May 25, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Five Crimson Tide athletes led the way in qualifying for The University of Alabama track and field team on the third and final day at the 2013 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries at the Erwin Belk Track& Field Center at Aggie Stadium, at North Carolina A&T State University, Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson Tide will send 15 athletes in 11 events for an overall 11 entries to Eugene, Ore., next month for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes and Dushane Farrier earned qualification by winning their heat and recording the fastest time of the day with a 39.09, the next fastest time was LSU with a 39.19, a team that beat the Crimson Tide just 13 days ago at the SEC Outdoor Championships. In addition to the 4x100-meter relay team, the men's 4x400-meter relay team qualified by finishing seventh overall today. Joel Lynch, Dwight Davis, Ken Taylor and Quincy Smith earned their way to the 2013 finals by running a qualifying time of 3:07.70.
Diondre Batson qualified for the 200 meters today, running a time of 20.57 and finishing fifth overall. Batson will run in the 100 and 200 meters, while also running a leg in the 4x100-meter relay team in Eugene, Ore.
Three freshmen qualified for the 2013 edition of the outdoor championships on the men's side on Saturday, including Elias Hakansson in the hammer throw, Imani Brown in the triple jump and Justin Fondren in the high jump. Hakansson registered a throw of 211-1 (64.35m), before passing on his final three attempts, while Fondren cleared a mark of 7-0 ¼ (2.14m) to qualify for his first NCAA Championship meet.
On the women's side, Wilamena Hopkins punched her ticket to the championships in the shot put, by finishing tenth in the East Regional, throwing 52 feet, 4 inches (15.95m). Hopkins, a senior from Archer, Fla., saved her best throw of the year for when it mattered most, as she qualifies for the NCAA Championships for the first time since her freshman year in 2010.
Next up for the 15 athletes that qualified at the East Regional Preliminaries, they will travel to Eugene, Ore., for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Oregon. The Championships run June 5 through June 8.
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4x100-Meter Relay Team - 1. Alabama [Sanders, Batson, Haynes and Farrier] 39.09Q
4x400-Meter Relay Team - PL. Alabama [Lynch, Davis, Taylor and Smith] 3:07.70Q.
200 Meters- 5. Diondre Batson 20.57Q
Hammer Throw - 4. Elias Hakansson 211-1 (64.35m - q); 24. Charodd Richardson 189-7 (57.79m).
Triple Jump - 12. Imani Brown 50-4 ½ (15.35m - q); 16. Jonathan Reid 49-6 ¼ (15.09).
High Jump - t8. Justin Fondren 7-0 ¼ (2.14m - q).
Shot Put - 10. Wilamena Hopkins 52-4 (15.95m - q).