Alabama Track & Field Ready for SEC Indoor Championships
Feb. 21, 2013
THIS WEEK: 2013 SEC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Crimson Tide travels to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 2013 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday-Sunday, February 22-24, after having last weekend off.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Alabama Track and Field fans can follow the Crimson Tide at this weekend's meet via the live stats and live streaming via the following means.
Live Video Streaming
Live Video Streaming will be provided by ESPN3, which will stream the meet live during the following times: Saturday, February 23, from 2:25 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. CT and on Sunday, February 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. CT. The remainder of the meet will be streamed live for free at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
The meet begins at 1 p.m. CT Friday and continues at 10 a.m. CT Saturday and Sunday. Live results will be available through www.flashresults.com and complete meet information may be found at
The SEC Indoor Championships will air as part of a 90-minute show on ESPNU on Wednesday, March 13 beginning at 8:30 p.m. CT. Follow Alabama Track on Twitter at @AlabamaTrack.
COACH WATERS ON THE TIDE
"We have some momentum heading into this weekend, so I am excited about what we can do. We are still building into what we envision for our program and I am excited about what we have seen this season and where we are going. This will be the next step in our development as a program. I expect us to compete hard and do well while continuing to improve. We have several athletes that should contend for titles."
ALABAMA WOMEN'S TEAM HISTORY AT SEC INDOORS
*Alabama has won one SEC Women's Indoor Championship: 1994. Since that 1994 SEC indoor title, Alabama's highest finish in the women's standings was a sixth-place finish (70.5 points) in 2006. Alabama's highest team points total in the SEC indoor meet since their 1994 team title was the 70.5 points scored in 2006.
*Alabama's 130 points scored in the 1988 SEC indoor meet is the most scored by the Crimson Tide women at an SEC indoor meet. Alabama placed second in the team standings that year (LSU - 141). In 1986, Alabama won the team title with a school-best 125.3 points scored, but that title was later vacated by an NCAA and SEC ruling.
*Alabama has not had more than one individual SEC indoor champion since 1994 when four athletes and one relay team won events.
*High jumper Krystle Schade (2012) is the only Alabama athlete to currently hold and SEC indoor meet record with her 6-2 clearance last year. Alabama's Elizabeth Lynch holds the record for the two-mile run set in 1986, but that event is longer contested at the meet.
*Since 1994, only seven Alabama women's athletes have won SEC indoor titles in individual events: Safiya Ingram (2000 - shot put); Beau Walker twice (2005 - 60m hurdles/2006 - 55m hurdles); Trish Bartholomew (2008 - 400m); Kim Laing (2010 - 60m hurdles); Wilamena Hopkins (2011 - shot put); and Krystle Schade (2012 - high jump).
*The only Crimson Tide athlete to win the women's Cliff Harper Trophy titles (high-points scorer at the SEC Indoor Championships) was Becki Wells, who scored 20 points while winning the mile and 3,000 meters to lead Alabama to the team title in 1994.
*The Tide will compete against five nationally ranked teams including the No. 1 team in the nation, host-school Arkansas, No. 2 Florida, No. 4 and SEC newcomer Texas A&M, No. 14 LSU and No. 17 Mississippi, according to the February 12 USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Computer Rankings.
*The Crimson Tide women's track program has recorded 33 SEC Indoor Championship individual event wins and 7 relay champions since the Tide began competing in 1984.
*Last year at the SEC Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Kentucky, Alabama finished ninth with 32 points. Florida won the 2012 SEC Indoor Title.
ALABAMA MEN'S TEAM HISTORY AT SEC INDOORS
*The Alabama men have won five SEC Indoor Championships including: 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1972.
*Alabama's men's program ranks fourth all-time in SEC Indoor Championships, trailing Arkansas (18), Tennessee (18) and Florida (6).
*Alabama's men's program holds five SEC Championship meet records: Ron Bramlett in the 60-meter hurdles (2001 - 7.55); Kirani James in the 400 meters (2011 - 44.80); Stephen Bolt in Mile (1976 - 3:59.4); Joel Rop, Terrell Mickens, Emmanuel Bor and Fred Samoei in the Distance Medley Relay (9:39.06 - 2011); and Miguel Pate in the Long Jump (27-0 - 2002).
*Seven Crimson Tide men have won the SEC's Cliff Harper Trophy titles (high-points scorer at the SEC Indoor Championships), ranking third in the SEC behind only Arkansas with nine and Florida with eight. Alabama's winners are as follows: Henry Orum (1972, 1974), Calvin Smith (1983), Clive Wright (1991), Tim Broe (2000) and David Kimani (2001, 2002). Alabama and Arkansas are the only two programs to have two student-athletes win back-to-back titles.
*The Tide men will compete against five nationally ranked teams including the No. 1 team in the nation, host-school Arkansas, No. 2 Florida, No. 4 and SEC newcomer Texas A&M, No. 14 LSU and No. 17 Mississippi, according to the February 12 USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Computer Rankings.
*The Crimson Tide men's track program has had 75 individual SEC Champions in the history of the SEC Indoor Championships.
*Alabama male athletes have recorded 85 SEC Indoor Championship event wins since the Tide began competing in 1957.
*Last year at the SEC Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Kentucky, Alabama's men's team finished 10th with 14 points. Arkansas won the 2012 SEC Indoor title.
SCHADE LEADS ALABAMA WOMEN
Senior high jumper Krystle Schade (Sunrise, Fla./Piper HS) returns to defend her SEC high jump title that she earned in 2012 with a meet-record clearance of 6-2 (1.88 meters). Schade, who went on to earn All-America honors last year with a second-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Schade is undefeated in the event this season, winning all four competitions leading into the SEC Indoor Championships. Along the way, Schade has matched her school record and could be looking to set a new mark this weekend in Fayetteville.
HAKANSSON MAKES ALABAMA HISTORY
Freshman Elias Hakansson (Halmstad, Sweden) broke a 15-year-old school record in the men's weight throw as Alabama finished second in the men's standings at the Mark Colligan Memorial Meet, hosted by the University of Nebraska. The school record set by Hakansson came on a throw of 66 feet, 9 ¼ inches (20.35 meters) and eclipsed by 3 1/2 inches a 15-year-old mark set by Derrick Jones in 1998. It was Hakansson's second individual victory of the indoor season. Hakansson's series produced five of the six longest throws in Alabama history, all exceeding 60 feet, opening at 61-1 (18.63 meters), followed by efforts of 64-1 (19.53m), 63-6 (19.37m) and 64-2 (19.57m) before closing with his record effort. Through four indoor meets, Hakansson now holds nine of the top ten spots on the all-time indoor records list in Alabama history. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week for his record-breaking performance at the meet.
TAYLOR MAKING AN IMPACT IN FIRST YEAR
After transferring from Benedict College where he was the 2012 NCAA Division II Men's Track Athlete of the Year for the South Region, Ken Taylor has added a spark to the men's indoor team this winter. He currently holds the top three individual spots in the 800 meters for the season and is just milliseconds off of joining the school's top ten list. Taylor has also garnered three wins so far - winning the 800 meters at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener, the Auburn Invitational and the Mark Colligan Memorial, while he also finished second at the Indiana Relays in the 600 meters.
BATSON PROVIDES A LIST AT NEBRASKA
Diondre Batson put together a remarkable day, winning the 200-meter dash with a 21.31 and also taking the top spot in the 60 meters as well, with a 6.73 which is a personal best. Both times rank just outside of the school's all-time indoor top 10 for those events. His 60-meter dash time established a new personal best by .06 of a second. Batson's two victories, along with his leg on Alabama's second-place 4x400-meter relay unit (3:11.56) accounted for 22 of the Crimson Tide's 102 points in the team standings.
In 2013, the Alabama track and field team has seen its fair share of new faces taking the track. So far, head coach Dan Waters has called on 20 freshmen on the men's team 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, Quincey Smith, Nathan Vardaman, Gil Walton and DeJasmon Williams. Of the 34 athletes on the current 2013 Alabama women's roster, 18 are in their freshman season at the Capstone. A closer look reveals that the roster also includes two sophomores, nine juniors and five seniors. Overall, 20 of 34 members of the Tide women's team are in their freshman or sophomore years of eligibility and 23 of 34 are in their first year of competition for Alabama.
TIDE MAKES FINAL DUAL MEET TEAM RANKINGS
Both the Crimson Tide men's and women's teams are ranked in the nation's top 20 in the final rankings of Track and Field News' indoor dual meet rankings for the 2013 season. The men's team is 20th in the rating while the Crimson Tide women finished 13th overall. Alabama's SEC rivals, LSU and Texas A&M led both rankings. A&M led the men's survey while LSU is atop the women's rankings. The ranking marks the first time since 1991 that the Crimson Tide men's and women's teams are ranked in the final rankings. That year Alabama was 16th in the women's rankings and 20th in the men's rankings. Overall, four Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the men's top 20 (No. 1 A&M, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 4 LSU and No. 20 Alabama) while four SEC teams are ranked in the women's top 20 (No. 1 LSU, No. 2 A&M, No. 3 Arkansas and No. 13 Alabama). To be considered for the indoor rankings, a team must compete in at least one dual meet during the indoor season, using TFN's definition of a dual meet as a scored meet between four or fewer teams. Rankings will be kept during the outdoor season for an indoor/outdoor composite. T&FN's dual meet rankings, compiled by Jesse Squire (http://www.tracksuperfan.com) are a revival of annual rankings compiled from 1970 to 1995. A full compilation of past dual meet rankings can be found at tracksuperfan.com.