A day after Alabama track and field junior Remona
Burchell won the NCAA 100-meter championship, she combined with senior Sarah
Thomas, freshman Quanesha Burks and junior Dominique Kimpel to take sixth place
on the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
"To get to this point is a blessing in itself," Thomas
said. "It was nerve wracking out there today, but we had a good time and had
fun. It was our last race of the season together. It was nice to score at the
national championships, and really we just took it as it came."
The quartet crossed the line in a time of 44.19. It
marked the first times since 2001 that the Crimson Tide made it to the national
finals in the 4x100 and Alabama's best finish since 1993 when the Tide was
In his second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance,
sophomore Imani Brown finished 20th in the triple jump with a leap
of 51 feet and .75 inches (15.56 meters).
A dropped baton cost the men's 4x100-meter relay of
senior Alex Sanders, sophomore Dwight Davis, senior Akeem Haynes and senior
Diondre Batson a chance at the national title.
An event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's performances Saturday:
Women's 4x100-meter relay: Alabama's quartet of
freshman Quanesha Burks, junior Remona Burchell, junior Dominique Kimpel, and
senior Sarah Thomas finished sixth in the women's 4x100-meter relay final with
a time of 44.19. Texas A&M won the event with a time of 42.80, the best by
a collegiate team this season.
Men's Triple Jump: Sophomore Imani Brown improved
on each of his three attempts in the men's triple jump, but his final mark of
15.56 meters (51 feet, ¾ inch) was not enough to advance him to the event
finals. Brown jumped 14.90 meters (48 feet, 10.75 inches) on his first attempt
and 15.14 meters (49 feet, 8.25 inches) on his second attempt.
Men's 4x100-meter relay: Alabama's team of senior
Alex Sanders, sophomore Dwight Davis, senior Akeem Haynes and senior Diondre
Batson did not finish the men's 4x100-meter relay after Davis and Haynes were
unable to connect on the second baton exchange. Florida won with a time of
NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Day 4
Saturday, June 14, 2014
University of Alabama
4x100-meter relay – DNF. Alabama (Alex Sanders, Dwight Davis, Akeem Haynes, Diondre Batson), DNF.
Triple Jump (w: + 2.3 m/s) – 20. Imani Brown, 15.56m (51-0.75)
4x100-meter relay – 6. Alabama (Quanesha Burks, Remona Burchell, Dominique Kimpel, Sarah Thomas), 44.19.
INFORMATION SOURCE: UA Athletics Dept.