Football Signee Can Help Two Ways

It was little more than a footnote in the announcements of Tony Brown committing to Alabama and then entering The University for the spring semester, but a full reading of his talents shows the possibility of a double domino effect for Crimson Tide teams.

The attention on Tony Brown and his late commitment to Coach Nick Saban's Alabama football team naturally centered on his football talents. He is a five-star cornerback prospect.

Bama also is strongly in the hunt for another five-star cornerback prospect, Marlon Humphrey, the son of former Crimson Tide great Bobby Humphrey.

In addition to their football prowess, both are outstanding track performers. And so, when Alabama Track and Field Coach Dan Waters announced three additions to his squad for the spring semester – and one of them was Tony Brown – it was obvious that the commitment Bama has made to that program is paying dividends. Humphrey is an Olympic hopeful who surely is taking the opportunities in track into consideration. The University recently completed a renovation of the Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium, but it is coaching and athletes that make for success.

With the start of classes at The University Wednesday, Brown was announced with seven other football additions as having entered Alabama. There was also an announcement from track and field that included Brown as one of three new additions to the team. In addition to Brown, Waters announced that Dominique Kimpel and Jacopo Lahbi were new track additions enrolled for the spring semester and ready to begin competition. Bama's indoor track and field season begins Jan. 18 at the Auburn Invitational.

Here is the track and field announcement on Tony Brown and the other additions:

Tony Brown II

Beaumont, Texas (Ozen)


Graduated from Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, in December ... will compete in both football and track for the Crimson Tide ... the 2013 Texas Class 4A state champion in the 110-meter hurdles (13.40) ... has run a wind-aided personal best of 10.37 at 100 meters and has been clocked at 10.53 wind-legal in the 100 ... placed second in the 100 (10.53) at the 2013 Texas Class 4A state meet ... has a personal best of 7.76 in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, the fastest time in the nation in 2013 ... ran a PR of 13.38 in the 110 hurdles at the 2013 Texas Relays, the top time in the US last year ... won the 110 hurdles at the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympics (13.88) and the USATF Junior Nationals (13.69) ... represented the United States as a member of the 2013 US team at the Pan-American Junior Championships where he finished second in the 110-meter high hurdles (13.47) ... a highly-recruited football player as a defensive back ... was considered one of the top overall football prospects in the state of Texas for the 2014 recruiting class and was generally rated among the top 100 prospects nationally ... his sister, Bealoved, will compete in track at LSU ... another sister, Sojourner, is a track student-athlete at Rice University ... son of Tony Brown and Tammy Walker-Brown ... both of his parents were student-athletes at Texas Tech ... born July 13, 1995.

Dominique Kimpel

Kankakee, Ill. (Kankakee/Iowa Central CC)


Classified as a junior at Alabama ... helped Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) to a second-place team finish at the 2013 NJCAA Outdoor National Championships ... the 2013 NJCAA national champion at 200 meters in a time of 23.28, edging Alabama teammate Remona Burchell of Butler County CC (23.43) ... placed second to Burchell in the 100 meters in 11.44 ... ran the third leg of ICCC's winning 4x400-meter relay team that finished in 3:39.94 ... won the University/College 100 meters at the 2013 Drake Relays (11.55) ... ran the second leg on ICCC's second-place 4x400 relay at the 2013 Drake Relays (3:40.48) ... helped ICCC to a second-place team finish at the 2013 NJCAA Indoor Championships with a third-place finish in the 200 meters (24.13) and a fifth-place showing in the 55-meter dash (7.02) ... as a freshman, she placed fourth in the 100 at the 2012 NJCAA Outdoor Championships (11.56), was fifth in the 200 (24.44) and ran the third leg of ICCC's runner-up foursomes in the 4x100-meter relay (45.85) and the 4x400-meter relay (3:44.88) ... helped ICCC to the team national title at the 2012 NJCAA Indoor Championships where she posted third-place finishes in the 60-meter dash (7.43) and the 200 meters (24.66), in addition to running the second leg on ICCC's national champion 4x400-meter relay (3:51.56) ... has indoor personal bests of 6.91 at 55 meters, 7.37 at 60 meters and 24.13 at 200 meters ... has outdoor personal bests of 11.30 at 100 meters, 23.28 at 200 meters and 55.75 at 400 meters ... a five-time state champion as one of Illinois' top prep sprinters from 2009-11 … won the 2009 Illinois Class 2A titles in the 100 and 200 meters with times of 11.94 and 24.70, respectively... added two other medals in 2009 as a member of the eighth-place 4x100 and 4x200 relays ... defended her 100 and 200 titles as a junior in 2010 with a pair of record-setting times... set the Illinois State meet record in the 100 with a personal best of 11.76, the 25th-best all-time performance in the state ... moved to 16th on the 200-meter all-time performance list with her winning time of 24.08 ... added another state title as the anchor of the winning 4x100-meter relay and placed second in the 400 meters (55.75) … daughter of Peggy Woodward … born Feb. 6, 1993.

Jacopo Lahbi

Treviso, Italy

800 Meters

Classified as a freshman at Alabama ... one of the top junior 800-meter runners in Italy and Europe ... has extensive experience competing in international meets ... enters Alabama with a personal best in the 800 meters of 1:47.52 set in July, 2013 ... has a best time of 48.42 in the 400 meters and has run 51.12 in the indoor 400 ... competed as a member of Italy's national team at the 2012 IAAF Junior World Championships in Barcelona, Spain ... was a semi-finalist in the 800 at the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships in Finland ... son of Faouzi Lahbi and Valentina Girardi ... born June 1, 1993.

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