Women's Track Helps SEC to Third Place at TAMU Challenge
Devon Romero helped Alabama's 4x400m relay team run a season best.

Devon Romero helped Alabama's 4x400m relay team run a season best.

Feb. 12, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The University Alabama women’s track and field team continued their season with a strong showing with nine top-10 finishes Saturday at the Texas A&M Challenge in the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.

“It was a great meet with a lot of personal bests,” UA head coach Sandy Fowler said. “I told our team to be ready because we were going against a lot of nationally ranked teams. This is the time of year, right before the conference meet, where we need more rest and recovery so that we have good turnover and become more explosive and powerful. I was really impressed with how well the team did. It means a lot for them down the road.”

Junior Amethyst Holmes won the weight throw competition with a personal-best mark of 65-4 while Krystle Shade continued to impress in the high jump. Her 5-10.5 jump earned her second. Kaylon Eppinger jumped personal best 5-4.25 to finish ninth in the high jump. Eppinger also recorded a personal best in the long jump with a mark of 18-4.5 and finished seventh in the 60m hurdles, running 8.48.

In the distance events, sophomore Katlyn Will finished fifth in the 1,000m  with a time of 2:59.63. In the mile, Elsbeth Denton ran 5:04.67 to finish 13th with Andrea Torske right behind at 5:05.75. Sarah Gilmore recorded a new personal-best with her time of 5:08.80, finishing 17th.

In the 400m dash, Camilla Armstead ran 57.08 to finish 21st. Dacia Mays ran 57.28 to finish 22nd and Devon Romero finished 25th with a time of 57.88. Graham and Romero recorded personal-best times in the 200m dash with times of 25.17 and 25.40, respectively. The 4x400m relay team of Armstead, Romero, Shani Chandler and Mays ran a season-best time of 3:48.06 to finish eighth.

The meet was scored by conference affiliation as the Southeastern Conference, with Alabama’s help, finished third in overall scoring with 119 points. The Big 12 finished won the event 297 points, the Pac-10 with 176 points and Conference USA scored 60 points.

Next up for the Tide are the SEC Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. on Feb. 25-27.

Texas A&M Challenge
College Station, Texas – Gilliam Indoor Stadium
Alabama Results

60m Hurdles Prelim
7. Kaylon Eppinger, 8.50
14. Audra Frimpong, 8.73
32. Shani Chandler, 9.56

60m Hurdles Finals
7. Kaylon Eppinger, 8.48

60m Dash Prelim
22. Toni Graham, 7.80
27. Audra Frimpong, 7.88

1,000m Run
5. Katlyn Will, 2:59.63

Mile Run
13. Elsbeth Denton, 5:04.67
14. Andrea Torske, 5:05.75
17. Sarah Gilmore, 5:08.80
19. Leigh Gilmore, 5:09.88

400m Dash
21. Camilla Armstead, 57:08
22. Dacia Mays, 57.28
25. Devon Romero, 57.88

800m Run
20. Jordan Harper, 2:19.87
25. Aubrielle Wright, 2:24.56

200m Dash
31. Toni Graham, 25.17
33. Camilla Armstead, 25.37
26. Devon Romero, 25.40

4x400m Relay
8. Camilla Armstead, Devon Romero, Shani Chandler, Dacia Mays, 3:48.06

Long Jump
9. Kaylon Eppinger, 18-4.5
24. Rachel Robbs, 15-10.5

Weight Throw
1. Amethyst Holmes, 65-4
12. Lee Stowers, 52-2
14. Wilamena Hopkins, 51-5
16. Jasmine Williams, 50-5.25
17. Aoife Hickey, 49-9.25

High Jump
2. Krystle Schade, 5-10.5
9. Kaylon Eppinger, 5-4.25

Shot Put
8. Wilamena Hopkins, 50-4.75
17. Amethyst Holmes, 42-6
22. Rachel Robbs, 38-6

Triple Jump
6. Chloe Hetherton, 39-3.25