June 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. -
The University of Alabama track and field team has had four student-athletes earn All-America honors as designated by the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization announced Tuesday.
The Crimson Tide earned three first-team All-America honors at last week’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and a second team honoree as well. Of the five UA competitors that qualified for the NCAA Championships, four returned home as All-American, three of them for the first time. First-team USTFCCCA All-America honors are awarded to those who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships, or reach an eight-entrant final. Second-team All-America honors are handed out to those whose final placing in the national meet range from ninth to 16th place.
Sophomore Kamal Fuller picked up his first outdoor All-America accolade with his eighth-place finish in the men’s long jump of 25-2. Junior Alexis Paine collected her first All-America title by finishing eighth in the women’s pole vault with a school record height of 13-9.25 while Krystle Schade earned her third outdoor and sixth overall All-America honor by finishing fourth in the women’s high jump with an outdoor personal best clearance of 6-1.50. Tyler Campbell, competing in his first outdoor championships collected second team honors with a 16th-place finish in the men’s high jump at a height of 7-0.5.
Alabama track and field has now earned 125 total men’s outdoor All-America honors while the women’s program has collected 150 all-time All-America awards. Additionally, the Tide’s efforts helped bolster a strong showing by the Southeastern Conference that saw the league record a national best 68 All-America awards.