Feb. 1, 2016
NEW ORLEANS – After three weeks of competition, the Alabama men’s and women’s track and field teams again rank inside the top 20 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Team Computer Rankings. The men slid up one place to No. 16 this week and the women stayed at No. 15.
The Crimson Tide men continue to be paced by its jumpers and throwers. Senior Justin Fondren has consistently improved on his mark in the high jump, clearing 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) to move up to sixth in the nation in the event. Junior Jeremiah Green recorded a season-best leap of 52-0 (15.85m) to rank 17th in the triple jump, and senior Josh McCullan is 34th in the long jump with a mark of 24-7 (7.49m).
Sophomore thrower Daniel Haugh currently ranks as the 19th-best in the weight throw after his toss of 68-5 1/4 (20.86m). Just behind him is redshirt junior Elias Hakansson, whose throw of 65-8 1/4 (20.02m) is good enough for 32nd. Junior Kyle Felpel sits at 23rd on the national shot put list with his best effort of 60-2 1/2 (18.35m).
For the women, junior Quanesha Burks is still the only competitor in the long jump to record a leap in excess of 22 feet. She is also tied for 14th in the 60 meters with a best time of 7.33. Fellow junior Vanessa Clerveaux is 36th in the 60 meters, running a 7.42, and tied for 27th in the 60-meter hurdles thanks to her effort of 8.34.
Freshman Stacey Destin has been outstanding in the high jump, bumping her season-best up to 5-11 1/4 (1.81m) to tie for 15th on the national list. She is also tied for the best mark posted by a freshman in the event this season. Sophomore Filippa Fotopoulou is tied for 24th in the long jump following her jump of 20-2 1/4 (6.15m) at the Indiana Relays last weekend, while junior Lakan Taylor’s clearance of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m) is tied for 27th in the pole vault. Junior Haley Teel sits in 31st on the national shot put list after a throw of 51-7 3/4 (15.74m).
In this week’s Regional Team Index rankings, the men dropped to fifth while the women slid down to seventh. The Southeastern Conference was again rated as the toughest conference for both genders, with eight women’s teams and seven men’s squads residing in the top 25.
Alabama will send members of its men’s and women’s squads to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the New Mexico Classic & Multis Feb. 5-6.
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