Tide Sprinter Co-Winner Of Track Honor

Alabama sprinter Remona Burchell has been named co-winner of this week's Division I National Athlete of the Week award by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Burchell shared this week's honor with Providence distance runner Emily Sisson. Both Burchell and Sisson broke collegiate records last weekend.

Alabama track and field athletes Remona Burchell and Alex Amankwah, plus one men’s relay team, have produced performances than rank among the top 10 in the world as of Tuesday in this week’s world indoor track performance lists according to All-Athletics.com.

Burchell, the 2014 NCAA indoor 60-meter champion and the 2014 NCAA outdoor 100-meter champion, dominated a world-class field in the 60 on Saturday on the campus of the University of Kentucky, winning the Southeastern Conference title in the event with a time of 7.08 seconds. That mark edged the old record of 7.09 set by Angela Williams of USC in 2001 and tied by Lakya Brookins of South Carolina in 2011. It is the second-fastest 60 run in the world this season behind a 7.05 by Murielle Ahoure of The Ivory Coast.

Dating back to her 7.11 last year at altitude to win the NCAA title in Albuquerque, N.M., Burchell now has two of the five fastest times in collegiate history. A native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Burchell has posted the five fastest 60-meter dash times in Alabama history and she owns 11 of the 13 fastest times on the Crimson Tide's all-time list.

Burchell will be looking to repeat as NCAA 60-meter dash champion at the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held on Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. The women's 60-meter dash semi-finals are slated to run on Friday, March 13, beginning at 7:25 p.m. Central Time (CT). The final of the women's 60 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. CT.

Providence's Sisson broke Kim Smith’s collegiate and Providence record in the 5,000 meters on Saturday at the Big East Conference Indoor Championships, running 15:12.22, a performance that placed Sisson at No. 3 all-time in U.S. indoor history.

The Alabama men’s track & field men’s remains No. 11 in this week’s edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Monday. The Tide women have the 27th-most points in the survey. The Tide men are ranked fifth in this week's South Region rankings while the Alabama women are No. 3 in the South Region team survey, up four spots from last week. The rankings represent the final rankings survey for the indoor season as the NCAA Indoor Championships are upcoming.

The national team rankings are compiled by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points.


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