May 17, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. -
Hayden Reed finished runner-up in the men's discus, Katelyn Greenleaf broke the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Remona Burchell clocked the fastest wind-legal time in qualifying for the 100-meter final on Saturday, Alabama's third day at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.
"We had a few standout performances today," Alabama head coach Dan Waters said. "Hayden Reed did a tremendous job in the discus, and Remona Burchell followed shortly after with a great run in the 100 meters. I was pleased to see Katelyn run so well and break her school record by a good margin in just her second time running the steeplechase. Heading into the finals on Sunday, we needed some performances like those to give us a boost of energy and enthusiasm to do well and close strong on the final day."
Reed, a redshirt freshman, entered his sixth and final attempt in the men's discus competition ranked third with a top mark of 60.61 meters (198 feet, 10 inches). On his final attempt, the Texas native uncorked a personal-best throw of 63.74 meters (209 feet, 1 inch), a mark that ranks second in school history. That mark was also a substantial improvement over his previous personal record of 60.68 meters (199 feet, 1 inch).
Moments later on the track Burchell, a junior, won the third preliminary heat of the women's 100 meters with a wind-legal time of 11.19, which ranks third in school history. Olivia Ekpone of Texas A&M ran an 11.17 in the second heat with the help of a non-legal tailwind (3.3 meters per second). Burchell will run in the finals of the 100 meters on Sunday at 2:20 p.m. CT.
In the waning moments of Saturday's action, Katelyn Greenleaf broke her own school record in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase en route to a fifth-place finish. Greenleaf's time of 10:22.02 was nearly 13 seconds better than the previous school record, which she set on May 3 at the Jace Lacoste Invitational.
Heading into "Championship Sunday", Alabama is third in the men's team standings with 29 points and 12th in the women's standings with 10 points.
In total, four Alabama athletes - Burchell in the women's 100, Akeem Haynes in the men's 100, Yanique Malcolm in the women's 800 and Matt Airola in the men's 1,500 - have qualified for Sunday's finals. Also on Sunday, Alabama will compete in the men's and women's 4x100-meter relays, the men's and women's 4x400-meter relays and the 5,000 meters.
An event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's performances Saturday:
100 meters: Senior Akeem Haynes clocked a wind-legal personal best 10.34 in the first preliminary heat of the men's 100 meters and qualified for Sunday's finals. Senior Alex Sanders was disqualified after a false start in heat three.
400 meters: Sophomore Dwight Davis looked to be headed for a finals appearance in the early portion of his preliminary heat of the 400 meters, but he lost ground near the 200-meter mark and finished in a time of 47:67 to place third in his heat and 19th overall.
1,500 meters: Junior Matt Airola finished fourth in the first heat of the men's 1,500 meter prelims to qualify for Sunday's final. Airola clocked a time of 3:56.93, which ranked 12th overall. Freshmen Payton Ballard (4:04.50) and Jeff Edmondson (4:07.31) also competed for the Tide but did not advance to the finals.
3,000-meter steeplechase: Sophomore Parker Deuel scored a point for the Tide by clocking a time of 9:07.37 to finish eighth in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Junior Matt Airola finished 11th with a time of 9:29.27, and sophomore Eric Sivill posted a time of 9:34.37 to finish 15th.
100 meters: With a tailwind of 1.4 meters per second, junior Remona Burchell stumbled slightly out of her block but still managed to scorch her competition in the third qualifying heat of the women's 100 meters. Burchell's time of 11.19 was the top wind-legal mark of the day and third-best in school history. She will compete in the finals of the event Sunday. Freshman Quanesha Burks recorded a wind-aided 11.79, and senior Sarah Thomas logged a wind-aided time of 11.95. Neither Burks nor Thomas advanced to the finals.
400 meters: Freshman Alex Gholston set a new personal record of 53.84 en route to a 12th-place finish in the prelims of the women's 400 meters. Gholston's previous PR was 54.39, set on May 3 at the Jace Lacoste Invitational. She finished fifth in her heat and did not advance Sunday's final.
1,500 meters: Sophomores Meropi Panagiotou (4:29.98) and Kimberley Ficenec (4:33.44) competed in the prelims of the women's 1,500 meters but failed to qualify for the finals.
3,000-meter steeplechase: Katelyn Greenleaf broke her own school record in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase en route to a fifth-place finish. Greenleaf's time of 10:22.02 was nearly 13 seconds better than the previous school record, which she set in her debut in the event on May 3 at the Jace Lacoste Invitational. Arkansas's Grace Heymsfield won the event with a time of 9:57.14.
Long Jump: Senior Kamal Fuller jumped 7.57 meters (24 feet, 10 inches) on his first mark of the day, just ahead of sophomore Josh McCullan's mark of 7.56 meters (24 feet, 9 3/4 inches), as the two Alabama athletes finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the men's long jump competition. McCullan's mark is a new personal record. Together, the two scored five points for the Alabama men's team. Sophomore Nathan Vardaman did not qualify for the finals after a wind-aided jump of 7.25 meters (23 feet, 9 1/2 inches). Raymond Higgs of Arkansas won the event with a wind-aided (+2.5 m/s) mark of 7.94 meters (26 feet, 3/4 inch).
Discus: Redshirt freshman Hayden Reed entered the final series of the men's discus throw in third place, but he saved his best for last and launched his final attempt 63.74 meters (209 feet, 1 inch) to finish second in the event. Reed's mark was a new personal best by 10 inches and ranks second in school history. Fellow Tide redshirt freshman Joe Williams also scored for Alabama as he finished fifth with a mark of 56.12 meters (184 feet, 1 inch). Kentucky's Andrew Evans won the event with a mark of 64.09 meters (210 feet, 3 inches).
Long Jump: Freshman Quanesha Burks finished tenth in the women's long jump competition, one spot away from making the finals, with a best mark of 5.96 meters (19 feet, 6.75 inches). Sophomore Lacey Dent also did not advance to the finals, as her best jump was 5.66 meters (18 feet, 7 inches). Mississippi State's Rochelle Farquharson won the SEC title with a jump of 6.46 meters (21 feet, 2 1/2 inches).
Javelin: Junior Nia Barnes improved on each of her three attempts in the women's javelin competition, but with a best mark of 41.62 meters (136 feet, 6 inches), she failed to advance to the finals of the event. Barnes' first two marks spanned 39.71 meters (130 feet, 3 inches) and 41.01 meters (134 feet, 6 inches). Florida's Fawn Miller won the event with a facility record 57.10 meters (187 feet, 4 inches).
Shot Put: Junior Candicea Bernard's first attempt of the day spanned 14.94 meters (49 feet, 1/4 inch) and earned her a 10th-place finish. Bernard's following two throws netted marks of 14.49 meters (47 feet, 6 1/2 inches) and 14.90 meters (48 feet, 10 3/4 inches), and she did not qualify for the finals. Jill Rushin of Missouri won the event with a mark of 17.19 meters (56 feet, 4 3/4 inches).
Pole Vault: Sophomore Anna Rawles cleared 4.00 meters (13 feet, 1 1/2 inches), a new personal record, and tied for ninth in the women's pole vault competition. Rawles was the only Alabama competitor to clear the bar, as freshman Lakan Taylor and sophomore Anna Rawles both no-heighted.
SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Saturday, May 17, 2014
100 meters (prelim) (w: +2.1): 7. Akeem Haynes, 10.34; FS. Alex Sanders.
400 meters (prelim): 19. Dwight Davis, 47.67.
1,500 meters (prelim): 12. Matt Airola, 3:56.93; 22. Payton Ballard, 4:04.50; 24. Jeff Edmondson, 4:07.31.
3,000-meter steeplechase: 8. Parker Deuel, 9:07.37; 11. Matt Airola, 9:29.27; 15. Eric Sivill, 9:34.37.
Long Jump (w: +0.9 m/s): 6. Kamal Fuller, 7.57m (24-10).
Long Jump (w: +1.5 m/s): 7. Josh McCullan, 7.56m (24-9.75).
Long Jump (w: +2.5 m/s): 13. Nathan Vardaman, 7.25m (23-9.50).
Discus: 2. Hayden Reed, 63.74m (209-1); 5. Joe Williams, 56.12m (184-1).
100 meters (prelim) (w: +1.4 m/s): 2. Remona Burchell, 11.19.
100 meters (prelim) (w: +2.1 m/s): 21. Quanesha Burks, 11.79.
100 meters (prelim) (w: +3.3 m/s): 24. Sarah Thomas, 11.91.
400 meters (prelim): 12. Alex Gholston, 53.84.
1,500 meters (prelim): 16. Meropi Panagiotou, 4:29.98; 20. Kimberley Ficenec, 4:33.44.
3,000-meter steeplechase: 5. Katelyn Greenleaf, 10:22.02.
Long Jump (w: +1.7 m/s): 10. Quanesha Burks, 5.96m (19-6.75).
Long Jump (w: +1.8 m/s): 18. Lacey Dent, 5.66m (18-7).
Javelin: 12. Nia Barnes, 41.62m (136-6).
Shot Put: 10. Candicea Bernard, 14.94m (49-0.25)
Pole Vault: 9. Anna Rawles, 4.00m (13-1.50); Lakan Taylor, NH; Autumn Conn, NH.
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