Eppinger Wins Heptathlon on Second Day of Alabama Relays
Angelica Howard returned to action and finished second in the hammer throw on Friday.

Angelica Howard returned to action and finished second in the hammer throw on Friday.

March 25, 2011

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Junior Kaylon Eppinger led the University of Alabama women’s track and field team with a victory in the heptathlon on the second day of the Alabama Relays at Sam Bailey Track.

Eppinger scored 5,499 points, the highest score in the nation this season. The score also places her second on the Alabama all-time list. Eppinger opened up the day already leading the pack after a strong performance in the first four events of the competition Thursday. She finished second in the long jump with a mark of 18-8 and threw 127-9 in the javelin to finish third. In the final portion of competition, the 800m run, Eppinger ran a time of 2:24.95, finishing third.

“I’m excited about today, especially for Kaylon,” head coach Sandy Fowler said. “Her score is easily going to get her in the NCAA meet and to have that done the first outdoor meet means she can get back to business and work on some of her other events because she’s also an awesome hurdler. I’m excited as to where this is going to lead her.”

Also competing for the Tide in the heptathlon was junior Nichole Sides and sophomore Rachel Robbs. Sides finished 10th with personal-best score of 4,328 points while Robbs scored 3,983 points to finish 16th.

In the hammer throw Friday evening, junior Angelica Howard threw 186-3 to finish in second place. Freshman Aoife Hickey recorded a mark of 166-04 to finish seventh while sophomore Lee Stowers finished ninth with a mark of 160-01. Juniors Jasmine Williams and Amethyst Holmes also competed in the hammer throw, finishing 11th and 12th, respectively. Louisville’s D’Ana McCarty won the event with a throw of 188-11.

“We had four young ladies in the finals of the women’s hammer throw,” Fowler said. “I’m very excited about Angelica Howard. She’s coming back to us after having two back surgeries and a wrist surgery. She actually started throwing the hammer again 10 days ago, so to open up with a throw this far indicates the type of athlete she is. I’m proud of them and as the season progresses. I think we’re going to see nothing but longer throws.”

The Alabama Relays continue Saturday, at 8:30 a.m. with the women’s 10,000m.

Alabama Results

1. Kaylon Eppinger,  5,499
10. Nichole Sides,  4,328
16. Rachel Robbs,  3,983

Hammer Throw
2. Angelica Howard, 186-03
7. Aoife Hickey, 166-04
9. Lee Stowers, 160-01
11. Jasmine Williams, 159-02
12. Amethyst Holmes, 158-09