Alabama Track and Field Solid on Day Two of SEC Outdoor Championships



May 16, 2014

LEXINGTON, KY. - Sophomore Elias Hakansson finished runner-up in the men's hammer throw and senior Yanique Malcolm advanced to the final of the women's 800 meters to highlight the University of Alabama track and field team's second day at the SEC Outdoor Championships being held on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Kentucky this week.

Junior Charodd Richardson joined Hakansson in the final of the men's hammer throw and took home a sixth-place finish. Together, Hakansson and Richardson captured 11 points to put the Crimson Tide on the board in the men's standings.

"I'm pleased with our guys in the hammer and with Yanique Malcolm advancing in the 800," Alabama head coach Dan Waters said. "At conference meets, especially in the SEC, you're going to have some good things happen and some bad things happen. We had a little of both today, but we will come out tomorrow and look to do more good things."

Battling strong winds and rain, Hakansson topped out in the finals with a mark of 66.31 meters (217 feet, 6 inches) after throwing 66.18 meters (217 feet, 1 inch) on his first successful attempt to advance to the finals. Richardson's first throw--a mark of 58.77 meters (192 feet, 9 inches)--qualified him for the finals, but his fourth attempt spanned 62.14 meters (203 feet, 10 inches) and moved him up to sixth place.

In the evening portion of the meet Friday, Yanique Malcolm clocked a 2:05.99, the fifth-best time in school history, to advance to Sunday's finals of the women's 800 meters.

Alabama returns to action Saturday with the women's long jump and javelin competitions at 1 p.m. ET. Track events begin with the women's 1,500 meters at 3:45 p.m. Other events on Saturday include the men's discus, the men's and women's 100 meter prelims and the men's and women's steeplechases.

An event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's performances Friday:
200 meters: Senior Diondre Batson was off to a blazing start in the third preliminary heat of the men's 200 meters but did not finish the race.
800 meters: Junior Alex Amankwah and freshman Jacopo Lahbi ran in the lead pack of the first preliminary heat of the men's 800 meters but finished third and fourth in their heat and ninth and 11th overall, just shy of making the finals of the event. Amankwah clocked a 1:49.66, and Lahbi was just behind at 1:49.91. Ken Taylor ran in the second heat and posted a time of 1:49.95 to finish 12th overall. The final qualifying time was 1:49.63.
200 meters: Running with a tailwind of 1.3 meters per second, junior Dominique Kimpel ran a 24.08 to finish 18th overall in the women's 200 meters. Freshman Brianna Sims ran in the first heat with a tailwind of 1.0 meters per second and clocked a 25.33. Neither Tide athletes advanced to the finals.
800 meters: Senior Yanique Malcolm clocked a 2:05.99, the fifth-best time in school history, to advance to the finals of the women's 800 meters. Sophomore Kimberley Ficenec finished tenth with a time of 2:09.37, and senior Aubrielle Wright recorded a time of 2:13.44. Ficenec and Wright did not advance to the finals.
10,000 meters: Sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf finished 14th in the women's 10,000 meters with a time of 35:59.37. Freshman Allison Gregg also competed but did not finish.
400-meter hurdles: Senior Shani Chandler (1:02.16) did not advance to the finals after finishing 15th in the women's 400-meter hurdles.
Hammer throw: In the men's hammer throw, sophomore Elias Hakansson finished runner-up and junior Charodd Richardson placed sixth. Hakansson's best throw spanned 66.18 meters (217 feet, 1 inch) and lands at ninth on the school's all-time list. Richardson's best throw came on his fourth attempt of the day and traveled 62.14 meters (203 feet, 10 inches). Georgia's Alex Poursanidis won the SEC title with a throw of 66.54 meters (218 feet, 4 inches).
Heptathlon: Sophomore Lacey Dent racked up a total of 4,967 points and finished ninth in the women's heptathlon, which started Thursday and wrapped up Friday. Dent's best event was the 100 meters, in which she ran a 14.45 to start the competition Thursday. On Friday, Dent posted a mark of 5.73 meters (18 feet, 9.75 inches) in the long jump, threw 29.29 meters (96 feet, 1 inch) in the javelin throw and clocked a time of 2:29.21 in the 800 meters.
SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Friday, May 16, 2014
Alabama Results
200 meters (prelim): DNF. Diondre Batson.
800 meters (prelim): 9. Alex Amankwah, 1:49.66; 10. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:49.91; 12. Ken Taylor, 1:49.95; DNF. Andrew Harris.
Hammer Throw: 2. Elias Hakansson, 66.31m (217-6); 6. Charodd Richardson, 62.14m (203-10).
200 meters (prelim) (w: +1.3): 18. Dominique Kimpel, 24.08
200 meters (prelim) (w: +1.0): 30. Brianna Sims, 25.33.
800 meters (prelim): 3. Yanique Malcolm, 2:05.99; 10. Kimberley Ficenec, 2:09.37; 17. Aubrielle Wright, 2:13.44.
10,000-meter run: 14. Katelyn Greenleaf, 35:59.37; DNF. Allison Gregg.
400-meter hurdles: 15. Shani Chandler, 1:02.16.
Heptathlon: 9. Lacey Dent, 4,967 points.