TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Trish Bartholomew and Chealsea Taylor enter the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in good position to push for individual titles this weekend at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The two-day event will begin on Friday, March 14 at 9:45 a.m.
“Anyone ranked in the top 10 in this meet can come out a national champion,” head coach Sandy Fowler said. “It comes down to who wants it the most, technique and confidence, and I think Chealsea and Trish have what it takes to be successful this weekend.”
Bartholomew enters as the top 400 runner in the nation with a time of 52.10. The senior shattered the school record at the very same track two weeks ago at the SEC Indoor Championships.
“It is going to come down to how Trish approaches her event,” Fowler said. “She is very confident. In our team meeting I told her not to change anything because that is what got you in the lead. She ran a very smart, tactical race there a couple weeks ago and she needs to approach this meet the same way.”
Taylor enters Fayetteville with the sixth best mark in the high jump. The sophomore leaped 1.85 meters which trails the 1.90 jump of top-seeded Sharon Day from Cal Poly.
“Chealsea is a phenomenal athlete,” Fowler said. “She is in every way a national and soon to be international competitor.”
Alabama continued to stay in the USTFCCCA poll by checking in at No. 22. The last Alabama indoor national champion was Pauline Davis in the 200 meters in 1988.
A total of 568 participants will compete in the championships. Athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event.