April 21, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Two University of Alabama sophomores earned Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Week awards for their performance at the John Jacobs Invitational on Saturday, the SEC Office announced Tuesday. The Tide’s Quanesha Burks was named Women’s Co-Field Athlete of the Week for her record-setting mark in the long jump, and Hayden Reed earned Men’s Field Athlete of the Week for his season-best toss in the discus.
Burks set an Alabama school record in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, nine inches at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla. With the mark, Burks broke the previous school record of 21 feet, six and one-half inches set by Flora Hyacinth in 1987. The sophomore is currently the top ranking jumper in both the SEC and the NCAA in 2015.
The record-setting jump was just one of many impressive showings by Burk so far in 2015. Since the beginning of the outdoor season, Burks has claimed three of the top 5 marks in Alabama history. At the John Jacobs invite, the sophomore posted a mark of 21 feet, one and one-half inches before jumping the school record, a mark that now sits as the fourth-best jump in school history. In her season opener in the event at the Crimson Tide Invite, Burks jumped 21 feet, four inches, the third-best mark on the Tide all-time performance list.
Reed, an already decorated discus thrower, received the award thanks to a season-best toss of 199 feet, two inches, which won the event at the John Jacobs Invitational. That mark is the second-best in the SEC and the fifth-best in the NCAA in 2015. With the win on Saturday, Reed captured his third title of the year, winning the discus at both the Alabama Relays and the Border Clash.
The sophomore holds a personal best in the event of 209-1, set at the 2014 SEC championships. Reed earned the runner-up title at the conference meet with that mark before going on to win both the NCAA Championship and the USATF National Championship for the discus.
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