May 23, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Kamal Fuller led the Crimson Tide on day one of the NCAA East Regional at North Carolina A&T State University's Erwin Belk Track & Field Center at Aggie Stadium. The three day event runs Thursday through Saturday, and represents the qualifying meet for the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championships that will take place starting June 5 in Eugene, Ore.
In each event, 48 individuals qualified for the NCAA East and West Regionals, while 24 relay teams were selected for each region as well. That field will be cut in half this weekend and the remaining 24 individuals and 12 relay teams will advance to Eugene, Ore., for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Overall, Alabama had 27 student-athletes (16 men and 11 women) and two relay teams (4x100 men's relay and 4x400 men's relay) qualify for the East Regional.
Eleven Crimson Tide athletes participated in the first day of competition at the NCAA East Regional. Leading the Alabama charge,>Kamal Fuller advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships by finishing tied for sixth in the long jump, recording a best mark of 24 feet, 9 ¾ inches (7.56m). The 2013 Outdoor Championships will mark the fourth trip for Fuller to an NCAA Championships, but will be his first appearance at an outdoor championships.
The Crimson Tide had three individuals qualify for Friday's 100-meter quarterfinals. Leading the trio was Diondre Batson, who qualified with a heat-winning time of 10.16. Dushane Farrier (10.37) and Akeem Haynes (10.30) also ran times good enough to qualify for tomorrow's quarterfinals. In the process, Haynes set a new PR besting his previous time of 10.37 by .07 seconds.
Junior Yanique Malcolm advanced to tomorrow's quarterfinals in the 800 meters, by finishing 20th overall, with a time of 2:05.83, less than a second off her personal best of 2:05.32.
Day two gets underway on Friday with nine Alabama athletes competing in six events, highlighted by a pair of seniors trying to earn their way to Eugene, Ore., with Krystle Schade in the high jump and Alexis Paine competing in the pole vault.
Live Results are provided online this weekend from Greensboro, N.C., while Alabama's official Track and Field Twitter Feed, @AlabamaTrack, will be providing updates and finishes throughout the action.
1,500 Meters (Prelims) - 31. Robbie Farnham-Rose 3:49.35.
100 Meters (Prelims) - 3. Diondre Batson 10.16Q; 13. Akeem Haynes 10.30Q; 16. Dushane Farrier 10.37Q; 26. Alex Sanders 10.44.
400 Meters (Prelims) - 29. Quincy Smith 47.01.
800 Meters (Prelims) - 46. Ken Taylor 1:55.39.
Long Jump (Prelims) - t 6.>Kamal Fuller 24-9 ¾ (7.56m); 41. Nathan Vardaman 22-0 ¾ (6.72m).
400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) - 34. Shani Chandler 59.68.
1,500 Meters (Prelims) - 28. Meropi Panagiotou 4:23.87.
800 Meters (Prelims) - 20. Yanique Malcolm 2:05.83q; 37. Kimberley Ficenec 2:08.97.
10,000 Meters (Prelims) - 31. Katelyn Greenleaf 35:40.52.
Long Jump (Prelims) - 27. Callie Ives 19-4 ¼ (5.90m).