April 4, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
THIS WEEKEND: THE CRIMSON TIDE INVITATIONAL
The University of Alabama track & field team hosts the Crimson Tide Invitational this Saturday, April 6, at the Sam Bailey Track & Field Stadium on the UA campus. Action on the track begins at 5 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relay. The meet starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday with the men's hammer throw.
Alabama will take on athletes from the Mississippi State University, the University of Missouri, the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska and Penn State University in the event.
"This weekend's meet is a scored event, it will be interesting to see how we stack up," said UA track & field head coach Dan Waters. "Nebraska, Penn State, Mississippi State, Missouri and Minnesota are bringing teams to this weekend's meet, so it will have a good Big Ten and SEC flavor to it.
"We competed with Nebraska at an indoor meet in February up in Lincoln and did well there. Mississippi State and Missouri are conference rivals, so we went up against them at the SEC indoor meet. Penn State and Minnesota are good programs. This should be a good measuring stick for us. Good schools to compete against."
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 results will be available through www.branchsportstech.com.
Follow Alabama Track on social media via the Alabama Athletics Facebook page or via Twitter at @AlabamaTrack.
COACH WATERS ON THE TIDE
"I've been encouraged. We had an excellent start the last couple of weekends with a couple of school records falling and some performances that are among the top 10 in UA history in several events. With a young team like ours, those are very encouraging things early in the season. We are a more diverse team this year as our strengths go. If we can be consistent and stay focused and healthy, I am optimistic that we can develop into a good team this season. While we aren't where I envision us eventually being, we are definitely making progress. As for individuals, Alexis Paine has been outstanding in the women's pole vault, setting the school record last week by almost a foot, and Elias Hakansson set a school record in the hammer throw two weeks ago. Robbie Farnham-Rose is running very well in the men's 1,500 meters. We have a lot of young talent that is starting to develop. It will be great to compete on our home track. The weather should be good on Saturday, so it's a great chance for our team to show what they can do in a home meet. We've had a good start to our outdoor season, but it's time for us to take things to another level."
ALABAMA ATHLETES TO WATCH
The Crimson Tide continues to develop a diverse team in Dan Waters' second season as head coach. That total team approach is yielding early dividends in a variety of events. Alabama has seen school records fall in two field events thus far - the men's hammer throw and the women's pole vault - in addition to several Tide athletes posting performances that rank in the all-time Alabama top 10 in a variety of events. Here's a look at some standouts for Alabama thus far this season.
Elias Hakansson - Men's Weight Throw
Hakansson started Alabama's outdoor season in style by shattering a 15-year-old school record in the first event of the first meet on March 22 at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays. Hakansson bettered the previous school mark of 195 feet, 4 inches set by Derrick Jones in 1998. He did so on his first attempt in a series of five attempts in which all three of his legal throws exceeded Jones' mark. Hakansson finished the day with a best of 210-0 (64.01 meters) and ended the day owning the three best throws in UA history. His first effort traveled 209-5 (63.83m) and his other legal attempt traveled 203-10 (62.14m). The native of Halmstad, Sweden, now owns the indoor weight throw school record and the outdoor hammer throw mark in his first season at the Capstone. Hakansson earned SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors for his performance.
Alexis Paine - Women's Pole Vault
Making her 2013 outdoor debut, Paine raised the Crimson Tide’s standard in the event by 10 inches on March 30 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational by clearing 14 feet, 7 ¼ inches (4.45 meters) to abolish her previous school record of 13-9 ¼ set in 2012.
Kimberley Ficenec - Women's 800 meters
Ficenec’s impressive victory at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on March 30 of 2:09.75 ranks seventh on the all-time UA list.
Callie Ives - Women's Long Jump
Ives was second in the women’s long jump at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on March 30 with a best of 19-4 (5.89m), a mark that is eighth on the all-time UA list.
Kevin Shannon - Men's Javelin
In his Alabama debut on March 30, Shannon posted the sixth-best javelin throw in Alabama history as he won the event with a toss of 204-11 (62.45m).
LAST TIME OUT: YELLOW JACKET INVITATIONAL
Alexis Paine shattered the school record in the women’s pole vault as the Alabama track and field team won eight events overall, including five individual events and three relays, on Saturday at the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. Paine raised the Crimson Tide’s standard in the event by 10 inches on Saturday by clearing 14 feet, 7 ¼ inches (4.45 meters) to abolish her previous school record of 13-9 ¼ set in 2012.
The men’s and women’s teams took three of four relay events contested in addition to the individual event victories. The Tide took the men’s 4x100-meter relay with Akeem Haynes, Diondre Batson, James Harrington and Alex Sanders rounding the track in 39.89 seconds. The Crimson Tide quartet of Joel Lynch, Quincy Smith, Diondre Batson and Ken Taylor won the men’s 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:08.47. Alabama’s women’s 4x400 unit of Joy Maneice-Marbury, Kyri Tabor, Dacia Mays and Shani Chandler won their event in a time of 3:45.44. The Tide women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Sarah Thomas, Kyri Tabor, Joy Maneice-Marbury and Lacey Dent was third in 45.95.