Tide Track & Field Has 14 All-Americas

There is no better way to earn All-America in track and field than to win an individual national championship. The Alabama track and field team had one man and one woman who took first places in their events at last week's NCAA Track & Field Championships to lead a Crimson Tide contingent on the honor squad.

A total of 14 members of the Alabama track and field team – eight men and six women -- earned All-America honors for their performances during the 2014 outdoor season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced.

Leading the way for the men was freshman discus thrower Hayden Reed, while the women were paced by junior sprinter Remona Burchell.

First team All-America honors were awarded to those who finished among the top eight in an individual or relay event, second team All-America honors went to those who finished between ninth and 16th and honorable mention honors were given to those that finished between 17th and 24th .

"I am very proud of our All-American honorees," Coach Dan Waters said. "As we continue to work toward building a complete team, having student-athletes earn All-America in the sprints, jumps, and throws is a sign we're making substantial progress."

The Crimson Tide's All-American contingent powered the men's team to a 15th place finish and the women to an 18th place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. It marks the first time that both teams finished among the top 20 in the same year since 2000.

"Our success this year is a testament to the hard work of our athletes and staff, and it's another step forward for our program," Waters said.

Burchell was a two-time All-America, picking up first-team honors for her victory in the 100 meters and a sixth-place finish on the women's 4x100-meter relay. Senior Sarah Thomas, junior Dominique Kimpel and freshman Quanesha Burks also earned first-team status as part of the women's 4x100-meter relay team. Senior Yanique Malcolm (800 meters) and freshman Lakan Taylor (pole vault) earned second-team All-America honors.

On the men's side, Reed earned first-team All-America after winning the men's discus title, becoming just the second freshman in NCAA history to win the discus event at the NCAA outdoor championships.

Sophomore Justin Fondren also earned first-team All-America with a fifth-place finish in the high jump. Joining Reed and Fondren as men's first-team All-America are the four members of the Tide's 4x100-meter relay team—seniors Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes, and Alex Sanders, and sophomore Dwight Davis.

Junior Charodd Richardson (hammer throw) and redshirt freshman Kyle Felpel (shot put) earned second-team.

In addition to the 14 first and second team All-Americas, five more Alabama student athletes – three men and two women – were honorable mention. Junior Alex Amankwah (800 meters), sophomore Imani Brown (triple jump), and Josh McCullan (long jump) were named on the men's list, while junior Nia Barnes (hammer throw) and freshman Quanesha Burks (long jump) were women named honorable mention.

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