June 16, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana –
A total of 14 members of the Alabama track and field team earned All-America honors for their performances during the 2014 outdoor season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday, including eight men and six women.
“I am very proud of our All-American honorees,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “As we continue to work toward building a complete team, having student-athletes earn All-Americans in the sprints, jumps and throws is a sign we’re making substantial progress.”
The Crimson Tide’s All-American contingent powered the men’s team to a 15th place finish and the women to an 18th place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. It marks the first time that both teams finished among the top 20 in the same year since 2000.
“Our success this year is a testament to the hard work of our athletes and staff, and it’s another step forward for our program,” Waters said.
Junior Remona Burchell was a two-time All-American, picking up first-team honors for her victory in the 100 meters and a sixth-place finish on the women’s 4×100-meter relay. Senior Sarah Thomas, junior Dominique Kimpel and freshman Quanesha Burks also garnered first-team status as part of the women’s 4×100-meter relay team. Senior Yanique Malcolm (800 meters) and freshman Lakan Taylor (pole vault) earned second-team All-America honors.
On the men’s side, redshirt freshman Hayden Reed earned first-team All-America honors after winning the men’s discus title, becoming just the second freshman in NCAA history to win the discus event at the NCAA outdoor championships.
Sophomore Justin Fondren also earned first-team All-American status with a fifth-place finish in the high jump over the weekend. Joining Reed and Fondren on the men’s first-team All-America list are the four members of the Tide’s 4×100-meter relay team–seniors Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes and Alex Sanders and sophomore Dwight Davis.
Junior Charodd Richardson (hammer throw) and redshirt freshman Kyle Felpel (shot put) earned second-team All-America honors.
In addition to the 14 first and second team All-Americans, five more Alabama student athletes – three men and two women – earned USTFCCCA Honorable Mention honors. Junior Alex Amankwah (800 meters), sophomore Imani Brown (triple jump) and Josh McCullan (long jump) were named on the men’s honorable mention list, while junior Nia Barnes (hammer throw) and freshman Quanesha Burks (long jump) received honorable-mention honors on the women’s side of the slate.
First team All-America honors were awarded to those who finished among the top eight in an individual or relay event, second team All-America honors went to those who finished between ninth and 16th and honorable mention honors were given to those that finished between 17th and 24th .
Alabama Track and Field’s 2014 Outdoor All-Americans
Hayden Reed, Discus
Justin Fondren, High Jump
Diondre Batson, 4×100 Relay
Dwight Davis, 4×100 Relay
Akeem Haynes, 4×100 Relay
Alex Sanders, 4×100 Relay
Kyle Felpel, Shot Put
Charodd Richardson, Hammer Throw
Alex Amankwah, 800 Meters
Imani Brown, Triple Jump
Josh McCullan, Long Jump
Remona Burchell, 100 Meters
Remona Burchell, 4×100 Relay
Quanesha Burks, 4×100 Relay
Dominique Kimpel, 4×100 Relay
Sarah Thomas, 4×100 Relay
Yanique Malcolm, 800 Meters
Lakan Taylor, Pole Vault
Nia Barnes, Hammer Throw
Quanesha Burks, Long Jump