Alabama Track and Field Has Successful Day at the SEC Championships

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Lacey Dent finished 11th in the heptathlon
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Lacey Dent finished 11th in the heptathlon
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May 10, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. - On a brisk, chilly second day of competition in the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Missouri's Audrey J. Walton Stadium, the University of Alabama's track and field squad had a successful second day of competition.

With three events finishing on Friday, the Crimson Tide scored points in the women's hammer throw by Lee Stowers. In her last SEC Outdoor Championships, Stowers finished seventh in the hammer throw, logging a throw of 178 feet, 11 inches (54.53 meters).

"Lee's performance today was outstanding," said throws coach Doug Reynolds. "Similar to yesterday, we felt like we were really hoping to pull two [athletes] into the final. Lee stepped up, did exactly what she needed to do. She put herself in the elite group in the finals of the SEC with nobody else's help. It was all on her - she competed hard and she earned every bit of those points and we couldn't be prouder of her." 

With the finish, Stowers recorded the first two points for women's team at the 2013 Championships. Teammate Nia Barnes finished tenth, right outside of qualifying for the finals.

The track events started in the Friday evening session, with a pair of Crimson Tide athletes qualifying for the finals in their respective events. Junior Yanique Malcolm earned an automatic qualification into Sunday's final in the women's 800 meters by finishing second in her heat, she ran the eighth fastest time overall at 2:08.48.

Diondre Batson won his heat in the men's 200 meters, giving him an automatic bid to Sunday's final. Batson's time of 20.91 was the fifth fastest time of the day. 

Rounding out the second day of competition, Austin Duckworth finished 14th in the men's 10,000 meters with a time of 31:39.24, while on the women's side Katelyn Greenleaf ran a 35:07.51 and placed 14th.

Earlier in day, Lacey Dent capped off her 11th place finish in the heptathlon with a sixth place finish in the long jump, with a mark of 18 feet, three inches (5.57 meters). Dent tacked on a place of 10th in the javelin (90-10, 27.70m), while placing 13th in the 800 meters with a time of 2:34.75.

After two days the men's team is tied with Auburn for sixth, both have earned six points. On the women's side, Alabama ranks 12th with two points.

Day three of the meet gets underway on Saturday with the men's javelin at 1 p.m. CT. Follow along with Alabama's official Track and Field Twitter, @AlabamaTrack


2013 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - ALABAMA RESULTS

MEN

200 Meters (Prelims) - 5. Diondre Batson 20.91Q; 23. Dushane Farrier 21.60; 26. James Harrington 21.71. 
800 Meters (Prelims) - 15. Ken Taylor 1:51.60; 28. Andrew Harris 1:56.07; 29. Alex Jenkins 1:56.53; 30. Alex LoPresti 1:56.83.  
10,000 Meters (Finals) - 14. Austin Duckworth 31:39.24; 18. Gil Walton 32:42.84. 

WOMEN

Heptathlon - 11. Lacey Dent 4,824 points.
Long Jump (Hep.) - 6. Lacey Dent 18-3 (5.57m).
Javelin (Hep.) - 10. Lacey Dent 90-10 (27.70m).
800 Meters (Hep.) - 13. Lacey Dent 2:34.75.
Hammer - 7. Lee Stowers 178-11 (54.53m); 10. Nia Barnes 174-6 (53.18m). 
200 Meters (Prelims) - 27. Sarah Thomas 25.07. 
400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) - 15. Shani Chandler 1:01.71. 
800 Meters (Prelims) - 8. Yanique Malcolm 2:08.48 (Q); 17. Aubrielle Wright 2:12.62. 
10,000 Meters (Finals) - 14. Katelyn Greenleaf 35:07.51.

NOTES

*Freshman Lacey Dent finished the heptathlon with 4,824 points which ranks sixth all-time in UA history.
*Senior thrower Lee Stowers recorded her best finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships in the hammer throw with a seventh place finish (previous finishes: 2010: 16th; 2011: 13th; 2012: eighth). 
*Stowers' best throw of the day at 178-11 ranks third all time in UA history. 
*With today's finish, both men and women scored points in the hammer throw.
*Diondre Batson won his heat and qualified for the 200 meters, only the second time this year he has competed in the event (first was at the Crimson Tide Invitational - finished first).
*Yanique Malcolm qualified for the 800 meters final by finishing second in her heat.

QUOTES

Throws Coach Doug Reynolds

On Lee Stowers today:

"Lee's performance today was outstanding. Similar to yesterday, we felt like we were really hoping to pull two [athletes] into the final. Lee stepped up, did exactly what she needed to do. Nia [Barnes] competed well, as well. She just didn't [score for us today]. Lee stepped up - a year ago she scored points as she finished eighth in this conference - we added two teams and the reality was that a year ago we had bad weather conditions and a lot of the girls beat themselves and she just did what she does. This year nobody beat themselves and everybody competed hard and she put herself through hard work and dedication all year long. She put herself in the elite group in the finals of the SEC with nobody else's help. It was all on her - she competed hard and she earned every bit of those points and we couldn't be prouder of her."

Team Standings after Day Two

MEN 

1.) Florida (35 points)
2.) Arkansas (25 points)
3.) Georgia (17 points)
4.) Missouri (15 points)
5.) Texas A&M (7 points)
t6.) Alabama (6 points)
t6.) Auburn (6 points)
8.) Tennessee (4 points)
t9.) Mississippi (1 point)
t9.) Louisiana State University (1 point)

WOMEN

1.) Arkansas (21 points)
2.) Louisiana State University (17 points)
3.) Georgia (16 points)
4.) Florida (14 points) 
5.) Kentucky (12 points)
6.) Mississippi State (8 points)
7.) Vanderbilt (7 points)
8.) Auburn (6 points)
t9.) Mississippi (5 points)
t9.) Texas A&M (5 points)
11.) Missouri (4 points)
12.) Alabama (2 points)