May 18, 2014
Lexington, Ky. - University of Alabama senior Yanique Malcolm won the women's 800 meters on Sunday, the final day of the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Kentucky.
"We had some really great things happen today," Alabama head coach Dan Waters said. "Yanique came out and ran the exact race plan that we had for her. She did a tremendous job."
Malcolm won the women's 800 with a personal-best time of 2:03.28, which is a Kentucky Track and Field Complex record and ranks second in Alabama history. She is the first Alabama woman to win an individual SEC outdoor title since 2010 and the first in the 800 meters since Donna Cargill won in 1996.
"I was so happy because, being that it's my senior year, I really came out with the mindset to win this championship," Malcolm said. "I came out here, started well and was able to finish strong, so I'm very happy."
After leading the race during the first lap, Malcolm fell behind Georgia's Megan Malasarte for much of last 400 meters. With approximately 150 meters remaining, Malcolm made her move, storming from second place to overtake Malasarte in the final 50 meters.
"I knew she was going to be fresh," said Malcolm, referring to Malasarte. "I knew she was coming. I just prepared for her to come at me and told myself, `I'm just going to go, and as soon as I reach the 150-meter mark, I'm going to give it everything that I have."
In the finals of the women's 100, junior Remona Burchell clocked an 11.12 and finished runner-up by an eyelash to Texas A&M's Olivia Ekpone, who ran a time of 11.11.
Alabama finished eighth in the women's standings with 36 points. The Tide finished ninth in the men's standings with 34 points. Arkansas won the women's team title with 123 points, while Texas A&M won the men's title with 155 points.
Next up for Alabama is the NCAA East Regional meet in Jacksonville, Florida, on May 29-31.
An event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's performances Sunday:
100 meters: Senior Akeem Haynes notched a point for the Tide by finishing eighth in the final of the men's 100 meters. Running in lane nine into a headwind of 0.8 meters per second, Haynes clocked a 10.58. Prezel Hardy of Texas A&M won the event with a time of 10.31.
1,500 meters: In the finals of the men's 1,500 meters, junior Matt Airola found himself clustered in a small pack just off the lead group and finished just shy of a point-earning position, as he clocked a time of 3:51.71 to place ninth. Kentucky junior Keffri Neal won the event with a time of 3:48.69.
5,000 meters: Sophomore Parker Deuel recorded a time of 14:41.05, shattering his previous personal record, to place 12th in the men's 5,000 meters. Sophomore Eric Sivill (15:15.23) and freshman Payton Ballard (15:27.63) also competed for the Tide.
4x400-meter relay: Alabama's team of sophomore Dwight Davis, junior Alex Amankwah, freshman Jacopo Lahbi and senior Ken Taylor finished fifth in the men's 4x400-meter relay after clocking a season-best time of 3:07.09. Lahbi ran an especially strong third leg to help the Tide collect four points in the ultra-competitive race which included several of the top 4x400 teams in the nation. Texas A&M shattered the facility and SEC meet records with a time of 3:01.19 to win the second heat and the SEC Championship.
100 meters: Senior Remona Burchell jumped out to a lead in the finals of the women's 100 meters but was caught by Texas A&M's Olivia Ekpone at the finish line. Burchell finished second by a hair, clocked a wind-legal personal record of 11.12 to Ekpone's 11.11. Burchell's time ranks second in school history behind Pauline Davis' 11.11 on May 18, 1986.
800 meters: With fewer than 100 meters remaining in the finals of the women's 800 meters, senior Yanique Malcolm procured the lead from Georgia's Megan Malasarte to capture the first individual outdoor SEC title for the Tide since 2010. Malcolm's time of 2:03.28 is a new personal best, a new track record and the second-best time in school history.
5,000 meters: Sophomore Meropi Panagiotou recorded a personal record of 16:49.43 and finished 11th in the women's 5,000 meters. Panagiotou's time ranks ninth in school history. She was joined by freshman teammates Allison Gregg (17:27.72) and Hannah Waggoner (17:36.00) in the event. A trio of Arkansas women swept the event's medals with Razorback junior Diane Robison winning the title in 15:48.25.
4x100-meter relay: Alabama's quartet of freshman Quanesha Burks, senior Remona Burchell, junior Dominique Kimpel and senior Sarah Thomas clocked a 44.60 to place fourth in the women's 4x100-meter relay. The Tide's time ranks eighth in school history and earned Alabama five points in the women's team standings. Texas A&M won the event by clocking a 43.20.
4x400-meter relay: The foursome of senior Shani Chandler, freshman Alex Gholston, junior Dominique Kimpel and senior Yanique Malcolm earned Alabama three points and a sixth-place finish in the women's 4x400-meter relay. The Crimson Tide's time of 3:35.90 was a season best and ranks sixth in school history. Texas A&M's team ran a new facility record 3:28.59 to win the event.
Javelin: Sophomore Kevin Shannon placed 13th in the men's javelin competition with a mark of 61.12 meters (200 feet, 6 inches), which came on his second attempt of the day. His first attempt spanned 58.94 meters (193 feet, 4 inches), and his third attempt resulted in a foul. He did not advance to the finals of the event, which was won by Kentucky's Raymond Dykstra on a facility record throw of 76.45 meters (250 feet, 10 inches).
Triple Jump: Sophomore Imani Brown and freshman Jeremiah Green finished 10th and 11th, respectively, in the men's triple jump competition. Brown's first jump was his best of the day, as he jumped a distance of 15.05 meters (49 feet, 4.50 inches). Brown posted two more legal marks but failed to qualify for the finals. Green fouled on his first two attempts before recording a season-best mark of 14.98 meters (49 feet, 1.75 inches), which failed to qualify him for the finals. Florida's Marquis Dendy won the event with a mark of 16.52 meters (54 feet, 2.50 inches).
Shot Put: Redshirt freshmen Kyle Felpel and Hayden Reed placed 11th and 12th, respectively, in the men's shot put competition. Felpel's best mark of the day spanned 18.08 meters (59 feet, 4 inches), while Reed's only legal toss was a mark of 17.90 meters (58 feet, 8.75 inches). Both throwers' best marks came on their third and final throw of the day, as neither advanced to the finals. Florida's Stipe Zunic launched a facility record mark of 20.52 meters (67 feet, 4 inches) to win the event.
Triple Jump: Sophomore Merilyn Uudmae jumped a distance of 12.27 meters (40 feet, 3.25 inches) and finished 14th in the women's triple jump competition. Uudmae posted a mark of 12.19 meters (40 feet) on her first attempt and fouled on her second attempt before recording her best mark on the third attempt. She failed to advance to the finals. Florida's Ciarra Brewer won the event with a mark of 13.91 meters (45 feet, 7.75 inches).
Discus: Freshman Berta Amelinaite threw 46.76 meters (153 feet, 5 inches) on her second attempt and placed 11th in the women's discus competition. Amelinaite's first throw traveled 45.27 meters (148 feet, 6 inches), while her third throw went 46.68 meters (153 feet, 2 inches). Texas A&M sophomore Shelbi Vaughan won the event title with a throw of 63.60 meters (208 feet, 8 inches).
SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Sunday, May 18, 2014
1. Texas A&M..........155.00
10. Mississippi St...26.00
12. S. Carolina..........23.00
3. Texas A&M.........113.00
11. Miss. St...............26.00
12. S. Carolina........25.50
100 meters (w: -0.8): 8. Akeem Haynes, 10.58.
1,500 meters: 9. Matt Airola, 3:51.71.
5,000 meters: 12. Parker Deuel, 14:41.05; 33. Eric Sivill, 15:15.23; 37. Payton Ballard, 15:27.63.
4x400-meter relay: 5. Alabama (Dwight Davis, Alex Amankwah, Jacopo Lahbi, Ken Taylor), 3:07.09.
Javelin: 13. Kevin Shannon, 61.12m (200-6).
Triple Jump: 10. Imani Brown, 15.05m (49-4.50); 11. Jeremiah Green, 14.98m (49-1.75).
Shot Put: 10. Kyle Felpel, 18.08m (59-4); 11. Hayden Reed, 17.90m (58-8.75).
100 meters (w: + m/s): 2. Remona Burchell, 11.12.
800 meters: 1. Yanique Malcolm, 2:03.28.
5,000 meters: 11. Meropi Panagiotou, 16:49.43; 22. Allison Gregg, 17:27.72; 27. Hannah Waggoner, 17:36.00.
4x100-meter relay: 4. Alabama (Quanesha Burks, Remona Burchell, Dominique Kimpel, Sarah Thomas), 44.20.
4x400-meter relay: 6. Alabama (Shani Chandler, Alex Gholston, Dominique Kimpel, Yanique Malcolm), 3:35.90.
Triple Jump: 14. Merilyn Uudmae, 12.27m (40-3.25).
Discus: 11. Berta Amelinaite, 46.76m (153-5).