May 26, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
University of Alabama senior Tyler Campbell cleared 7-2.25 in the men’s high jump to qualify for the NCAA Championships on the final day of the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round. With his effort, he became the fifth Crimson Tide competitor to qualify for the championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 6-9.
Campbell’s jump matched his season best and was the highest clearance of the day as the competition ended once 12 competitors remained in the field. The top 12 finishers in each event at the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round automatically advance to the NCAA Championships along with the top 12 from the West Region.
Campbell will be joined in Des Moines by Kamal Fuller in the men’s high jump, Alexis Paine in the women’s pole vault, and Krystle Schade in the women’s high jump who qualified during the first two days of the regional. Kaylon Eppinger will also compete in Des Moines in the women’s heptathlon as her personal best score of 5,560 at the SEC Championships automatically qualified her for the event.
“We had a lot of good things happen this weekend with personal bests and five people advancing to the national championships,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “I thought everyone competed extremely hard and was at, or better than their personal best. I’m very pleased with the way we approached the meet and the team’s focus and dedication. That’s how you’ve got to get through these types of qualifying rounds.”
The Tide also had competitors in three other events on Saturday that just missed advancing to the championships. Amethyst Holmes and Angelica Howard finished 20th and 25th, respectively in the women’s hammer throw. Chloe Hetherton finished 36th in the women’s triple jump and Eppinger was 24th in the quarterfinals of the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Earlier in qualifying she ran a personal best 13.49 in the event.
The Tide’s five qualifiers with join the other competitors that qualified from the East and West Regions at Drake Stadium with Paine and Fuller competing first for the Tide in their events on June 6. UA’s competitors will be familiar with the venue as they competed in Drake Stadium earlier this season at the Drake Relays.
“The simple and consistent message we’ve been telling them all year is about becoming a competitor and being focused on getting the job done, whether it be advancing or scoring points,” Waters said of the team’s mindset heading into the NCAA Championships. “That’s what we got out of the last two meets and that’s what we’ll continue to bring into the national meet in two weeks.”