Nineteen University of Alabama athletes traveled to Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday, where they will compete for the Crimson Tide in the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.Hosted by the University of Oregon, the championships will begin Wednesday at 4 p.m.
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The Alabama track and field team begins competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with competitors in the long jump and pole vault on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa. Five members of the Alabama track and field team arrived in Des Moines Monday with one thing in mind: leaving with national titles. “The athletes that have made it this far have done exactly what we’ve asked of them, which is learning to compete and get the job done,” head coach Dan Waters said.
With only two events left until the SEC Championships, the Alabama track and field team looks to continue to build up momentum toward the end of the season at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational this weekend. The event will serve as one last tune-up for many of the athletes on the team, as the only other event remaining, the Drake Relays, is mostly a relay and sprinter event.
Monday afternoon, the NCAA announced the names of all track and field athletes that qualified for the NCAA indoor championships. The Crimson Tide will be represented by three athletes that will compete in the meet held in Nampa, Idaho, this weekend: Krystle Schade, Kaylon Eppinger and Kamal Fuller. Head coach Dan Waters said the key to their success is consistency.