May 16, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. - The Alabama women's track and field team started off its first day at the SEC Championships with an impressive performance from Betty Rotich in the 10,000 meters Friday night at the Hutsell-Rosen Track. Alabama also moved on some qualifiers into the weekend finals.
"Betty competed well for us today," head coach Sandy Fowler said. "It is always a positive to have someone place that high on the first day of competition. This performance makes the athletes more accountable for the days to come."
Rotich scored the first points of the meet for the Tide with a second place finish. Rotich finished with a time of 34:26.08 to lower her NCAA provisional time. The second place finish earned the Tide eight points for the day.
In the preliminaries Talaya Owens set the tone with the fastest time of the day and will head into the weekend as the top seed in the 400 hurdles. Owens won her heat in a provisional time of 59.18.
In the hammer throw finals Elizabeth Wilson just missed scoring for the Tide but did toss a lifetime best mark. The sophomore uncorked the weight 167-11 to finish ninth overall. Freshman Angelica Howard placed 14th overall with a toss of 146-08 while Jessica Hand placed 17th with a mark of 127-07.
The women's javelin will start things off on Saturday. The event is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. with Meghan Austin looking to score some points for the Crimson Tide.