Women's track at the NCAAs

The Alabama women's track and field team had an outstanding first day at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships, held on the Sacramento State campus this week.

The Crimson Tide brought three athletes to the championships and all three advanced on day one.

Freshman Beth Mallory, who came into the competition as the No. 15 seed in the discus, came out of day one at No. 5 going into finals.

The Alabama rookie won her flighty with a toss of 169 feet and four inches. Mallory earned the fifth seed with her second toss of the day. Mallory, the top finisher from the Southeastern Conference, will compete in the finals on Friday.

Sprinter Judyth Kitson continued what has been a spectacular senior season, qualifying sixth for the semi-finals of the 100m dash with an 11.61. Kitson was the second finisher, behind conference foe Muna Lee from LSU, out of the first heat in the prelims. Kitson came to Sacramento as the ninth seed.

Sophomore Tasha Pharr took the last spot in the 100m hurdles, posting a 13.60 in the prelims to grab the 18th spot in the semi-finals. Pharr will compete again Thursday for a shot at the finals.

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