May 30, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Seven Alabama athletes advanced to the NCAA Championships and junior Remona Burchell shattered a school record Friday to highlight the Crimson Tide’s second day at the NCAA East Region Preliminary at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.
“I’m proud of all the athletes that moved on today,” Alabama head coach Dan Waters. “We have a great mixture of youth and experience moving on to Eugene. I’m glad to see how our team has, sort of, redefined itself. We’re growing into an all-around team with success in all disciplines, and that’s great. The amount of young athletes we have going to NCAAs will pay dividends for us down the road.”
Burchell earned her way to next month’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., by winning her heat with a time of 11.03 and breaking Pauline Davis’ 1986 Alabama record of 11.11. Burchell’s time shattered the Hodges Stadium record (11.18) and is the best wind-legal time by a collegian this season.
Burchell’s run was one of many notable performances on the day, as Crimson Tide athletes advanced to the NCAA Championships in six of their eight quarterfinal events Friday. Sophomore Elias Hakansson and junior Charodd Richardson started the day with top-10 finishes in the men’s hammer throw to advance to the NCAA Championships. Freshman Lakan Taylor was one of just 10 women to clear 4.20 meters in the women’s pole vault, advancing to the NCAA Championships with an eighth-place finish.
Other athletes that advanced to the NCAA Championships Friday included senior Yanique Malcolm (women’s 800 meters), junior Alex Amankwah (men’s 800 meters) and sophomore Imani Brown (men’s triple jump).
The seven athletes that qualified Friday bring Alabama’s total count of NCAA qualifiers to 11. Junior Nia Barnes (women's hammer throw), redshirt freshman Kyle Felpel (men's shot put), sophomore Josh McCullan (men's long jump) and freshman Quanesha Burks (women's long jump) punched their tickets to next month's NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday.
Saturday marks the final day of the event. Alabama will compete in the men’s discus, women’s shot put, women’s triple jump, men’s high jump, and the men’s and women’s 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays.
An event-by-event breakdown of Alabama’s performances Friday:
100 meters: Seniors Akeem Haynes and Alex Sanders both clocked new wind-legal personal records in the quarterfinals of the men’s 100 meters, but did not advance to the semifinals in Eugene, Oregon. Running in heat one with a tailwind of 1.5 meters per second, Sanders clocked a time of 10.39. Haynes used a tailwind of 1.1 meters per second to record a 10.36. Haynes and Sanders finished 15th and 17th, respectively.
800 meters: Junior Alex Amankwah stayed with the lead pack throughout the first heat of the men’s 800 meters quarterfinals but was unable to make a pass to get into a top three automatic position. Amankwah was a step behind Florida’s Andres Arroyo, who stumbled and caused both competitors to fall across the finish line. Amankwah finished fifth in the heat, but his time of 1:48.16 landed him in the final three non-automatic qualifiers, advancing him to the NCAA Championships.
100 meters: Junior Remona Burchell fired out of the blocks to take a sizable lead in the second heat of the women’s 100 meters and crossed the finish line with a new school record of 11.03 to advance to the NCAA Championships. Burchell broke Pauline Davis’ Alabama record of 11.11 set on May 18, 1986. Burchell’s time was the best wind-legal time by a collegian in 2014 and set a new Hodges Stadium facility record.
200 meters: Junior Dominique Kimpel lost ground in the final 40 meters of the first round of the women’s 200 meters, finishing fifth in her heat with a time of 23.86. She did not advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
800 meters: Senior Yanique Malcolm finished third in Heat 3 of the women's 800 meters with a time of 2:04.26 to advance to the NCAA Championships. Malcolm jockeyed down the backstretch for one of the heat’s three automatic qualifying positions with three other women, but one of Malcolm’s opponents tripped in the final 20 meters and did not finish the race.
3,000-meter steeplechase: Sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf clocked a 10:36.50 in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase to close out the evening for the Tide. She did not advance.
Hammer Throw: Sophomore Elias Hakansson and junior Charodd Richardson placed sixth and 10th, respectively, in the men’s hammer throw to advance to the NCAA Championships. Hakansson threw his best mark of 65.33 meters (214 feet, 4 inches) on his second attempt and passed on his final four attempts. Richardson jumped into the top 12 on his second attempt—a throw of 64.08 meters (210 feet, 3 inches)—and ended his day with a mark of 64.36 meters (211 feet, 2 inches).
Triple Jump: Sophomore Imani Brown saved his best performance of the season for just the right time, posting a season-best mark of 15.61 meters (51 feet, 2.75 inches) on his second attempt of the competition to finish 10th in the men’s triple jump and advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second consecutive season.
Pole Vault: Freshman Lakan Taylor overcame a little drama and a long weather delay to finish eighth in the women's pole vault and advance to the NCAA Championships. After clearing two heights (3.90 meters and 4.05 meters) in a total of four attempts, Taylor's season was in jeopardy after she was unable to get over 4.15 meters (13 feet, 7.25 inches) in her first two attempts. Facing potentially her final jump of her freshman year, the Texas native sailed successfully over the bar, just before the meet was postponed due to lightning in the area. Following a nearly three-hour delay, Taylor returned to the runway, needing to match her season-best clearance of 4.20 meters (13 feet, 9.25 inches) in order advance. After an unsuccessful first attempt, Taylor cleared the 4.20-meter mark on her second attempt, leaving the bar shaking but in place. Taylor was one of just 10 women to clear 4.20 meters. Sophomores Anna Rawles and Autumn Conn both cleared 3.75 meters (12 feet, 3.50 inches) but were unable to clear 3.90 meters (12 feet, 9.50 inches).
NCAA East Region Preliminary
Friday, May 30, 2014
100 meters (w: +1.1 m/s): 15. Akeem Haynes, 10.36
100 meters (w: +1.5 m/s): 17. Alex Sanders, 10.39.
800 meters: 8. Alex Amankwah, 1:48.14.
Hammer Throw: 6. Elias Hakansson, 65.33m (214-4); 10. Charodd Richardson, 64.48m (211-6).
Triple Jump (w: +0.4 m/s): 10. Imani Brown, 15.61m (51-2.75).
100 meters (w: +1.7 m/s): 1. Remona Burchell, 11.03**
200 meters (w: +0.9 m/s): 29. Dominique Kimpel, 23.86.
800 meters: 6. Yanique Malcolm, 2:04.26.
Pole Vault: 8. Lakan Taylor, 4.20m (13-9.25); 33. Autumn Conn, 3.75m (12-3.50); 40. Anna Rawles, 3.75m (12-3.50).