May 31, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Two University of Alabama athletes and two relay teams earned their way to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday, on the third and final day of the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Crimson Tide will send 19 athletes in 14 events for an overall total of 15 entries to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 11-15.
Using a makeshift lineup, Alabama clocked a 39.58 in the men's 4x100-meter relay to earn a trip to Eugene. Three of the usual relay members--sophomore Dwight Davis and seniors Alex Sanders and Akeem Haynes--were joined by senior and five-time All-American long jumper Kamal Fuller, who was competing in his first relay competition this season.
Sophomore Justin Fondren wasted no time in his attempt to qualify in the men's high jump, as he cleared each of the four height progressions on the first try. Fondren finished in a two-way tie for first place after a final clearance of 2.17 meters (7 feet, 1.50 inches).
Other Alabama athletes who advanced to the NCAA Championships Saturday include redshirt freshman Hayden Reed in the discus and the women's 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Quanesha Burks, junior Remona Burchell, junior Dominique Kimpel and senior Sarah Thomas.
An event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's performances Saturday:
4x100-meter relay: Alabama's quartet of senior Alex Sanders, sophomore Dwight Davis, senior Akeem Haynes and senior Kamal Fuller clocked a 39.58 to finish second in Heat 1 of the men's 4x100-meter relay and advance to the NCAA Championships. Fuller, a long jumper by trade, ran a steady anchor leg to keep the Tide in a top three automatic qualifying position.
4x400-meter relay: Alabama's team of sophomore Dwight Davis, junior Alex Amankwah, freshman Jacopo Lahbi and senior Ken Taylor clocked a 3:07.26 to finish 13th in the men's 4x400-meter relay, one spot from advancing to the NCAA Championships.
4x100-meter relay: Alabama's foursome of freshman Quanesha Burks, junior Remona Burchell, junior Dominique Kimpel and senior Sarah Thomas finished third in Heat 1 of the women's 4x100-meter relay with a time of 44.24 and advanced to the NCAA Championships. Despite a poor second exchange between Burchell and Kimpel, the Tide had the fifth-best time of the day.
4x400-meter relay: Alabama's group of senior Shani Chandler, junior Dominique Kimpel, freshman Alex Gholston and senior Yanique Malcolm clocked a time of 3:37.43 to finish 18th in the women's 4x400-meter relay.
Discus: Redshirt freshman Hayden Reed advanced to the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish in the men's discus. Reed made progress on five of his six throws, finishing with a best mark of 61.56 meters (202 feet) on his sixth and final attempt.
High Jump: Sophomore Justin Fondren made short work of the men's high jump, and punched his ticket to Eugene by clearing all four heights, each on his first attempt. Fondren tied for first in the event with a final clearance of 2.17 meters (7 feet, 1.50 inches).
Shot Put: Junior Candicea Bernard threw a personal-best 16.11 meters (52 feet, 10.25 inches) but finished 14th in the women's shot put, just two places from advancing to the NCAA Championships. Bernard's mark was a vast improvement over her season-best mark of 15.41 meters (50 feet, 6.75 inches) coming into the meet.
Triple Jump: Sophomore Merilyn Uudmae jumped 12.25 meters (40 feet, 2.25 inches) in the women's triple jump but did not advance.
NCAA East Region Preliminary
Saturday, May 31, 2014
4x100-meter relay: 8. Alabama (Alex Sanders, Dwight Davis, Akeem Haynes, Kamal Fuller), 39.58.
4x400-meter relay: 13. Alabama (Dwight Davis, Alex Amankwah, Jacopo Lahbi, Ken Taylor), 3:07.26.
Discus: 5. Hayden Reed, 61.56 (202-0); 33. Joe Williams, 51.79 (169-11).
High Jump: 1. Justin Fondren, 2.17m (7-1.50).
4x100-meter relay: 5. Alabama (Quanesha Burks, Remona Burchell, Dominique Kimpel, Sarah Thomas), 44.24.
4x400-meter relay: 18. Alabama (Shani Chandler, Dominique Kimpel, Alex Gholston, Yanique Malcolm), 3:37.43.
Shot Put: 14. Candicea Bernard, 16.11m (52-10.25)
Triple Jump (w: +0.4 m/s): 38. Merilyn Uudmae, 12.25 (40-2.25)
Alabama NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Qualifier List
Alex Amankwah (800 meters)
Imani Brown (triple jump)
Kyle Felpel (shot put)
Justin Fondren (high jump)
Elias Hakansson (hammer throw)
Josh McCullan (long jump)
Hayden Reed (discus)
Charodd Richardson (hammer throw)
4x100-meter Relay (Alex Sanders, Akeem Haynes, Dwight Davis, Kamal Fuller)
Nia Barnes (hammer throw)
Remona Burchell (100 meters)
Quanesha Burks (long jump)
Yanique Malcolm (800 meters)
Lakan Taylor (pole vault)
4x100 meter Relay (Quanesha Burks, Remona Burchell, Dominique Kimpel, Sarah Thomas)