FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The Alabama women’s track and field team got a nice preview to the SEC Championships by wrapping up the Tyson Invitational this weekend at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Alabama added to its provisional marks list and got invaluable experience on the surface the squad will compete on in two weeks.
“I think what was really good was to head into Fayetteville and compete in that facility,” head coach Sandy Fowler said. “It was great competition and the team competed well.”
The Tide added two provisional marks and lowered another at the prestigious Tyson Invite. Junior Betty Rotich eclipsed the provisional time in the 5000 meters with a fourth place finish of 16:40.17. Chelsea Taylor also dipped under the provisional mark with a time of 23.80 to finish fifth overall. Trish Bartholomew lowered her provisional time in the 400 meters with a time of 53.22.
Several personal bests were set this weekend on the Tyson surface. Freshman Haley Moody ran a personal best in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:12.83. Also in the distance events, Ashley Ard ran a career-best in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:28.26.
Two personal bests were set in the 60 meter hurdles. Rachel Robbs continued to drop time off with a finish of 9.34. Heather Matherson also hit a personal best with a time of 8.78. In the open 60 Kimberley Laing ran a career best 7.73.
Angelica Howard uncorked a personal best in the weight throw with a heave of 52-04.00. The 4x400 relay team just missed a provisional time with a finish of 3:41.73.
Alabama will take a week off after the meet to prepare for the SEC Championships. The meet is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 29 in Fayetteville, Ark.