Seniors Paine and Schade Lead the Crimson Tide at Day Three of the SEC Championships

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Nathan Vardaman competed today in the long jump
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Nathan Vardaman competed today in the long jump
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May 11, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Krystle Schade and Alexis Paine paced the Alabama track and field teams on day three of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Outdoor Championships at the University of Missouri's Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

The Crimson Tide saw points scored in three women's events today. Krystle Schade took home third in the high jump, Alexis Paine placed fourth in the pole vault and in the 3,000-meter steeplechase freshman Rebecca Stover finished eighth while setting a new school record in the event.

"Today was a productive day for us," said UA head coach Dan Waters. "I think the older athletes scoring points is great, and the progression of the younger guys as well - they competed with a great mentality today in their first SEC Outdoor Championships. Overall, I was pleased with today's progression in what is a very young team."

Senior Krystle Schade finished her SEC career with a third place finish in the high jump, earning six points for the women's squad. Schade cleared 6-0 ¾ (1.85m), tying her season best clearance in the high jump.

"Krystle is a warrior," said jumps coach Dick Booth. "She's been a warrior for us the whole time. She's what we are all about, she makes it to the big meets and she scores and she does what it's all about. I hope some of the younger people are learning from that."

With today's result, the native of Sunrise, Fla., goes down as one of the most decorated jumpers in UA's history at the SEC Championships - Schade placed in all four SEC Outdoor Championships she participated in, never finishing below fourth.

In the pole vault, Alexis Paine took home fourth, recording a mark of 13-5 ¼ (4.10m). Paine battled windy conditions to clear her final mark of 13-5 ¼, while passing on earlier marks of 12-5 ½ (3.80m) and 12-11 ½ (3.95m).  

Coming into the weekend as the collegiate leader in the 100 meters, Diondre Batson coasted to an easy victory in the fourth heat. Batson was timed at a 10.16, while the closest competitor in his heat was timed at 10.35. Batson will be the Tide's lone competitor in the 100 meter final tomorrow as Akeem Haynes finished 13th with a time of 10.38. Dushane Farrier and Alex Sanders also failed to qualify.

Robbie Farnham-Rose posted a time of 3:53.40 in the 1,500 meters finishing second in his heat, which earned him an automatic qualification for tomorrow's final. On the women's side of the 1,500 meters another freshman qualified for the finals, Meropi Panagiotou ran her fastest time of the year and the fastest recorded time by any UA woman this year with a time of 4:23.28, a time that ranks sixth in Crimson Tide all time history.

In the final event of day three, freshman Rebecca Stover tacked on an eighth place finish in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Her time of 10:38.91 set a new school record in the event, surpassing the 2005 mark of 10:42.51 set by Megan Carnes.

Earlier in the day in the men's long jump, junior Kamal Fuller finished ninth. His best jump of 24-6 ¼ (7.47m) just missed falling inside the scoring. Freshman teammates Josh McCullan (22-5 ¾, 6.85m) and Nathan Vardaman (22-5 ¼, 6.84m) finished 14th and 15th, respectively.

After three days of competition, the women's squad has racked up 17 points, good enough for tenth, while the men's team sits in tenth as well with six points.

Scoring opportunities for the Crimson Tide highlight the final day of action which gets underway Sunday, May 11 with the women's javelin and men's triple jump at 1:00 p.m. CT. Follow along with Alabama's official Track and Field Twitter, @AlabamaTrack.


RESULTS:
 

MEN:

Javelin (Finals) - 10. Kevin Shannon 197-1 (60.09m). 
Long Jump (Finals) - 9. Kamal Fuller 24-6 ¼ (7.47m); 14. Josh McCullan 22-5 ¾ (6.85m); 15. Nathan Vardaman 22-5 ¼ (6.84m).
1,500 Meters (Prelims) - 9. Robbie Farnham-Rose 3:53.40 (Q).
400 Meters (Prelims) - 11. Quincy Smith 47.52; 12. Dwight Davis 47.67; 17. Joel Lynch 48.21.
100 Meters (Prelims) - 5. Diondre Batson 10.16 (Q); 13. Akeem Haynes 10.38; 22. Dushane Farrier 10.51; 27. Alex Sanders 10.65.
3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Finals) - 13. Parker Deuel 9:41.11.  

WOMEN:

Pole Vault (Finals) - 4. Alexis Paine 13-5 ¼ (4.10m); NH Autumn Conn; NH Anna Rawles.
Long Jump (Finals) - 17. Lacey Dent 18-7 (5.66m); 6. Callie Ives 20-3 ½ (6.18m).
High Jump (Finals) - 3. Krystle Schade 6-0 ¾ (1.85m).
1,500 Meters (Prelims) - 5. Meropi Panagiotou 4:23.28 (Q); 22. Kimberley Ficenec 4:36.93; 24. Susie Kemper 4:37.06.
400 Meters (Prelims) - DNF Dacia Mays.
100 Meters (Prelims) - 21. Sarah Thomas 12.05.
3,000-Meter Steeplechase - 8. Rebecca Stover 10:38.91. 

NOTES:

*14 athletes competed in their first SEC Outdoor Championships today (Nathan Vardaman, long jump; Josh McCullan, long jump; Kevin Shannon, javelin; Autumn Conn, pole vault; Anna Rawles, pole vault; Callie Ives, long jump; Robbie Farnham-Rose, 1,500 meters; Dwight Davis, 400 meters; Quincy Smith; 400 meters; Susie Kemper, 1,500 meters; Meropi Panagiotou, 1,500 meters; Kimberley Ficenec, 1,500 meters; Parker Deuel, 3,000 meter steeplechase and Rebecca Stover, 3,000 meter steeplechase).
*Meropi Panagiotou ran her fastest 1,500 meter time of the year, while the 4:23.28 ranks sixth on the UA all time list.
*Krystle Schade cleared 6-0 ¾, tying her best clearance of the year (she also cleared 6-0 ¾ at LSU Alumni Gold), tied for fifth on the UA all time list.
*In four SEC Outdoor Championships, Krystle Schade has scored in every year in the high jump (2009: fourth; 2010: third; 2012: first; 2013: third).
*Alexis Paine finished fourth in the pole vault adding to her 2013 Indoor SEC crown in the pole vault.
*Sprinter Alex Sanders competed today in front of a large contingent of friends and family as he hails from Kansas City, Kan., less than 130 miles from Columbia, Mo. Sanders finished 27th in the 100 meter preliminaries.
*Rebecca Stover set a new UA record with her 10:38.91 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, surpassing the 2005 mark of 10:42.51 set by Megan Carnes.
* The wind played a large role in Saturday's action at Audrey J. Walton Stadium, with many marks and times coming in above the legal limit for wind aids. 

QUOTES:

Jumps Coach Dick Booth

On Krystle Schade's performance:

"Krystle is a warrior. She has some aches and pains that she just fights through and she makes it hard on herself, because she misses twice and makes it, and misses twice and makes it, so she's taking three times more jumps than she needs to take to get the same amount of work. At the end of the day, she ends up where she needs to be. I would have liked for her to make one more bar today because that would have been a personal best and it would have won the meet for her - and I think that's the way she should have gone out as a senior. She's been a warrior for us the whole time. She's what we are all about, she makes it to the big meets and she scores and she does what it's all about. I hope some of the younger people are learning from that. I always appreciate that - there are people that tend to get the job done and there are people that don't quite get there. We have to learn to be that person that gets the job done and can be counted on."

On freshman Callie Ives:

"Callie expected to score - she probably expected to score higher than she did. Callie has really caught on - she has a lot of confidence, she's tough, she's a competitor. I really learned my lesson about her at our Arkansas Relays where it was pouring down rain and lightning and she said, `I sure hope I get to jump before they call it off,' and she ended up jumping right at 20 feet in a driving rain storm and everybody else is whining and moaning about having to be out there and she was hoping she could stay and get the jump in. I thought that tells me a lot about what I want to know about her. She's been that kind of a person, she's got some things ironed out now and her confidence is real high. She just really trusts herself and she feels like she is going to be there when it counts. She wants to make it to Nationals and the whole thing. She's not worried about being a freshman, really she's not a freshman anymore - she's got a whole season under her belt. She's done a great job, I'm very proud of her."

Head Coach Dan Waters

"Today was a productive day for us. I think the older athletes scoring points is great, and the progression of the younger guys as well - they competed with a great mentality today in their first SEC Outdoor Championships. Overall, I was pleased with today's progression in what is a very young team."


Team Standings after Day Three:
 

MEN:

1.) Arkansas (57 points)
2.) Florida (47 points)
3.) Texas A&M (37 points)
4.) Georgia (31 points)
5.) Missouri (22 points)
6.) Tennessee (18 points)
7.) Kentucky (17 points)
8.) Auburn (16 points)
9.) Louisiana State University (15 points) 
10.) Alabama (6 points)
11.) Mississippi State (5 points)
t12.) Mississippi (1 point)
t12.) South Carolina (1 point) 

WOMEN:

1.) Arkansas (50 points)
2.) Georgia (49 points)
3.) Louisiana State University (31 points)
4.) Florida (26 points)
5.) Texas A&M (25 points)
t6.) Mississippi State (20 points)
t6.) Missouri (20 points)
8.) Auburn (19.50 points)
9.) Kentucky (18 points)
10.) Alabama (17 points)
t11.) South Carolina (11 points)
t11.) Vanderbilt (11 points)
13.) Tennessee (9.50 points)
14.) Mississippi (5 points)