3 Tide Athletes Earn All-America Honors At NCAA Indoor Championships

Krystle Schade

March 8, 2013

Fayetteville, Ark. - University of Alabama high jumper Krystle Schade, long jumper Kamal Fuller and sprinter Diondre Batson earned All-America honors in their respective events on Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Arkansas.

Schade earned the honor with en eighth-place finish in the women's high jump. Schade cleared six feet, 1 ½ inches (1.87 meters) to earn the honor. Brigetta Barrett of the University of Arizona won the event with a clearance of 6-4 ¾ (1.95 meters).

Fuller placed eighth in the men's long jump to earn All-America stature, finishing the competition with a best of 25 feet, 5 ¼ inches (7.75 meters). Fuller had legal jumps on three of his six attempts, going the same distance (25-5 ¾) on both his second and third attempts after fouling on his first try. Marquis Dendy of Florida won the competition with a leap of 27-2 (8.28m).

Batson became the third Crimson Tide athlete to earn All-America honors on Friday with an eighth place finish in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Arkansas.

Batson, who qualified for the 200 final with a time of 20.886 seconds in a preliminary heat, finished the final in 20.97 to earn his first All-America honor in his NCAA Championships debut. Texas A&M's Ameer Webb, who ran a world-leading time of 20.30 in the prelims, won the final in a time of 20.42 to edge Jackson State's Trey Hadnot (20.47).

Action continues on Saturday for the Crimson Tide at the NCAA Championships with Jonathan Reid competing in the men's triple jump and Alexis Paine competing in the women's pole vault.