Track & Field Sends Two More to NCAA Championships

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Krystle Schade moved on the NCAA Championships with her performance on Friday.
Krystle Schade moved on the NCAA Championships with her performance on Friday.

May 25, 2012


The University of Alabama track and field team qualified two more student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships on the second day of action at the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla.

Alexis Paine started the day off strong for the Crimson Tide by matching her personal best and school record height of 13-5.25 in the women’s pole vault. Paine’s jump equaled the highest mark of the day as the competition was ended once 12 competitors remained in the field. The top 12 finishers in each event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 6-9.

Later in the day, Krystle Schade advanced as well in the women’s high jump. The NCAA Indoor Runner-Up cleared 5-9.75 to finish in the final 12 and advance for the opportunity to add another All-America honor and potential national title to her resume.

On the track, Kaylon Eppinger advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 13.49 to finish 23rd in the first-round field. Her time was also the eighth fastest in school history.

In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, Shani Chandler finished 21st in the quarterfinal heats with a time of 1:00.27. While the finish wasn’t enough to advance to the NCAA Championships, it capped a stellar season for the sophomore who finished the season with four wins in the event and a fifth-place finish at the SEC Championships.

The evening was capped by a pair of runners in the 200 meters as Dwayne Extol came in 29th in the men’s first-round heats with a time of 21.21 to just miss advancing to the quarterfinals. In the women’s heats, Camilla Armstead came in 37th with a time of 24.33.

The Tide continues action Saturday with the opportunity to potentially advance five additional competitors to the NCAA Championships in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, hammer throw and triple jump and the men’s high jump.