On Fast Track

The Alabama indoor track and field teams–the women of Coach Sandy Fowler and the men of Coach Harvey Glance–are both ranked among the nation's best this week.

The Alabama women's track and field team is up to 13th in the newest Trackwire Top 25 and 14th in the U.S. Track Coaches Association poll released Monday.

The Trackwire Dandy Dozen also featured four Crimson Tide performers. Tahesia Harrigan is ranked fourth in the 60-meter dash. Beau Walker ranks fifth in the 60 meter hurdles. Aymara Albury is 10th in the shot put and the Tide's 4x400m relay squad is ranked third.

Alabama is coming off a tremendous weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Harrigan led the way for the Tide in New York, breaking the school record in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.19 seconds. The previous mark had stood since the 1988 season. In addition, Harrigan broke the Virgin Islands national record for the 60m dash with her time.

Walker took top honors for Alabama in the 60m hurdles, winning the finals in Madison Square Garden as part of the collegiate races featured during the Milrose Games.

For the first time since the 2003 season, the Alabama men's track and field team has entered the Trackwire Indoor Top 25. The Crimson Tide is ranked in a tie for 19th along with Baylor, Texas Tech and Indiana. Alabama was last ranked in the Trackwire Indoor poll March 10, 2003 just before the NCAA Championships.

"It shows the kind of team that we have," Alabama head coach Harvey Glance said. "We knew we had potential to be good, but it's nice to see it in black and white. I'm really excited about entering the top 25. It's good to be back."

The Tide enters the poll following a successful showing at last weekend's Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The Tide posted nine NCAA qualifying marks. The Tide has now provisionally qualified for the season in the 60m, 60m hurdles, 200m, 400m, 800m, 5,000m, long jump and heptathlon.

"We have worked tremendously hard. Our chemistry is pretty high. We are represented in the NCAA meet in all three areas—the sprints, distances and field events. That shows the versatility of our team. It's always good to go compete when you can expect to see some good things from all over."

Both the Alabama men's and women's teams travel to Ames, Iowa to compete in the Iowa State Invitational beginning Friday night.


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