Saturday, April 03, 2004
» Complete Results
By Chris Woodfin
Tuscaloosa, Ala.—Going into the Crimson Tide Classic, University of Alabama women’s head track and field coach Sandy Fowler wanted the event to be “low-key” to take the pressure off of her athletes so that her team could post great performances. Fowler got the results she hoped for.
“We are very pleased,” Fowler said. “We had some seasonal bests, personal bests and lots of NCAA regional qualifiers, which is what we wanted. You can’t ask for anything better.”
Alabama’s big day started early as Beth Mallory and Aymara Albury swept the top two spots in the hammer throw. Mallory recorded an NCAA regional qualifying mark with a throw of 57.72 meters to capture the event while Albury threw for a season best 52.48 meters to finish in second.
The Tide’s dominance in the throws continued in the shot put with Albury, Mallory and Chafree Bain. Albury just missed her career best but qualified for NCAA regionals with her throw of 50’ 7 Ľ” to take top honors followed by Mallory and Bain.
Mallory and Bain also collected regional qualifying marks in the discus. Mallory set a new career long with her throw of 184’1”. Bain easily outdistanced third place with a throw of 163’5”. Albury took fourth in the event.
“Our throwers were on today,” Fowler said. “I talked to them a lot about using a low key meet to better their performances and how that would better them in regards to where they were looking forward to being when it came to regionals and their confidence levels. And they did it, obviously they all did it.”
Tasha Pharr rounded out the field events by qualifying for NCAA regionals in the long jump with a personal best 5.97 meter leap.
Alabama’s runners also had a strong showing.
Beau Walker collected a pair of regional qualifying times in the 100 meter hurdles, (13.35 seconds) and the 400 meter hurdles (59.22 seconds) as well as setting personal bests in each event. Rachel Wilson took second in the 400 meter hurdles, just missing a qualifying mark with a time of 1:01.49 as well as finishing third in the 100 meter hurdles.
Other Tide athletes who were superlative in the running events were Virnetta Greene, who won the 800 meter run in 2:15.61 minutes, while Majik Reed (100m), Kou Luogon (200m) and Christy Fairly (400m) all took second in their respective events. Reed also added a third place finish in the 200 meter dash.
In the distance races, Tara Enebak captured the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10.33.30. Elizabeth Wancowicz took third in the 3,000 meter with a time of 10:47.34 as well as the 1,500 meter run. Blair Davis edged out Megan Carnes to win the 2000 meter steeplechase.
Alabama had a strong showing in both of the team events, easily winning the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 46.04 seconds while finishing a close second in the 4x400 meter relay.
The Tide returns to action next weekend, as they travel to Knoxville, Tennessee to participate in the Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee. The event begins Thursday, April 8 and concludes on Saturday April 10.