Feb. 2, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama assistant women's track and field coaches Scott Roberts and Randy Hasenbank led the Crimson Tide through their 5th week of practice and the adidas Classic hosted by the University of Nebraska. The squad finished third in the meet with 78 points while head coach Sandy Fowler was in Glasgow, Scotland as the U.S. Head Coach of the women's track team at the Five Nations Match.
"This was our second meet of the year and we were focusing on trying to better some of the marks that we set at the first meet," Roberts said. "More importantly, we wanted to shake off a little rust because we had quite a break between our last two meets."
The Tide saw several women set personal bests this weekend. Talaya Owens ran over two seconds faster than she has in her career in the 400m (55.60) and Toni Graham ran a career best in the 200m (24.92). Capri Knox leaped almost one foot further than her previous best in the triple jump (39-08.50).
"I was especially proud of Capri," Roberts said. "She struggled in her first year with getting onto the board and she did a tremendous job this weekend of getting on the board five out of six times."
Kelsey Johnson and Sara Vaughn both set personal bests by over 20 seconds in the 3,000m running times of 9:46.01 and 9:55.01, respectively.
"Basically, we're pretty healthy," Roberts said. "Kimberley Laing kind of tweaked her hamstring a little in the 60m hurdle prelims which kept her out of the final, but we're hoping that she'll be able to recover quickly from that and be ready to go this weekend."
The ladies weren't particularly happy with every performance this past weekend, but are very confident their times and marks will only continue to get better. The Crimson Tide will have until March 6 to run, jump and throw their best marks in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships on March 13.
"We want to iron out some of the little kinks that we had at Nebraska," Roberts said. "With having competed last week, I think that we're going to be much, much sharper this week going into the Kentucky meet. It's a nice big track and we're hoping to improve on some of the marks that we've set in the first two weeks as we prepare for the SEC meet and beyond towards the end of the season."
Alabama will travel to Lexington, Ky. for the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet on Feb. 6.