Mallory Wins Second Consecutive SEC Discus Title



Saturday, May 14, 2005

Beth Mallory

Junior All-American Beth Mallory successfully defended her Southeastern Conference discus title here at the league track and field championship in Nashville, Tenn.

Mallory, who finished second in the discus at last year’s NCAA Championships, bettered her season best mark by more than five feet, posting a throw of 189 feet and seven inches. She stared the championship by setting a new school hammer record.

Alabama is currently in sixth place with 21 points. Arkansas leads the women’s race with 52.20 points, followed by Georgia with 46.20 points. The Crimson Tide is one point back of fifth place LSU. The championships conclude Sunday.

Sophomore Megan Carnes grabbed fifth place in the 3000m steeplechase by shattering her own school record. Carnes slashed 20 seconds off her school mark, finish with a 10:42.51, which qualifies her for the NCAA Regional Championships. Carnes is the first Alabama runner to go under 11 minutes in the event.

Junior Tahesia Harrigan ran an 11.37, tying her career best, in the prelims of the 100m dash and will be second going into tomorrow’s finals. She also scored in the long jump earlier in the day, taking eighth place with a leap of 19-10.75.

Junior Kou Luogon is fourth in the 400m dash coming out of the prelims, having run a season best 54.11.  Sophomore Julia Hicks qualified for the finals of the 1500m run, posting a 4:29.26, good for the seventh spot out of prelims.