June 9, 2014
USCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama throws coach Doug Reynolds was named the South Region Assistant Coach of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday. Winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches.
“We are extremely excited for Doug to win this award,” Alabama head coach Dan Waters said. “He has jumpstarted a remarkable turnaround of our throws program, and he’s done an unbelievable job of creating a winning culture in his group. This award is well-deserved.”
In his third season as the throws coach at Alabama, Reynolds coached five athletes (four men, one woman) who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week in Eugene, Oregon, including a pair of throwers who finished runner-up at the SEC Outdoor Championships.
Redshirt freshman Hayden Reed placed second in the discus at the conference meet with a mark of 63.74 meters (209 feet, 1 inch), which ranks No. 8 in the nation, No. 1 by freshman and No. 2 in school history. The Texas native followed that with a fifth-place finish and a mark of 61.56 meters (202 feet) at the NCAA East Preliminary. Reed accumulated seven event wins on the year (four discus titles, three shot put titles).
Sophomore Elias Hakansson and junior Charodd Richardson finished second and sixth, respectively in the hammer throw, at SECs. Hakansson is ranked fifth nationally with a school record hammer throw of 71.38m (234-2). Hakansson is seeded ninth going into at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while Richardson enters the event seeded 14th overall. Seeding is based on finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships. Prior to the SEC Championships, Richardson set a personal record in the hammer throw in five consecutive meets.
In the shot put, redshirt freshman Kyle Felpel is the No. 2-ranked freshman nationally. His personal record of 19.06 meters (62 feet, 6.5 inches), set at the NCAA East Preliminary on May 29, ranks No. 3 in school history.
On the women’s side, junior Nia Barnes is seeded sixth in the hammer throw competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, after uncorking a personal best of 62.10 meters (203 feet, 9 inches) at the NCAA East Preliminary. Barnes placed third in the hammer throw at the SEC Championships.
Reynolds’ group, along with the rest of the Alabama contingent, arrived in Eugene, Oregon, site of the NCAA Outdoor Championships, on Sunday and will begin competition Wednesday with women’s hammer throw.