Alabama Sophomore Wins 400m Dash at Drake Relays

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Christy Fairley

At one of the most prestigious collegiate track and field meets in the nation, Alabama sophomore Christy Fairley had a break out performance in the 400m dash.

Fairley earned the gold medal in the 400m with a time of 54.84, bettering Georgia’s senior Traci Boyd by more than a tenth of a second. Earlier this season Fairley, a native of Lucedale, Miss. ran a season best 54.62 at the Alabama Relays.

“That was a tremendous race for Christy,” Alabama head coach Sandy Fowler. “She has been having an outstanding season to this point and I think that race is indicative of what she is capable of doing.”

Fairley wasn’t the only Tide athlete to shine at Drake, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious track and field meets. Senior Judyth Kitson took second in the 100m dash with a time of 11.68. Kitson also took second in the 200m dash with a time of 23.75.

Sophomore Tasha Pharr finished fifth in the finals of the 100m hurdles with a 11.68. She won her heat in the prelims with a time of 13.75. Pharr also posted a top-10 finish in the triple jump, going 41 feet and one inch.

Freshman Beth Mallory was second in the discus with a throw of 166-02. Junior Natalie Kinion took third in the shot put with a toss of 48-0.75 while Mallory was fourth with a 47-09 effort.

Sophomore Jihan Trone ran a season best 11.89 in the preliminaries of the 100m dash

The sprint medley relay of Trone and freshmen Tissilli Rogers, Erica Edwards and Nichole Abrams shaved four seconds off the Tide's season best mark, going 4:00.39 and finishing ninth.

Alabama returns to action May 3 at the LSU Invitational.