Friday, February 25, 2005
The Alabama women’s team goes into the 2005 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships held in Fayetteville, Ark. this weekend with two No. 1 seeds and a chance to move up in the conference standings.
Junior Beau Walker has led the league in the 60-meter hurdles for a majority of the season, posting a career best 8.20 two weeks ago in Fayetteville at the Tyson Invitational. She will face off against Erica Sigmont of Arkansas and Brooke Novak of Tennessee. Walker, from Aurora, Co. will also compete in the 200m dash and she will likely run a leg on the Tide’s 4x400m relay.
The Tide’s other top seed is junior LaTasha Pharr in the triple jump. Pharr has progressed through out the season before uncorking a season best 43 feet and one inch last weekend at the LSU Twilight invitational. Pharr tied for the longest triple jump at last season’s SEC Outdoor Championships, but finished second on the tie breaker. Her season best is a foot better than anyone else in the conference. The Salisbury, NC native will also compete in the long jump and the 60m hurdles, where she is seeded eighth coming into the weekend.
And while both Pharr and Walker and on the hunt for the school record in their respective specialties, junior Beth Mallory comes into the championships looking to improve on her school record and move up in the conference standings. Mallory, a native of Ashland, Ohio, broke her own record in the weight earlier this season with a toss of 64-10.50 in mid-January. Mallory is also looking to score in the shot put.
For both Pharr and Mallory, just one turn can make them champions.
“In the throws and the jumps, it only takes one really good effort to produce a PR (personal record) or even to win an event,” head coach Sandy Fowler said. “And I’m very pleased with the way that Beau has been competing this season. It should be an exciting championship for us.”
Sophomore Julia Hicks is among the contenders for points in the 3000m run and as part of the Tides’s distance medley relay while junior Kou Luogon is also among the league’s top triple jumpers.
Sophomore Kendall Clifford will get the Tide started Friday afternoon with the pentathlon while the rest of the Tide’s contingent starts the meet off with the 60m hurdles Saturday. The meet runs through Sunday.