Tide Track Men Sixth In Nation

Albuquerque, N.M. – University of Alabama junior Remona Burchell became the first woman in school history to win an indoor national championship in the 60-meter dash, and the men's team earned its best finish since 2002 on Saturday, the final day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

"We're happy with our national champions, and we're really pleased with the way everyone performed," Alabama Coach Dan Waters said. "The rule of thumb is that nothing bad ever happens at the national championships, and that was certainly true for this one. There is really no better learning experience for our younger competitors than being here."

Burchell ran a record-setting 7.11 in the finals of the 60 meters, edging Kentucky's Dezerea Bryant (7.12) at the finish line and earning the first indoor title by an Alabama woman in any event since Flora Hyacinth won the triple jump in 1989. Burchell also became the sixth woman in school history to win an individual indoor national championship. Along with being a new school record, Burchell's time of 7.11 is the second-best collegiate time in history.

"Remona has continued to get better week in and week out." Waters said. "For her to be on this stage and run the race that she ran, it shows the type of competitor she is. We knew she had this potential when we signed her. For her to break the school record today, this was validation of her hard work, dedication and effort."

Burchell's title gave the program its second individual championship of the weekend after senior Diondre Batson won the men's 200-meter dash championship on Friday.

On Saturday, Batson took third place in the men's 60-meter dash final with a time of 6.58. Freshman Jeremiah Green earned first team All-America honors after finishing seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 51 feet, 10.5 inches.

Alabama's men racked up 20 points in the meet to tie Oklahoma State for sixth in the team standings, just ahead of Texas A&M and UTEP, who tied for eighth with 18 points. The sixth-place finish was the best by an Alabama men's team since 2002, when the Tide finished fourth, and it is the seventh men's top 10 finish at the indoor championships in school history.

"Tying for sixth shows that we are a complete team with many opportunities to score," said Waters. "We entered with the fifth-most opportunities to score and finished sixth. In terms of long-term development, it shows us that we are headed in the right direction."

Burchell picked up all 10 points for the Alabama women's team, propelling the Tide to a 19th-place finish and its first top 20 finish on the women's side since 1995.

Saturday's events marked the conclusion of the indoor season. Alabama will return to action next weekend when it kicks off the outdoor season by hosting the John Mitchell Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa.

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