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Bama women’s track & field set for SEC championships

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The University of Alabama women's track and field team is set to travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Randal Tyson Track Center Feb. 25-27.

"I think it's going to be a huge meet," head coach Sandy Fowler said. "We're a fairly young team and what I'm looking forward to is seeing how our freshmen and sophomores start to get in the mix with other SEC athletes. They were recruited here and brought here to compete at this level and now we get to see how they step it up and actually compete in that type of competition."

The Crimson Tide will be challenged by four SEC teams currently ranked in the top 25 led by LSU at No.2 with Arkansas at No. 4 followed by Tennessee at No. 6. Florida is ranked 21st while Auburn is 24th.

"I look at this meet as a mini-national meet and that being said, we'll kind of see who our players are, especially leading into the outdoor season," Fowler said.

The women are coming off a strong showing at the Texas A&M Challenge two weeks ago where they recorded nine top-10 finishes. Junior Amethyst Holmes won the weight throw competition with a personal-best mark of 65-4 while Krystle Schade continued her impressive season, jumping 5-10.5 to earn second in the high jump.

Schade's season-best of 5-11.5 is the second best high jump mark in the league this season while Holmes' personal best at the TAMU Challenge is the second longest throw in the league to date. Also in the throws, Wilamena Hopkins ranks third in the league in the weight throw at 50-8.25 heading in to the indoor championships. On the track, junior Kaylon Eppinger owns the fourth fastest time in the 60m hurdles in the SEC this season at 8.40.

The championship meet is slated to begin for the women on Friday at 1 p.m. (CST) with the pentathlon competition and will conclude with the 4x400m relay 4:15 p.m. Sunday evening.


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