March 14, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Alabama senior All-American Remona Burchell blazed to her second NCAA 60-meter dash championship Saturday night in Fayetteville, Ark., posting a time of 7.12 seconds. With the win, she became Alabama’s first repeat NCAA individual champion.
“Remona continued an amazing senior season tonight with another championship, adding to her legacy as the fastest collegian in history at 60-meters,” UA head coach Dan Waters said.
Burchell, who set the collegiate record at 7.08 during last month’s Southeastern Conference Championships, bettered the rest of the field Saturday night by .09 of a second. USC’s Ky Westbrook clocked a 7.21 for second place while Jasmine Todd of Oregon was third at 7.22. Burchell’s 7.12 in finals marked the sixth-fastest 60-meter time in collegiate history and third-fastest in school history.
Sophomore Lakan Taylor also earned All-America honors on the championships’ final day, taking sixth in the pole vault by clearing a height of 14 feet, 1¼ inches.
“Lakan’s performance was another highlight for us,” Waters said. “She was resilient, coming back after a few missed attempts to take sixth place.”
On the men’s side of the meet, both Alex Amankwah and Jeremiah Green competed in event finals on the final day of the championships. Amankwah took sixth in the finals of the 800 meters with a time of 1:48.03, earning All-America honors. Green was ninth in the triple jump, leaping 52 feet, 2 inches on his second attempt.
The Crimson Tide women finished 17th in the team standings with 13 points, while the Tide men took 38th with five points. Arkansas won the women’s team title with 63 points while Oregon took the men’s crown with 74 points.
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SATURDAY’S EVENT SUMMARIES
WOMEN’S 60-METER DASH -FINALS
After finishing out of the top spot for the first time this season in the 60-meter race during Friday’s semifinals of the 60-meter dash, senior Remona Burchell blazed to her second consecutive NCAA 60 title with a time of 7.12 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in collegiate history. Burchell finished nearly a tenth of a second ahead of the field for the win. USC’s Ky Westbrook clocked a 7.21 for second place while Jasmine Todd of Oregon was third with a 7.22. Burchell’s time ranked as the sixth-fastest in collegiate history and gives her three of the 10 fastest times in collegiate history, including the collegiate record (7.08) and the fifth- (7.11) and sixth-fastest times (7.12).
WOMEN’S POLE VAULT – FINALS
Sophomore Lakan Taylor grabbed sixth place in the pole vault with the second-best clearance of her career, 14-feet, 1 ¼ inches (4.29m), earning All-America honors in the process. Taylor’s jump was one half inch off her season and career-best mark of 14-fee, 1¾ inches. Arkansas senior Sandi Morris won the pole vault with a leap of 15-1 followed in second by Duke’s Megan Clark (14-9) and Illinois’ Stephanie Richartz (14-7¼). Taylor cleared the first height, 13-5¼ on her first attempt and the second height of 13-9¼ on her third attempt. After clearing the third height of 14-1¼ on her second attempt, she missed three attempts at 14-3¼.
MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP – FINALS
Sophomore Jeremiah Green earned a spot in the finals of the triple jump, taking ninth overall with a leap of 52 feet, 2 inches (15.90m). Florida senior Marquis Dendy won the NCAA title with a jump of 57-0, while Eastern Michigan’s Donald Scott (55-3) and Louisville’s Ben Williams (54-2¾) took second and third, respectively. Green’s best jump, 52-2, came on his second attempt. He was over 50 feet on all four of his legal jumps and he fouled jumps three and six.
MEN’S 800-METER – FINAL
Junior Alex Amankwah shaved a hundredth of a second off his semifinals time, posting a 1:48.03, to take sixth place in the 800-meter final, earning All-American honors in the process. Iowa State’s Edward Kemboi won the NCAA title in 1:46.05 and was followed by Monmouth’s Dylan Capwell (1:46.70) and Akron’s Clayton Murphy (1:47.06) in second and third, respectively. The school record holder in the 800m with a 1:46.86 earlier this season, Amankwah’s time in the NCAA finals ranks fourth all time at Alabama. He also holds five of the 10 fastest 800-meter times in school history.
MEN’S HIGH JUMP – FINAL
Sixteen competitors went at it in the men’s high jump competition. Alabama junior Justin Fondren took 12th overall. Fondren’s best mark of the day was seven feet, 1/4-inch (2.15 meters). Texas Tech senior Jacorian Duffield won the NCAA title with a jump of 7-6 (2.29 m). Fondren cleared the first two heights, 6-10¾ and 7-0½, on his first attempt, but missed three attempts at 7-2½.
MEN’S 4X400-METER RELAY – FINAL
(Steven Gayle, Cameron Hudson,Quincy Smith, Alex Amankwah)
Steven Gayle, Cameron Hudson, Quincy Smith and Alex Amankwah finished fourth in the second heat of the 4×400-meter relay and 10th overall after posting a time of 3:08.75. Texas A&M’s quartet won the national title in 3:02.86 while Nebraska and Texas took second and third.
2015 NCAA Indoor Championships
Day 2 – Saturday, March 14, 2015
800 (Final) – 6. Alex Amankwah, 1:48.03
Triple Jump (Final) – 9. Jeremiah Green, 52-2 (15.90m)
High Jump (Final) – 12. Justin Fondren, 7-0½ (2.15m)
4×400-meter (Final) – 10. Alabama (Steven Gayle, Cameron Hudson, Quincy Smith, Alex Amankwah), 3:08.75
60 (Final) – 1. Remona Burchell, 7.12.
Pole Vault (Final) – 6. Lakan Taylor, 14-1¼ (4.29m)