Jan. 30, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Alabama men’s and women’s track & field teams wrapped up the Indiana Relays, hosted by Indiana University at the Gladstein Fieldhouse, by winning three events on Saturday.
“This was a challenging weekend for us in a few ways,” said head coach Dan Waters. “I think we responded well today. We continue to get great performances in the field events, which is encouraging. And Quanesha only gets better with each week.”
Senior Justin Fondren cleared 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) in the high jump to win the event, his best effort on the season. Sophomore Daniel Haugh claimed the weight throw title with his toss of 67-8 3/4 (20.64m). Junior Quanesha Burks was victorious in the 60 meters yet again, recording a time of 7.45. It was the fastest time run in either the prelims or the finals in the event.
Below is a closer look at Alabama’s performances on Saturday.
Men’s Event Summaries
High Jump – Senior Justin Fondren produced a season-best mark to win the high jump, clearing 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) without missing on an attempt.
Weight Throw – Sophomore Daniel Haugh and junior Elias Hakansson went 1-2 in the weight throw. Haugh won the event with a best throw of 67-8 3/4 (20.64m) and Hakansson was runner-up after his toss of 65-7 1/2 (20.00m).
60 Meters (Finals) – Freshman Matthew Likely was the Tide’s top finisher in the finals of the 60 meters, taking third place with a time of 6.92. Senior Tadashi Pinder (6.94) crossed the finish line just behind him for fifth, and Ahmed Ali (6.99) was sixth. Freshman Xavian Marks (7.03) finished eighth.
800 Meters – Junior Payton Ballard ran to a ninth-place finish in the 800 meters, recording a time of 1:54.43, which is less than a tenth of a second off his personal best in the event.
3,000 Meters – Junior Antibahs Kosgei continued to improve on his time in the 3,000 meters, claiming second place with a time of 8:13.39. Sophomore Josh Short was 11th, crossing the finish line in 8:36.89.
4×400 Relay – The team of freshman Matthew Likely, junior Jacopo Lahbi, freshman Isaac Trevino and senior Andrew Harris recorded a time of 3:13.38 to finish third in the 4×400 relay. That time was less than a second behind the winning team’s time of 3:12.83.
Women’s Event Summaries
Pole Vault – Senior Anna Reed and junior Lakan Taylor tied for sixth in the pole vault, each clearing 13-2 1/4 (4.02m) while missing on only one attempt. Junior Britainy Smith turned in a personal-best mark of 12-8 1/4 (3.87m) to finish 11th.
Weight Throw – Sophomore Haley Teel set a new personal best in the weight throw, recording a toss of 56-3 (17.14m) to place 14th in the event.
60 Meters (Finals) – Junior Quanesha Burks continued to impress in the 60 meters this season, claiming the event title with a time of 7.45. Sophomore Olivia Fotopoulou (7.58) was third and junior Vanessa Clerveaux (7.63) was fourth.
60-Meter Hurdles (Finals) – Clerveaux, running in her second final on the day, crossed the finish line second in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.49.
800 Meters – Senior Kimberley Ficenec led Alabama’s contingent in the 800 meters, running to a fourth-place finish thanks to a time of 2:12.00. Sophomore Veronica Lyle finished 10th, crossing the finish line in 2:15.32. Fellow sophomore Caroline Barlow (2:17.37), freshman Kaitlin Walker (2:17.86), sophomore Emily Edwards (2:19.01) and freshman Sarah Mohan (2:20.04) rounded out the time’s competitors.
Mile – Senior Meropi Panagiotou trimmed five seconds off her season-best time in the mile, placing third with a time of 4:50.74. Barlow took 12th, crossing the finish line in 5:02.91 and Lyle was right behind her with a time of 5:03.83. Edwards (5:10.20) and Mohan (5:18.68) were also in the field for Alabama.
3,000 Meters – Junior Allison Gregg took fifth in the 3,000 meters, recording a time of 10:07.83. Freshman Kaitlin York placed 10th thanks to her time of 10:22.46.
4×400 Relay – The team of junior Diamond Gause, sophomore Domonique Williams, freshman Katie Funcheon and freshman Janel Pate took third in the 4×400 relay, finishing in a time of 3:43.47. Junior Brianna Sims, sophomore Olivia Fotopoulou, freshman Kristyn Williams and senior Kimberley Ficenec placed sixth, crossing the finish line in 3:52.02.
Next up members of the men’s and women’s squad will head to Albuquerque to compete in the New Mexico Classic & Multis.
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Saturday, January 30, 2016
High Jump: 1. Justin Fondren, 7-1 3/4 (2.18m)
Weight Throw: 1. Daniel Haugh, 67-8 3/4 (20.64m); 2. Elias Hakansson, 65-7 1/2 (20.00m)
60 Meters (Finals): 3. Matthew Likely, 6.92; 5. Tadashi Pinder, 6.94; 6. Ahmed Ali, 6.99; 8. Xavian Marks, 7.03
60-Meter Hurdles: Angelo Goss, DNS
800 Meters: 9. Payton Ballard, 1:54.43
3,000 Meters: 2. Antibahs Kosgei, 8:13.39; 11. Josh Short, 8:36.89
4×400 Relay: 3. Alabama ‘A’, 3:13.38; Alabama ‘B’, DNS
Pole Vault: 6. Anna Reed, 13-2 1/4 (4.02m); 6. Lakan Taylor, 13-2 1/4 (4.02m); 11. Britainy Smith, 12-8 1/4 (3.87m)
Weight Throw: 14. Haley Teel, 56-3 (17.14m)
60 Meters (Finals): 1. Quanesha Burks, 7.45; 3. Olivia Fotopoulou, 7.58; 4. Vanessa Clerveaux, 7.63
60-Meter Hurdles (Finals): 2. Vanessa Clerveaux, 8.49
800 Meters: 4. Kimberley Ficenec, 2:12.00; 10. Veronica Lyle, 2:15.32; 16. Caroline Barlow, 2:17.37; 19. Kaitlin Walker, 2:17.86; 24. Emily Edwards, 2:19.01; 25. Sarah Mohan, 2:20.04; Meropi Panagiotou, DNS
Mile: 3. Meropi Panagiotou, 4:50.74; 12. Caroline Barlow, 5:02.91; 13. Veronica Lyle, 5:03.83; 16. Emily Edwards, 5:10.20; 22. Sarah Mohan, 5:18.68
3,000 Meters: 5. Allison Gregg, 10:07.83; 10. Kaitlin York, 10:22.46
4×400 Relay: 3. Alabama ‘A’, 3:43.47; 6. Alabama ‘B’, 3:52.02