Aug. 9, 2014
Kamloops, B.C. - Representing the United States (USA) team on Friday night, former University of Alabama sprinter Diondre Batson won a gold medal in the men's 100-meter dash for Team USA at the 2014 NACAC U-23 Championships, an international track & field event featuring 31 countries from North America, Central America and the Caribbean in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
Batson's winning time was 10.08 seconds with a slight tailwind of 0.2 meters per second. He entered the meet with a seed time of 10.04, which was .07 seconds faster than the next closest international competitor. Batson will compete again Saturday at the NACAC meet as part of the USA team's 4x100-meter relay unit.
"It was a blessing to represent my country and bring home a gold medal,' said Batson. "I just tried to stay patient and run my race."
Batson, who recently completed his senior season for the Crimson Tide, was the 2014 SEC indoor 60-meter champion and the NCAA indoor 200-meter champ. In 2013, he earned First Team All-America honors in the indoor 60 and 200, as well as the 100 and 4x100 relay outdoors.
"I'm really proud of Diondre's effort tonight," said Matt Kane, Alabama's assistant coach for sprints and hurdles. "It was a nice way to end the season after he struggled with some injuries earlier in the year."
More than 500 athletes ages 20, 21 and 22 are competing this weekend at Hillside Stadium on the campus of Thompson Rivers University in the 8th edition of the event.