The Alabama women’s track and field team wrapped up a full day of competition with good results in Oxford at the Ole Miss Invitational and completed the Texas Relays as well on Saturday.
Despite having to deal with cold and very windy conditions at Ole Miss, Alabama head coach Sandy Fowler was pleased with her team’s performance.
“Overall with the conditions we had to deal with, we did great,” Fowler said. “Competitive wise it was a good meet. Overall I’m pleased. If they can do it with these conditions they will do great when the weather improves for us.”
The Tide’s distance runners led the way in Oxford. Julia Hicks finished second in the 1,500m with a time of 4:37.75. Elizabeth Wancowicz finished sixth in the event with a time of 4:46.66. Megan Carnes added a second place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase, running the event in 11:03.18.
In the 800m, Wancowicz won her section of the event with a time of 2:15.31 to finish in fourth place overall. Jennifer Gray came in eleventh place, running the race in 2:18.71.
Alabama’s throwers had good finishes as well. In the hammer throw, Beth Mallory finished in second place with a season best throw of 201’11”. Aymara Albury finished fourth with a mark of 184’11”.
Albury and Mallory also had regional qualifying marks in the shot put, finishing fourth and sixth with throws of 48’11” and 47’6.5”, respectively. Mallory also took second in the discus with a throw of 171’2”.
In the hurdles, LaTasha Pharr won first place in the 100m hurdles with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 13.54. Rachel Wilson finished fourth in the event with a time of 14.23. Wilson also placed fifth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:03.42.
“Tasha did well,” Fowler said. “Technically she looked sound as well which was one of the things she was worried about, but I think she felt good about it too. That’s the way she needs to be.”
Lynda Cooper added a third place finish for the Tide in the pole vault, clearing 10’6”.
In Austin, the Tide had a light day on the final afternoon of competition at the Texas Relays. Tahesia Harrigan finished fourth in the 100m dash with a season best 11.37 and in the 400m hurdles invitational, Kou Luogon took second place with a time of 1:00.84.
The Tide will travel to El Paso, Texas next weekend to compete in the UTEP Invitational.