Crimson Tide Track Heads To Nebraska For Mark Colligan Memorial On Saturday Afternoon



Feb. 8, 2013

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This Week: Mark Colligan Memorial (Lincoln, Neb.)
This Saturday the Alabama Crimson Tide track and field team travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete 2013 Mark Colligan Memorial meet at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, hosted by the University of Nebraska. The action will get underway on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. Central Time with the meet concluding around 5 p.m. This meet marks the fourth for the Crimson Tide in its 2013 Indoor season and the first meet that will be a team scoring meet. North Carolina and Alabama will take on host Nebraska in the triangular competition. The teams will compete in both men's and women's divisions in 10 running events, 6 field events and the 4x400-meter relay.

Youthful Lineup
The new season of indoor track & field has gotten under way and the Alabama men's team has seen its fair share of new faces taking the track. So far through three meets, head coach Dan Waters has called on 20 freshmen including: Justin Ahalt, Imani Brown, Dwight Davis, Parker Deuel, Andrew Faris, Robbie Farnham-Rose, Justin Fondren, Connor Foxworth, George Freiberger, Elias Hakansson, James Harrington, Andrew Harris, Alex Jenkins, Alex LoPresti, Josh McCullan, Eric Sivill, Quincy Smith, Nathan Vardaman, Gil Walton and DeJasmon Williams.

Making an Impact
In addition to the 20 freshmen, four transfer students have helped to pace the Crimson Tide through the first month of the schedule. Out of the transfer student-athletes that have already seen time at the meets, all have made immediate impacts. So far through three meets junior Matt Airola, a transfer from American River College, has seen action in two events and has seized one top-ten finish with a sixth place finish in the mile at the Auburn Invitational. Also from American River College, junior Diondre Batson has seen action in all three meets grabbing a top-five at the Indiana Relays in the 200 meter invitational with a fifth place finish. Former Barton County CC runner, junior Akeem Haynes has put together a resume in two meets that includes a seventh place mark at the Indiana Relays in the 200 meter invitational. In three meets, transfer student-athlete Ken Taylor from Benedict College has put together two victories and a runner-up finish in three events: Taylor won the 800 meter event at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener and also at the Auburn Invitational, while the junior finished second in the 600 meter invitational at the Indiana Relays.

Schade Leads Crimson Tide Women
Perennial all-American high jumper Krystle Schade will lead the Crimson Tide women's team this weekend at the Colligan Memorial. The senior from Piper High School in Sunrise, Fla., is unbeaten in three competitions during the indoor season. She posted a seasonal best of 6-2 in winning the Auburn Invitational on January 19 in Birmingham and will be looking to eclipse her personal-best (PR) of 6-2 this weekend against the Tar Heels and the Cornhuskers.

Last Time Out: Indiana Relays
The Crimson Tide fared well in its last outing at the Indiana Relays hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. The Alabama men participated in 20 events during the two-day meet last Saturday. Highlighting the meet were the three events won by the Crimson Tide including a win for freshman runner James Harrington in the 200 meters, Jonathan Reid seizing his triple jump victory and Charodd Richardson's weight throw triumph. In the process, Jonathan Reid set a school indoor top-ten mark for triple jump with a jump of 50-7 ½ which is good enough to place seventh. Charodd Richardson also placed fourth all-time in the indoor school records with his throw of 59-4 and Elias Hakansson, who threw in the weight throw invitational and finished fourth set the school's second all-time mark in indoor competition at 64-10½.

Following The Action - Live Results
Alabama Track and Field fans can follow the Crimson Tide at Saturday's meet via the live stats website provided by the University of Nebraska at, in addition to following Alabama Track on Twitter at @Alabama Track.

Coach Waters on the Tide
"This Saturday will be a good benchmark event for us as we continue to build a complete team. It's our first team scoring meet of the season against competition that should bring out the best in us. It should be a good primer for the SEC Indoor Championships coming up in two weeks. We have a pretty close-knit team right now, and this should make that bond even stronger. We're looking forward to it and anxious to see how it goes."