Alabama athletics are enjoying a great summer on the national and international stage

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – As the University of Alabama begins its new academic year this week, Crimson Tide’s athletics program is coming off an extraordinary summer nationally and internationally. Past and current members of the UA program have enjoyed great success at the United States World Championship Trials, World Championships and Commonwealth Games, among other summer competitions.

Over the summer, Kirani James won silver in the men’s 400 meters at the World Championships, giving him gold, silver and bronze in that event at the Worlds and the Olympics during his extraordinary career. . Champion Allison won World Championship gold as part of Team USA‘s 4×400 meters relay, while Remona Burchell won World Championship silver as part of Jamaica’s 4×100 meters relay contingent .

Jereem Richards, who finished in the final at the World Championships, won double Commonwealth Games gold, taking top honors in the 200 meters with a Commonwealth Games record and leading Trinidad and Tobago to gold in the 4×400 meter relay. Natasha McDonald also won relay gold at the Commonwealth Games, leading Canada to top honors in the women’s 4×400 meters relay. Burchell also picked up a bronze medal as part of the Jamaican relay quartet.

The Tide also saw a trio of alumni win US Championship titles, including Quanesha Burks (long jump), Daniel Haugh (hammer throw) and Shelby McEwen (high jump). Two others, Tamara Clark (200 meters) and Allison (400 meters) won silver medals and joined Burks, Haughs and McEwen on Team USA’s world championship squad.

In the distant kingdom, Eliud Kipsang ran in 3:36.69 to take sixth place in the men’s 1,500 meters at the 2022 Kenya Trials.

2022 World Championships Alabama

  • The Crimson Tide saw 14 student-athletes past and present earn a spot at the 2022 World Championships, held in Eugene, Ore.
  • Kirani James (Grenada) won silver in the 400 meters with a time of 44.48
  • Champion Allison anchored Team USA’s gold medal-winning 4×400-meter relay which ran in 2:56.17 for the victory
  • Remona Burchell ran the third leg of Jamaica’s 4×100 meters relay preliminaries, winning a silver medal after the country took second place in the final
  • Quanesha Burks (USA) jumped 6.88 meters to finish fourth in the women’s long jump final, just one centimeter from the bronze medal
  • Shelby McEwen (USA) jumped 2.30 meters in the final to take fifth place in the men’s high jump
  • After anchoring Canada’s 4×400 meters relay, which ran in 3:28.49 to qualify for the final, Natasha McDonald led the Canadian quartet who ran in 3:25.18 to take fourth place in the final.
  • Allison (USA) qualified for the men’s 400 meters final, where he ran in 44.77 to take fourth place
  • Jereem Richards led Trinidad and Tobago to a place in the 4×400 meters relay final with a time of 3:02.75, before returning to the final to lead his team to a fifth-place finish with a time of 3:00.03
  • Tamara Clark (USA) qualified for the women’s 200 meters final, where she finished sixth with a time of 22.32
  • Richards (Trinidad and Tobago) earned a spot in the men’s 200 meters final, where he ran a 20.08 to take sixth place in the world
  • Daniel Haugh (USA) finished second in the men’s hammer throw preliminaries with a throw of 79.34 meters, advancing him to the final, where he took eighth place with a throw of 78.10 meters
  • Tarshish Orogotthe first Ugandan man in history to run the 200 meters at the World Championships, advanced to the semi-finals where he ran a 20.35 to take 13th place overall
  • Olivia Fotopoulou finished in the top 30 in the women’s 200 meters, clocking 23.25, taking 27th place overall.
  • McDonald (Canada) finished in the top 30 in the women’s 400 meters, finishing 28th with a time of 52.41
  • Portious Warren (Trinidad and Tobago) finished 25th in the women’s shot put with a best throw of 16.65 meters

Alabama at the Commonwealth Games

  • The Crimson Tide saw six alumni go head-to-head at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, held in Birmingham, England
  • Jereem Richards (Trinidad and Tobago), double gold medalist, leading the TTO 4×400 meters relay in a winning time of 3:01.29 from the anchor and winning gold in the 200 meters with a record Commonwealth Games 19.80, the only runner under 20.0 seconds
  • Natasha McDonald (Canada) won gold in Canada’s 4×400 meters relay, running the first leg to lead the foursome at 3:25.84, finishing a second ahead of the field, while also funding the women’s 200 meters , finishing seventh in an hour of 23.21
  • Remona Burchell (Jamaica) won a bronze medal in the Jamaican 4×100 meters relay, running the third leg of the quartet which posted a 43.08, while earning a place in the semi-finals with a time of 11 .46, and finishing 17th overall in the semi-finals with a time of 11.48
  • Alex Amankwa (Ghana) finished seventh in the men’s 800 meters final with a time of 1:48.95 after finishing third in his preliminaries with a time of 1:48.26
  • Flippa Fotopoulou (Cyprus) secured a place in the women’s long jump final, taking eighth place with a jump of 6.47 meters
  • Mauricia Prieto (Trinidad and Tobago) finished as part of the TTO 4×100 meters relay, running the third run for the sixth-place team who clocked 43.86, while also taking 12th overall in 200m semi-final in a time of 23.58

The Crimson Tide at the United States World Championship Trials

  • A great week at the United States Track and Field Championships saw five Alabama Track and Field alumni earn a spot at the 2022 World Championships in Track and Field
  • Crimson Tide graduates Quanesha Burks, Shelby McEwen, Daniel Haugh, Tamara Clark and Champion Allison all punched their ticket to represent Team USA at the USA Championships, also held in Eugene at Hayward Field
  • Tokyo Olympians Quanesha Burks, Shelby McEwen and Daniel Haugh all won individual titles to qualify for the world championships
  • Burks won the long jump with a leap of 7.06 meters in her first attempt to make her the only woman over seven meters at the championships
  • McEwen was the only athlete to clear 2.33 meters in Eugene, earning him the U.S. high jump title and a berth at Worlds.
  • Haugh clocked a personal best 80.18 meters in the hammer throw to earn his spot on Team USA, making him the only athlete in the competition over 79 meters.
  • In addition to the three Tide champions, Tamara Clark and champion Allison have both won silver medals at the US Championships.
  • Clark finished second in the 200 meters with a PR of 21.92 to clinch his ticket to Worlds, and fifth in the 100 meters with a PR of 10.88
  • Allison took second place in the 400 meters with a personal best 43.70 to come back to Eugene

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