March 4, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
University of Alabama senior pole vaulter Alexis Paine and senior high jumper Krystle Schade earned all-conference honors, in addition to the Crimson Tide placing a league-leading five athletes on the Southeastern Conference’s All-Freshman Teams based on performances at the 2013 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships, the SEC Office announced.
Paine earned First-Team All-SEC honors by winning the women’s pole vault with a school-record height at the recent SEC meet held February 22-24 in Fayetteville, Ark. Schade finished second in the women’s high jump to earn Second-Team All-SEC accolades.
Four Alabama male athletes and one female athlete earned spots on the SEC All-Freshman Team. For the men, Robbie Farnham-Rose earned his spot on the team with a third-place finish in the mile, Justin Fondren made the team due to a third-place finish in the high jump, Josh McCullan made the team via a ninth-place finish in the long jump and Elias Hakansson made the squad on the strength of a third-place showing in the weight throw. Kimberley Ficenec made the women’s SEC All-Freshman Team due to her eight-place finish in the 800 meters.
The strong showing by the Crimson Tide freshmen was evidenced by the fact that 29 of the 40 points scored by the men's team were scored by athletes in their first year of competition at Alabama with 25.75 points scored by freshmen. Alabama features 28 freshmen on the men's roster and 23 female athletes in their first year competing for the Crimson Tide. The Crimson Tide men’s team scored 40 points to place seventh in the team standings while the Alabama women scored 25 points to finish 10th in the team race.
Alabama’s men’s and women’s squads combined for 25 personal-best performances at the SEC Indoor Championships, including 10 performances that rank among the 10 best in Alabama history for their respective events.