Even running into the wind, Alabama track and field junior Remona Burchell raced away from the elite field here at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, to win the Crimson Tide's first women's NCAA 100-meter title.
"It was a good start," Burchell said. "I was ahead and just wanted to get to the finish line and stay ahead of the other girls. It was a tough competition and there were fast girls in the final, I was expecting everyone to be coming up from behind me, but I was able to stay in front."
Burchell overcame a strong headwind (3.4 meters per second) to clock a time of 11.25, well ahead of Texas sophomore Morolake Akinosun, who finished runner-up with a time of 11.33, and the rest of the field.
Burchell is the first Alabama woman to win an outdoor national title in any event since Beth Mallory won the discus title in 2005.
The Montego Bay, Jamaica, native adds the outdoor 100 meters title to her NCAA title in the 60 meters during indoor season, becoming the first Alabama sprinter to win indoor and outdoor titles in the same year.
Burchell has dropped almost three tenths of a second off her personal best in the 100 meters this year.
"I've been training hard, working on my block start and my technique and listening to what my coach has to say," Burchell said of her improvement this season.
Taking the headwind into consideration, Track Town USA calculated the adjustment to Burchell's winning time of 11.25, had there been no wind, to be a world-leading 10.96.
INFORMATION SOURCE: UA Athletics Dept.