June 10, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - A total of 15 members of the Alabama track and field team earned outdoor All-American honors it was announced this week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
"Having this many athletes earn All-American honors just goes to show the kind of season we've had," second-year UA head coach Dan Waterssaid. "We had eight individuals earn first-team honors and the 15 athletes who earned either first, second or honorable mention honors came from all over the track, from the sprints and relays to jumps and throws. We're very proud of what our team has accomplished this season."
Juniors Diondre Batson, Alex Sanders and Akeem Haynes along with senior Dushane Farrierearned first-team honors in the 4x100m relay after finishing second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to Florida by 1/100th of a second.
Batson, who joined the Crimson Tide in January for the spring semester after playing football at the American River College in the fall, earned a trio of All-American accolades overall, adding first-team honors in the 100-meters and second team honors in the 200m to his relay accolade. He was fourth in the 100m and ninth in the 200m at the NCAA Championships.
Senior Alexis Paineearned first-team All-American honors in the pole vault for the second year in a row after taking fourth place in her final NCAA Outdoor Championship.
Freshman Imani Brown and junior Kamal Fullerearned first-team honors in the triple jump and long jump, respectively. Both men finished sixth at the national championships in their events. It was Fuller's second outdoor All-American honor after earning first-team in the long jump in 2012 as well.
Freshman Elias Hakanssonbecame the first member of the Alabama men's team to earn All-American honors in the hammer throw, taking first-team honors after taking eighth at the national championships.
Freshmen Dwight Davis and Quincy Smith and juniors Joel Lych and Ken Taylor earned second-team All-American honors in the 4x400m relay. Freshman Justin Fondren and senior Krystle Schadeearned the second team All-American honors in the men's and women's high jump. It was Schade's third outdoor All-American honor in the high jump after earning first-team honors in 2010 and 2012.
Senior Wilamena Hopkinsearned honorable mention All-American honors in the shot put in her final NCAA Outdoor Championship appearance.
In all seven members of the UA men's team earned first team All-American honors, the most for the Tide in a single outdoor season since 1983. Paine also became the first member of the women's team to earn first team All-American honors in the same in back-to-back outdoor seasons since Trish Bartholomewmanaged the feat in the 400m in 2007 and 2008.
Alabama Track and Field's 2013 Outdoor All-Americans
Diondre Batson, 100 Meters
Diondre Batson, 4×100 Relay
Imani Brown, Triple Jump
Dushane Farrier, 4×100 Relay
Kamal Fuller, Long Jump
Elias Hakansson, Hammer
Akeem Haynes, 4×100 Relay
Alex Sanders, 4×100 Relay
Diondre Batson, 200 Meters
Dwight Davis, 4×400 Relay
Justin Fondren, High Jump
Joel Lynch, 4×400 Relay
Quincy Smith, 4×400 Relay
Ken Taylor, 4×400 Relay
Alexis Paine, Pole Vault
Krystle Schade, High Jump
Wilamena Hopkins, Shot Put