Track & Field Set for NCAA Regional Competition
May 23, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
NCAA East Regional Information
The Crimson Tide is scheduled to have 13 student-athletes compete at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The top 12 competitors in each event will move on to the NCAA Championships, June 6-9, in Des Moines Iowa.
The Tide’s push towards qualifying begins on Thursday afternoon at noon CDT with Kamal Fuller looking to maintain or improve his position at regional competition to advance. The sophomore, who finished fourth at the SEC Championships with a personal best jump of 25-8.75, is ranked eighth in the East Region.
Events on the track get underway for UA at 4 p.m. CDT with Shani Chandler in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Chander has had a breakout sophomore season that has seen her win four of the seven races she has competed this season and finish fifth at the SEC Championships in her last race. Her season-best time of 59.04 is the 22nd fastest time in the regional field.
Action for the Tide concludes on Thursday with the men’s 1,500 meters at 6:30 p.m. CDT as Gary Bradbury attempts to move into the top 12 in the region after finishing fourth at the SEC Championships in the event.
The second day of competition starts with Alexis Paine in the pole vault at 10 a.m. CDT. Her school record height of 13-5.25 ranks as the 12th best in the East Region field. At 4 p.m. CDT, Krystle Schade will begin competition in the women’s high jump as she aims to add another All-America honor to her resume after finishing second at the NCAA Indoor Championships. UA will also have Kaylon Eppinger (100-meter hurdles), Camilla Armsteat (200 meters) and Dwayne Extol (200 meters) attempting to advance on the track. In addition to her 100-meter hurdle attempt, Eppinger has already qualified for the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon with her personal best score of 5,560 points.
Saturday, the final day of competition will feature UA athletes in the women’s hammer throw and triple jump in addition to those that may have advanced to the quarterfinals of the 200 and 1,500 meters and the 100-meter hurdles.
Alabama NCAA East Region Qualifiers