Bama track and field sends 11 to NCAA championshipsBy Caroline Gazzara | 03/11/2015 10:46pm
Junior Cam Hudson is one of 11 track and field athletes that will represent the University this weekend at the Indoor National Championships. UA Athletics
Nine men and two women will compete this weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
“First off, I’m proud of our student-athletes and the way they’ve competed this year,” coach Dan Waters said. “To get 11 athletes in the meet is a major accomplishment. We have the fourth-most male athletes in the event of any school in the nation, plus we have athletes qualified in multiple facets of the meet – sprints, relays, middle distance and jumps. That shows how far we’ve come as a program. We have quality across the spectrum of events, which means we are becoming a well-rounded program on a nationally competitive basis.”
On the men’s side, senior Matt Airola, senior Alex Amankwah, sophomore Robbie Farnham-Rose, junior Justin Fondren, junior Steven Gayle, sophomore Jeremiah Green, junior Cam Hudson, freshman Marlon Humphrey and sophomore Jacopo Lahbi will compete in events.
Hudson, Farnham-Rose, Gayle and Amankwah will each compete in multiple events. Hudson will compete in three events: the men’s 60 meters, long jump and the 4x400 relay.
“Cam [Hudson] has really competed at a high level all season long for us,” Waters said. “He’s a remarkable athlete.”
Hudson, a transfer student from East Carolina University, has not been to the NCAA Indoor Championships during his collegiate career. He competed for the Pirates in the Outdoor Nationals last season.
“It’s a great experience,” Hudson said. “It’s more of an honor mostly to represent [Alabama] at Indoor Nationals.”
Senior Remona Burchell and sophomore Lakan Taylor represent the women.
Burchell was named the top collegiate 60 meter sprinter and is the collegiate record holder. Burchell will only compete in the 60 meter dash. Taylor will be Alabama’s lone pole vaulter.
“I wasn’t able to go last year, so this is my first year competing in Indoor Nationals,” Taylor said. “It’s going to be a very interesting meet, there’s a lot of great jumpers.”
The Indoor Nationals is the final event of the indoor season. After this weekend, the Crimson Tide will start competing outdoors.