The Alabama women’s track and field team wrapped up two days of competition at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday.
“I think this meet told us exactly where we are at, and we have some work to do,” head coach Sandy Fowler said. “The meet gave me some ideas on how everyone has trained over the break, but now we can move on from there. I look for personal bests and NCAA qualifiers to grow every week from here out.”
Nine Tide athletes set personal best at the meet this weekend. In the weight throw, all five women that threw for the tide set a personal best, Aymara Albury (5th), Lorna Finn (14th), Rachel Garcia (15th), Sarah Robles (21st), and Elizabeth Wilson (28th).
Amyura Albury set a personal best in the shot-put as well with a distance of 53’4.25” (16.26m) which was good for a second place finish and a NCAA provisional. Albury suffered a slight ankle injury in practice earlier this week and was not completely healthy for this meet.
“That speaks volumes for Amyura,” Fowler said. ”When she is healthy, she should be throwing in the 18m range.”
In the 800m, Megan Betts’ time of 2:20.70 and Whitney Taylor’s time of 2:25.06 were both personal best as well. Kou Lougan finished in third place with a time of 2:10.19.
Freshman Raven Tirado led the tide in the 200m with a time of 25.67, which is also a personal best
Many of the Tide’s top finishers were freshmen and sophomores, including Sarah Robles who won the discus on Friday night as a freshman.
“The big thing I am seeing is we have a new class that is starting to take over some important events for us,” Fowler said. “It is good to see that these young ladies can compete in the SEC and believe in themselves, which can be a tough thing to do at your first ever collegiate meet.”
Alabama will compete at the Clemson Invitational next weekend in Clemson, South Carolina.