April 18, 2013
The University of Alabama track & field team travels to Baton Rouge, La., this weekend to compete in the LSU Alumni Gold meet this Saturday, April 20, at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium on the campus of Louisiana State University. Alabama will take on athletes from LSU, Texas A&M, Tulane, Illinois, Northwestern, Houston, Minnesota, Louisiana-Monroe, Nicholls State, Wheaton College, South Florida, Harvard, Louisiana Tech and others at the meet.
Action begins at LSU on Saturday at 9 a.m. Central Time (CT) with the men's and women's discus and the meet concludes with the men's 4x400-meter relay slated to hit the track at 4:25 p.m. CT.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Alabama Track and Field fans can follow the Crimson Tide at the LSU Alumni Gold meet via the following means.
Live results will be available through www.deltatiming.com.
Follow Alabama Track on social media via the Alabama Athletics Facebook page or via Twitter at @AlabamaTrack.
COACH WATERS ON THE TIDE
"This meet will be a major challenge for our young team but we are excited about the opportunity to get on the track and compete against some of the finest teams in the country," said UA track & field head coach Dan Waters. "Taking on LSU, Texas A&M and several other top schools is the type of challenge our program needs to be able to meet in order to get to where we want to be. I have been very pleased and excited about our progress to this point of the season. This is just another opportunity for our young team to step up and show what they can do."
TIDE MEN RANKED 16TH, WOMEN 25TH IN NATIONAL DUAL MEET RANKINGS
The Crimson Tide is ranked among the nation's top 25 teams in this week's National Dual Meet Rankings by Track & Field News magazine released on Wednesday, April 17. Alabama is ranked 16th in the men's rankings and is ranked 25th in the women's rankings. The Crimson Tide is one of four Southeastern Conference (SEC) teams in the women's rankings, joining No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 5 Arkansas. Alabama is one of five SEC teams in the men's rankings, joining No. 1 Arkansas, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 5 Florida and No. 10 LSU.
BATSON IS WORLD LEADER IN 100
Junior sprinter Diondre Batson earned SEC Men's Runner of the Week after he ran the fastest 100-meter dash time in the world thus far this season with a time of 10.06 seconds on April 13 at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational at the Spec Towns Track on the campus of the University of Georgia. Batson's 10.06 was with a legal wind of 1.9 meters per second and eclipsed his previous personal best of 10.10. The performance ranks third in UA history in the outdoor 100, just behind the school record of 9.93 set by Calvin Smith in 1983 and a 10.04 clocked by Emmit King in 1983. Batson was recognized by the USTFCCCA with Honorable Mention for the Division I Men's National Athlete of the Week. So far this year, Batson has competed and won both events entered (100 meters at Spec Towns on April 13; 200 meters at Crimson Tide Invitational on April 6), while Batson's 200-meter time of 20.61 ranks fourth in the nation.
SHANNON RANKS AMONG UA ELITE IN JAVELIN
Freshman thrower Kevin Shannon has established himself as one of the most prolific javelin athletes in UA history. Shannon has won both javelin events he has competed in this spring, at the Spec Towns Invitational (April 13) and the Yellow Jacket Invitational (March 30). Out of his 10 legal throws this season, three rank among the school's all-time top-10 list, all over 200 feet.
HAKANSSON SHINES IN HAMMER THROW
Freshman Elias Hakansson made a name for himself at the Capstone during the 2013 indoor season, dominating weight throw and currently holds nine of the top 10 throws on the all-time list. He continues to shine in the outdoor season, winning both hammer throw events he has entered (Crimson Tide Invitational and the Alabama Relays). Hakansson holds the top seven hammer throws in Alabama's outdoor history.
IVES MAKES IMPACT IN WOMEN'S LONG JUMP
Freshman Callie Ives posted a best of 20 feet, 8 inches (6.30 meters) to win the long jump last weekend at Spec Towns Invitational. Ives' mark ranks third on the all-time UA outdoor list and is a personal best by exactly one foot over her previous PR of 19-8. Four of Ives' efforts in her six jumps in the competition rank among the UA all-time top 10 in the event as she also posted efforts of 19-11 (6.07m), 19-11 ½ (6.08) and 20-4 ½ (6.21m). Ives now owns the 11th-best long jump mark in the collegiate ranks this season.
PAINE AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN WOMEN'S POLE VAULT
Senior Alexis Paine won the women's invitational pole vault competition with a best clearance of 14 feet, 2 inches (4.32m). Paine's winning height ranks third on all-time UA outdoor list and she also had an earlier clearance on Saturday of 13-6 ¼, an effort that ranks 6th on the all-time UA outdoor list. Paine ranks second in the collegiate ranks this season in the event.
REID & BROWN LEAD TIDE JUMPS CREW
Junior Jonathan Reid's triple jump seasonal best jump of 51 feet, 3 ½ inches (15.63 meters) ranks ninth on the all-time UA outdoor list and is the second-best leap of his outdoor career. Freshman Imani Brown's seasonal best mark of 50-11 (15.52m) ranks 10th on the all-time UA outdoor list and is a personal best.
SEVERAL TIDE ATHLETES RANK AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
Several Alabama athletes rank among the nation's leaders in their respective events: Batson in the men's 100 (1st) and men's 200 (3rd); Alexis Paine in the women's pole vault (2nd); the Tide's men's 4x100 relay (3rd); Krystle Schade in the women's high jump (8th); Callie Ives in the women's long jump (11th); Yanique Malcolm in the women's 800 (12th); Jonathan Reid in the men's triple jump (14th) and Elias Hakansson in the men's hammer (16th).
Overall, UA's outdoor roster of 70 athletes on the combined men's & women's team features 41 freshmen (26 men, 15 women), 7 sophomores (4 men, 3 women), 15 juniors (8 women, 7 men) and 7 seniors (4 women, 3 men).