Feb. 23, 2012
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama track and field team begins the championship portion of its season this weekend with the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky., Feb. 24-26.
The Crimson Tide will face one of the toughest fields in the nation as the SEC has seven men’s teams ranked in the Top 25 nationally including No. 1 Arkansas and No. 2 Florida. There are five women’s programs from the SEC currently inside the Top 25 as well including No. 3 LSU and No. 4 Arkansas.
Heading into this weekend’s meet, the Crimson Tide men’s team has three nationally ranked performances. Sophomore Kamal Fuller will attempt to bring home an individual SEC championship as his top mark of 25-3.5 in the long jump set at the Auburn Invitational ranks as the ninth best jump country and second best in the South Region. Campbell will look to close out his impressive indoor senior year by winning the high jump in Lexington. Campbell cleared 7-1.75 in the high jump at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational for the 19th best high jump mark in the nation. Sophomore Dwayne Extol is also ranked 20th in the 200 meters and fifth in the conference with a time of 21.22 recorded at the Texas A&M Invitational.
For the women’s team, Krystle Schade goes into the weekend with a great shot of winning the high jump as Schade owns the fourth best high jump mark in the country and the best in in the South Region by clearing a 6-0 in two meets this season to remain undefeated in the event. Seniors Amethyst Holmes and Angelica Howard, ranked 27th and 32nd in the country, respectively, will try to score points for the Tide at the SEC Championships and improve on their season bests.
The championship meet is slated to start for the women on Friday with Kaylon Eppinger in the women’s pentathlon. Eppinger finished second in the event at last year’s championships with a personal best score of 3.835. The meet will conclude on Sunday with men’s 4x400-meter relay at 4:55 p.m.