Alabama Women's Track and Field to Host Crimson Tide Classic

Friday, April 02, 2004

Beth Mallory

By Chris Woodfin

After taking last weekend off, the University of Alabama women’s track and field returns to action Saturday, hosting Vanderbilt and St. John’s in the Crimson Classic at Sam Bailey Track Stadium.

Coming into the event following after capturing their second consecutive Alabama Relays title, women’s head track and field coach Sandy Fowler believes the competition will give the Tide women a chance to go out and relax and post good performances.

“It’s a very low key meet and by low key I mean that there is not as much pressure,” Fowler said.  “It gives our girls a chance to relax and take the pressure off.  There should be good performances across the board.  We are very excited about Vanderbilt and St. John’s coming in and I just told the girls to relax, that nobody knows (Sam Bailey Track) the way they do and to just go out and do their best and perform.  Of course we will still be looking for regional qualifying scores for the NCAA championships.”

Heading into the event, the Tide sprinters are led by Tasha Pharr.  Pharr’s performance at the Alabama Relays earned her SEC Track Athlete of the Week. The junior was victorious in the 100 meter hurdles and the triple jump, posting NCAA regional qualifying marks in both events.  The North Carolina native also anchored Alabama’s winning shuttle hurdle relay team.

Mallory leads the Tide in the field events.  The sophomore thrower is coming off a record performance at the Alabama Relays in which she destroyed the school, meet and track records in the hammer throw.  

The competition is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. with the hammer throw.  Running events will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the 4x100 meter relay.  The day will conclude at 3:20 p.m. with the running of the 4x400 meter relay.  There is no admission charge for the meet.