-meter dash. Alabama swept the 4x100-meter relays, the 100-meter dashes, the 800-meter runs, and the men's and women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Alabama will have a weekend off before traveling to Lexington, Ky., for the SEC Outdoor Championships May 15-18.

TRACK EVENTS

Men

100-meter dash: With a barely-legal tailwind of 2.0 meters per second, senior Diondre Batson cruised to a victory in the men's 100-meter dash. Batson clocked a time of 10.04, which is tied for third in school history with Emmit King's 1983 run in Zurich, Switzerland. Batson finished 0.4 seconds ahead of Virginia Tech's Dante Price, who finished runner-up with a time of 10.47.

400 meters: Sophomore Dwight Davis spent much of the men's 400-meter dash stride-for-stride with Oklahoma junior Ethan Baker, but Davis pulled away as he moved closer to the finish line. Davis clocked a 47.17 to earn the victory, while Baker finished second in 47.34.

800 meters: Junior Alex Amankwah set a personal best of 1:47.89, the fifth-fastest time in school history, to win the men's 800-meter dash. Amankwah crossed the tape nearly a second ahead of runner-up Otniel Teixeira (1:48.74) of Florida State. Freshman Jacopo Lahbi finished fourth in a time of 1:50.05. Sophomores Andrew Harris (1:53.93) and Alex Jenkins (1:55.58) placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

400-meter hurdles: Junior Brennan Parks placed sixth in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.53. Mississippi State sophomore Scottie Hearn won the event with a time of 51.04.

Mile: The men's one-mile run featured a 14-man field, but it quickly became an impressive head-to-head battle for first place between Alabama's Matt Airola and Oklahoma's Brandon Doughty. Airola was unable to catch Doughty, who won with a time of 4:00.53. Airola clocked a time of 4:01.55. Alabama sophomore Parker Deuel finished third in 4:08.35, while freshmen Payton Ballard (4:17.52) and Jeff Edmondson(4:24.98) placed ninth and 12th, respectively.

3,000-meter steeplechase: Alabama sophomore Eric Sivill clocked a personal record of 9:25.40 to win the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase.

4x100-meter relay: Freshman jumper Jeremiah Green made his collegiate debut as a sprinter when he filled in as the first leg of Alabama's 4x100-meter relay team, which won the event with a time of 39.65. Senior Diondre Batson, senior Akeem Haynes and sophomore Dwight Davis rounded out the foursome.

4x400-meter relay: Alabama's quartet of sophomore Dwight Davis, senior Diondre Batson, senior Ken Taylor and junior Alex Amankwah closed the meet by clocking a time of 3:07.61 to win the men's 4x400-meter relay. A late surge by Amankwah, the Tide's anchor leg, held off a charge from Mississippi State's team, which finished second in 3:10.00.

Women

100-meter dash: Running with a tailwind of 2.0 meters per second, freshman Quanesha Burks and junior Dominique Kimpel earned Alabama a 1-2 finish in the women's 100-meter dash. Burks won the event with a time of 11.59, while Kimpel finished runner-up with a season-best time of 11.64.

200-meter dash: Junior Dominique Kimpel won the women's 200-meter dash with a wind-legal (+1.4) time of 23.55, a time that ranks ninth in Alabama history. Kimpel finished an eyelash ahead of Missouri State junior Althia Maximilien (23.61). Sophomore Lacey Dent also competed in the 200 meters, clocking a 25.68 to finish 13th.

400 meters: Freshman Alex Gholston clocked a personal best of 54.39 to finish third in the women's 400-meter dash. Missouri State junior Althia Maximilien (53.48) won the event, and Iowa State junior Kendra White (53.97) placed second.

800 meters: Senior Yanique Malcolm put together her best race of the outdoor season, winning the 800-meter run in 2:04.98, a time that ranks third in Alabama history. Sophomore Kimberley Ficenec placed third with a personal record of 2:06.19. Sophomore Meropi Panagiotou made her season debut in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.78 to finish fifth.

100-meter hurdles: Sophomore Lacey Dent recorded a wind-aided (+3.4 m/s) time of 14.08 to finish third in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Passion Gamble clocked a time of 14.26 to place seventh.

400-meter hurdles: Senior Shani Chandler placed seventh in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.24. Iowa State senior Eseroghene Okoro won the event with a time of 56.93.

Mile: Sophomore Meropi Panagiotou placed sixth in the women's one-mile run with a time of 4:53.80. Freshmen Olivia Ortiz (5:04.34) and Allison Gregg (5:13.19) finished 11th and 13th, respectively.

3,000-meter steeplechase: Making her collegiate 3,000-meter steeplechase debut, sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf shattered the Alabama record en route to winning the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Greenleaf nearly lapped her competition and bested the previous school record by nearly three seconds when she finished the race in 10:35.46. Freshman Hannah Waggoner started the race but was unable to finish.

4x100-meter relay: Alabama's quartet of freshman Quanesha Burks, senior Remona Burchell, junior Dominique Kimpel and freshman Brianna Sims set the tone for the Tide by winning the women's 4x100-meter relay--the first track event of the day. With four clean baton exchanges, Alabama clocked a time of 44.18, which ranks seventh in school history. The Tide finished well ahead of second place Missouri State (45.71).

4x400-meter relay: Alabama's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Shani Chandler, freshman Alex Gholston, sophomore Lacey Dent and senior Yanique Malcolm finished runner-up to Missouri State (3:39.47). Heading into the anchor leg, Alabama trailed by a substantial margin, but Malcolm made up plenty of ground and helped the Crimson Tide record a time of 3:42.45.

FIELD EVENTS

Men

Javelin: Alabama sophomore Kevin Shannon placed fourth in the men's javelin with a mark of 54.74 meters (179 feet, 7 inches).

Shot Put: Redshirt freshman Kyle Felpel threw 18.36 meters (60 feet, 3 inches), his best mark of the outdoor season, to finish runner-up in the men's shot put. Fellow redshirt freshmen Hayden Reed placed third with a mark of 17.82 meters (58 feet, 5 3/4 inches) and Nathan Karr placed sixth with a personal-best mark of 15.92 meters (52 feet, 2 3/4 inches).

Discus: Alabama finished 1-2 in the men's discus competition. Redshirt freshman Hayden Reed won the event with a mark of 57.23 meters (187 feet, 9 inches), while redshirt freshman Joe Williams finished runner-up with a mark of 57.05 meters (187 feet, 2 inches). Senior Taber Wanstall's mark of 46.47 meters (152 feet, 5 inches) earned him a fifth-place finish.

Long Jump: Sophomore Nathan Vardaman placed fourth in the men's long jump with a wind-legal (+1.6) mark of 7.16 meters (23 feet, 6 inches), matching his best mark of the season. Freshman Jeremiah Green made his long jump season debut and finished seventh with a wind-legal (+0.2) mark of 6.87 meters (22 feet, 6 1/2 inches). Sophomore Josh McCullan jumped 6.48 meters (21 feet, 3 1/4 inches) to finish 10th.

Triple Jump: Sophomore Imani Brown was the top collegiate finisher in the men's triple jump with a wind-aided (+3.2) mark of 14.96 meters (49 feet, 1 inch). Freshman Jeremiah Green finished third overall and second among college competitors with a wind-aided (+3.3) mark of 14.83 meters (48 feet, 8 inches). Sophomore George Freibergerf inished fourth overall with a wind-aided (+2.2) mark of 14.15 meters (46 feet, 5 1/4 inches).

High Jump: Sophomore Justin Fondren was the top collegiate finisher in the men's high jump after clearing 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2 1/2 inches). Fondren missed that height twice before clearing it on his third and final attempt. Fondren and unattached jumper Marcus Jackson then passed on 2.23 meters (7 feet, 3 3/4 inches) in order to attempt 2.26 meters (7 feet, 5 inches). Each jumper attempted three tries at that height, but neither was able to clear the bar.

Pole Vault: Freshman Ryan Pierson placed fifth in the men's pole vault by clearing 4.75 meters (15 feet, 7 inches). Sophomore Johnny Stiegler no-heighted.

Women

Shot Put: Junior Candicea Bernard finished runner-up in the women's shot put with a throw of 15.41 meters (50 feet, 6 3/4 inches), a mark that matches her outdoor personal best and ties for eighth in school history. Iowa State junior Christina Hillman won the event with a toss of 16.86 meters (55 feet, 3 3/4 inches).

Discus: Freshman Berta Amelinaite set a personal record of 48.15 meters (157 feet, 11 inches) to finish third in the women's discus competition. Junior Candicea Bernard (42.11 meters/138 feet, 2 inches) placed seventh. Oklahoma junior Alexandra Morgan won the event with a mark of 49.97 meters (163 feet, 11 inches).

Long Jump: Sophomore Merilyn Uudmae jumped a wind-aided (+2.4 m/s) distance of 5.68 meters (18 feet, 7 3/4 inches) to place fifth in the women's long jump. Mississippi State's Rochelle Farquharson won the competition with a wind-aided jump of 6.36 meters (20 feet, 10 1/2 inches).

Triple Jump: Sophomore Merilyn Uudmae placed third in the women's triple jump with a wind-legal mark of 11.59 meters (38 feet, 1/4 inch). Ebony Brinker of Mississippi State jumped a wind-aided mark of 12.20 meters (40 feet, 1/2 inch) to win the event.

Jace Lacoste Invitational
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Alabama Results

MEN

100 meters (+2.0) - 1. Diondre Batson, 10.04.
400 meters - 1. Dwight Davis, 47.17.
800 meters - 1. Alex Amankwah, 1:47.89; 4. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:50.05; 7. Andrew Harris, 1:53.93; 8. Alex Jenkins, 1:55.58; DNF. Payton Ballard.
400-meter hurdles - 6. Brennan Parks, 54.53.
Mile - 2. Matt Airola, 4:01.55; 3. Parker Deuel, 4:08.35; 9. Payton Ballard, 4:17.52; 12. Jeff Edmondson, 4:24.98.
3,000-meter Steeplechase - 1. Eric Sivill, 9:25.40.
4x100m - 1. Alabama (Jeremiah Green, Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes, Dwight Davis), 39.65.
4x400m - 1. Alabama (Dwight Davis, Diondre Batson, Jacopo Lahbi, Alex Amankwah), 3:07.61.
Javelin - 4. Kevin Shannon, 54.74m (179-7).
Shot Put - 2. Kyle Felpel, 18.36m (60-3); 3. Hayden Reed, 17.82m (58-5.75); 6. Nathan Karr, 15.92m (52-2.75).
Discus - 1. Hayden Reed, 57.23m (187-9); 2. Joe Williams, 57.05m (187-2); 5. Taber Wanstall, 46.47m (152-5).
Long Jump (w: +1.6) - 4. Nathan Vardaman, 7.16m (23-6)
Long Jump (w: +0.2) - 7. Jeremiah Green, 6.87m (22-6.50)
Long Jump (w: +0.1) - 10. Josh McCullan, 6.48m (21-3.25).
Triple Jump (w: +3.2) - 2. Imani Brown*, 14.96m (49-1)
Triple Jump (w: +3.3) - 3. Jeremiah Green, 14.83m (48-8)
Triple Jump (w: +2.2) - 4. George Freiberger, 14.15m (46-5.25)
High Jump - 2. Justin Fondren*, 2.20m (7-2.50)
Pole Vault - 5. Ryan Pierson, 4.75m (15-7); NH. Jonny Stiegler

WOMEN

100 meters (w: +2.0) - 1. Quanesha Burks, 11.59; 2. Dominique Kimpel, 11.64.
200 meters (w: +1.4) - 1. Dominique Kimpel, 23.55
200 meters (w: +1.6) - 13. Lacey Dent, 25.68
400 meters - 3. Alex Gholston, 54.39.
800 meters - 1. Yanique Malcolm, 2:04.98; 3. Kimberley Ficenec, 2:06.19; 5. Meropi Panagiotou, 2:12.78.
100-meter hurdles (w: +3.4) - 3. Lacey Dent, 14.08; 7. Passion Gamble, 14.26.
400-meter hurdles - 7. Shani Chandler, 1:02.24.
Mile - 6. Meropi Panagiotou, 4:53.80; 11. Olivia Ortiz, 5:04.34; 13. Allison Gregg, 5:13.19.
3,000-meter Steeplechase - 1. Katelyn Greenleaf, 10:35.46.***
4x100m - 1. Alabama (Quanesha Burks, Remona Burchell, Dominique Kimpel, Brianna Sims), 44.18.
4x400m - 2. Alabama (Shani Chandler, Alex Gholston, Lacey Dent, Yanique Malcolm), 3:42.45.
Shot Put - 2. Candicea Bernard, 15.41m (50-6.75).
Discus - 3. Berta Amelinaite, 48.15m (157-11); 7. Candicea Bernard, 42.11m (138-2).
Long Jump (w: +2.4) - 5. Merilyn Uudmae, 5.68m (18-7.75).
Triple Jump (w: +1.6) - 3. Merilyn, Uudmae, 11.59m (38-0.25).
* - denotes top collegiate finisher
*** - denotes school record

Team Scoring

Women - 1. Alabama, 150.5; 2. Mississippi State, 109.5; 3. Missouri State, 79; t-4. UAB, 72; t-4. Iowa State, 72; 6. Oklahoma, 51; 7. Florida State, 26.5; 8. Virginia Tech, 18.

Men - 1. Alabama, 184; 2. Mississippi State, 156; 3. Oklahoma, 85; 4. Iowa State, 80; 5. Florida State, 56; 6. Virginia Tech, 44.

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