Fayetteville, Ark The University of Alabama women’s track and field team sent two representatives to the NCAA Indoor National Championships today at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
“Qualifying for the national championship is why you compete,” head coach Sandy Fowler said. “For both of these ladies to get here is phenomenal.”
Aymara Albury qualified for the third consecutive year in the shot put for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The senior from Nassau, Bahamas closed out her collegiate career by throwing a distance of 47’06.50 on her first throw, which placed her in 16th at the NCAA Championships, Albury fouled on her next two attempts.
Senior Miruna Mataoanu competed in the high jump for her second consecutive year for the Tide, despite battling a knee injury all season long. Last season she earned All-American at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Mataoanu, a native of Bucharest, Romania, passed on the opening height of 5-8.75 and cleared a height of 5-10.75 on her second attempt. She attempted a height of six feet and missed that mark three times.
The Tide will open the outdoor season with the annual Alabama Relays on March 22 at the Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium.