Crimson Tide Puts in Final Push Toward NCAA Hopes
Wilamena Hopkins finished fourth in the shot put at Virginia Tech but ranks 16th in the nation this season.

Wilamena Hopkins finished fourth in the shot put at Virginia Tech but ranks 16th in the nation this season.

March 5, 2011

BLACKSBURG, Va. - With hopes of qualifying for next weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championships, three members of the University of Alabama women’s track and field team wrapped up competition at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on Saturday.

Junior Kaylon Eppinger posted a time of 8.43 in the preliminary round of the 60m hurdles and moved on to the semi-finals, finishing in 8.46. She finished eighth in the final round with a time of 8.57. Eppinger did not meet the NCAA qualifying standard time of 8.14, but her season-best time of 8.29 currently ranks 30th in the nation.

Sophomore Wilamena Hopkins finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 50-9 ¼. Her 54-7 ½ performance from last weekend’s SEC Championships fell just short of the 55-5 ½ NCAA provisional mark, but currently ranks 16th nationally to put her in position to potentially advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships. In the weight throw competition, junior Amethyst Holmes recorded a mark of 61-0 to finish 10th. Her best mark of the season is 65-4, which ranks 21st in the nation. The NCAA automatic standard in the weight throw is 68-10.

“All three of these young ladies had a fantastic season,” head coach Sandy Fowler said. “We’ll wait and see what happens for nationals, but either way, they had an awesome season and I’m proud of them.”

Although the three student-athletes fell short of NCAA automatic marks, they still have the chance to qualify based on their marks from earlier in the season. So far, the only Alabama student-athlete who has met the qualifying standard and is guaranteed a spot in the championship field is junior Krystle Schade in the high jump.

Up next, student-athletes who have qualified will compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships, held in College Station, Texas, March 11-12.

VT Last Chance Meet
Rector Fieldhouse
Alabama Individual Results

60m Hurdles (Prelim)
9. Kaylon Eppinger, 8.43

60m Hurdles (Semi-Finals)
8. Kaylon Eppinger, 8.46

60m Hurdles (Finals)
8. Kaylon Eppinger, 8.57

Shot Put
4. Wilamena Hopkins, 50-9 ¼

Weight Throw
10. Amethyst Holmes, 61-0