Tide Track and Field results

Alabama freshman Beth Mallory and sprinter Judyth Kitson both earned All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships <br><br>Men's sprinter LaTonel Williams finished in sixth place in the 200-meters.

Mallory took sixth place in the discus with a throw of 171 feet and seven inches.

Mallory's throw in the finals was more than two-feet better than her preliminary effort. The Ashland, Ohio native is the fourth Alabama athlete to earn All-American honors in the discus and the second Tide thrower to do so under head coach Sandy Fowler's auspices. Safiya Ingram was the last Alabama athlete to earn All-American in the discus, doing so in 2000. Pia Iacova ('82, '83, '84) and Kelly Landry ('85) are the other two Tide athletes to earn the honor.

Mallory's career best mark of 177-05, which came at the SEC 5 Way meet earlier this season, stands third all-time for the Crimson Tide behind Iacova (192-01 in 1983) and Ingram (183-09).

Alabama sprinter Judyth Kitson closed out her Crimson Tide career in fine fashion, earning All-American honors in the 100m dash at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held on the Sacramento State campus this week. The Tide's third competitor at this meet, sophomore Tasha Pharr, advanced to semi-finals of the 100m hurdles before taking 14th in the semis with a 13.54, just shy of finaling.

Kitson ran an 11.50, good for seventh place, in the final of the 100. She is the first Alabama athlete to earn All-American honors in the 100m dash since Faith Idehen in 1994. Kitson enjoyed an outstanding senior season, shaving a quarter of a second off her career best 100m time.

Kitson and freshman Beth Mallory, who earned All-American honors in the discus earlier in the week, accounted for 5 points, good for 43rd place.

On the men's side, Alabama's All-American sprinter, LaTonel Williams, finished in sixth place with his second fastest time of the season in the men's 200-meter dash at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California.

Williams posted a time of 20.78 seconds in the final round of the 200, which was .31 of a second behind the champion, Leo Bookman of the University of Kansas. Williams' time of 20.78 was just .02 of a second slower than his best time of the season which was posted in the semifinals. Williams also competed in the men's 100-meter dash and advanced to the semifinals, but his time of 10.51 could not propel him into the finals.

Williams, an All-American last year in the men's 400-meter relay, has received the honor again this year in the 200.

Alabama finished tied for 57th with eight other teams in the championships, while Arkansas went on to take the overall title.

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