Hakansson Breaks Hammer Throw Mark

Alabama athletes won seven individual events and one relay while setting one school record and posting several performances that rank among UA's all-time top 10 lists on Saturday at the Crimson Tide Invitational at the Sam Bailey Track Stadium in Tuscaloosa.



The Crimson Tide men placed second in the team standings with 117 points while the Alabama women were fourth with 80 in final standings. Nebraska men (149) & Penn State women (115.5) won team titles.

"We had a solid day overall," said Bama Coach Dan Waters. "We had some good individual performances and I was pleased with how we competed and produced today."

Freshman thrower Elias Hakansson broke the school record in the men's hammer throw for the second time in the 2013 season with a throw of 211 feet, 3 inches (64.39 meters) on the way to a victory in the event. Hakansson outdistanced Missouri's Brian Duncan (201-3/61.34m) and Missouri's Jacob Bullinger (197-3/60.12m) while Alabama's Charodd Richardson was fourth at 187-1 (57.03m). Charond Richardson of Alabama was seventh with a throw of 174-2 (53.09m).

Hakansson's record throw came on his second attempt of the competition. He compiled legal throws on all five attempts before passing on a sixth throw. All five of Hakansson's throws on Saturday exceeded 200 feet/62 meters and four of the five attempts were better than 210-0 (64.01m), the distance of Hakansson's previous school record set on March 22 at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa.

"He had a consistent series but we were hoping for even better distance, but you can never complain about a school record," said UA assistant coach Doug Reynolds, the Tide's throws coach.

In the women's 800 meters, Yanique Malcolm produced the third-best 800 performance in Alabama history as she won the race in 2:05.32. That exceptional outing bettered runner-up Alena Brooks of Minnesota (2:05.82) and Marta Klebe of Penn State (2:07.32).

Pole vaulter Alexis Paine continued her dominance in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 13-5 3/4 (4.10m) to win the event. That mark ranks third on the all-time UA list for the women's pole vault and she owns the three best marks in UA history after breaking her school record last week at Georgia Tech.

Paine's win continued the Tide women's assault on the all-time UA pole vault list. Autumn Conn's fourth-place finish in 12-2 1/2 ranks seventh on the all-time UA list while Reed Hancock and Anna Rawles both cleared 11-2 1/2 to join the list at 10th in UA history.

Alabama took a victory in the men's 4x100-meter relay with the fourth-best time in Crimson Tide history. The quartet of Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes, Dushane Farrier rounded the track in 39.17 seconds to defeat Nebraska (40.80) and Penn State (41.04).

Sprinter Diondre Batson won the men's 200 in 20.61, a time that ranks seventh on the all-time UA outdoor list. He beat veteran adidas sprinter Mookie Salaam (20.82), Mississippi State's Tavaris Tate (21.08) and Penn State's Aaron Nadolsky (21.45). Tide freshman James Harrington was fifth in 21.52.

Crimson Tide freshman Robbie Farnham-Rose continued an impressive start to his outdoor season with a victory in the men's 1,500 meters. Farnham-Rose, of Great Britain, finished in 3:47.55 well ahead of Matt Airola, who was running unattached and finished in 3:49.19. Nebraska's Trevor Vidlak was third in 3:49.37 with Penn State's Casimir Loxsom fourth in 3:49.67. Alabama's Austin Duckworth was seventh (3:57.52), Alabama's Gil Walton was eighth (3:58.3) and the Crimson Tide's Justin Ahalt was 12th in 4:09.53.

Alabama sprinters took the first two spots in the men's 100 with Akeem Haynes winning the race in 10.46 seconds while Alex Sanders was second in 10.58. Sarah Thomas was second in the women's 100 for Alabama in a time of 12.02, just .04 behind event winner Mara Weekes of Nebraska (11.98).

Krystle Schade won the women's high jump, her first victory of the outdoor season, clearing 5 feet, 10 3/4 inches (1.80m). to defeat Nebraska's Killanna Scanlan (5-7/1.70m) and Marusa Cernjul (5-7/1.70m).

Justin Fondren matched the winning height in the men's high jump, clearing 7 feet, 1/4 of an inch (2.14m) but finished second to Penn State's Sean Reilly on misses.

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