Last Friday Burchell opened her 2015 outdoor season by running the 100 meters in 11.04 seconds while running into a strong headwind in Gainesville, Fla. That performance against a world-class field earned her the second-fastest wind-legal time in Alabama history. The defending NCAA outdoor 100-meter champion and a three-time NCAA sprint champion, Burchell was the first collegian and second overall finisher in the 100 at the Florida Relays.
The USTFCCCA described Burchell's performance in its announcement: "Michelle-Lee Ahye and Burchell ran the two fastest times in the world so far this year. Running 11.04 seconds for a collegiate leader is impressive; running it into a 2.5 meters per second headwind is downright scary. (Using admittedly imperfect wind/altitude calculators, Burchell’s time converts to 10.84 seconds, which would be the only sea-level sub-10.90 in college history). She also anchored Alabama’s seventh-place 4×100 in Gainesville."
Burchell and the Crimson Tide continue the outdoor season Friday at The Border Clash in Starkville, Miss.