May 8, 2013
THIS WEEK: 2013 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE MEET: Alabama’s track and field squad travels to the 80th SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week, running Thursday through Sunday, May 9-12. Hosted by SEC newcomer Missouri at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium, the 2013 edition of the championships will feature seven ranked men’s teams (No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 6 Georgia, No. 12 LSU, No. 15 Mississippi and No. 17 Alabama) and five ranked women’s teams (No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Arkansas and No. 10 Georgia).
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Alabama Track and Field fans can follow the Crimson Tide at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships via the following means:
A live stream will be offered by ESPN3 online Saturday and Sunday via the following links: Saturday and Sunday.
Live results will be available through secdigitalnetwork.com.
Follow Alabama Track on social media via the Alabama Athletics Facebook page or via Twitter at @AlabamaTrack.
MEN RANKED 20TH IN LASTEST USTFCCCA POLL: The Alabama men are ranked 20th in the May 7 USTFCCCA release of the team rankings.
SEC RANKED AS TOP CONFERENCE: With seven currently ranked men’s teams, the Southeastern Conference ranks as the top conference in the nation, according to the latest USTFCCCA release. The Big Ten sits second in the men’s conference index top 10, with six ranked teams.
MEN AND WOMEN RANKED IN FINAL DUAL MEET RANKINGS OF 2013: The Crimson Tide is ranked among the nation's top 25 teams in the final National Dual Meet Rankings by Track & Field News magazine released on Wednesday, May 1. 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. 4 Arkansas. Alabama is one of five SEC teams in the men's rankings, joining No. 1 Arkansas, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 7 LSU and No. 24 Mississippi.
BATSON LEADS NCAA 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 all three events entered (100 meters at Spec Towns on April 13; 100 meters at LSU Alumni Gold on April 20; 200 meters at Crimson Tide Invitational on April 6), while Batson's 200-meter time of 20.61 ranks 12th in the nation.
MEN’S 4X100 METER TEAM 2ND NATIONALLY: The men’s 4x100 meter relay team ran UA’s first sub-39 second time since 1983 at the Drake Relays, winning their third contest as a team this year. The 38.97 winning time ranks third all-time in Crimson Tide history, and is the second best time of the year – trailing only Texas A&M’s 38.64 at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
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 two of three 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 15 legal throws this season, four rank among the school's all-time top 10 list, all over 200 feet.
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 at the Spec Towns Invitational on April 13. 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 15th-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 pole vault competition with a best clearance of 14 feet, 7 ¼ inches at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on March 30. Paine's winning height ranks first on all-time UA outdoor list and now owns eight of the top-10 marks in UA’s history. 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 (12th); Alexis Paine in the women's pole vault (2nd); the Tide's men's 4x100 relay (2nd); Krystle Schade in the women's high jump (5th); Callie Ives in the women's long jump (15th); Yanique Malcolm in the women's 800 (19th); Jonathan Reid in the men's triple jump (24th) and Elias Hakansson in the men's hammer (22nd).
YOUTHFUL ROSTER: 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).
HAKANSSON SHINES IN HAMMER THROW: Freshman Elias Hakansson made a name for himself at the Capstone during the 2013 indoor season in the 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 every hammer throw event he has entered (Crimson Tide Invitational, the Alabama Relays and the Samford Multi Invitational). Hakansson’s name can be seen throughout Alabama’s all-time hammer throw list, as he holds every position in the school’s top 10 list. He has recorded 13 throws in excess of 200 feet, the first Crimson Tide athlete to register that feat.
LAST YEAR AT THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS: The men finished 11th in 2012 at the SEC Championships scoring 17 points, while the women placed 8th with a total of 36 points. Highlighting last year’s action from Baton Rouge, La. were top-five finishes in the men’s 4x100, men’s high jump, women’s 100-meter hurdles and the women’s triple jump.