Track & Field Team Commemorates 2013-14 Accomplishments … Airola, Stover, Reed and Ives named team captains for 2014-15 season.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama track & field team held a team banquet on Friday night commemorating its outstanding 2013-14 cross country/track & field season. Several athletes, included Jamaicans Remona Burchell and Yanique Malcolm were honoured.

According to the school’s release, the athletes distinguished themselves through performance, attitude, effort or community involvement during the 2013-14 academic and competitive year.

2014 Most Improved Female – Yanique Malcolm

For Yanique Malcolm, the 2014 season was a year in which all of her hard work began to produce impressive results. Due to the Jamaican’s total body of work and development over two years in the Alabama program, Malcolm earned the Most Improved Female Athlete Award for the 2014 track & field season. Malcolm, who entered Alabama in the fall of 2012 with a personal best time in the 800 meters of 2 minutes, 11 seconds, ended her Crimson Tide career as the indoor school record holder (2:03.97) and the 2014 SEC outdoor 800-meter champion (2:03.28). A three-time first-team all-SEC honoree, Malcolm earned second-team all-America honors at the 2014 indoor and outdoor championships.

2014 Outstanding Female Running Events Athlete – Remona Burchell

Everyone knows of the accomplishments of Remona Burchell during the 2014 season: the NCAA champion in the indoor 60-meter dash, the NCAA outdoor 100-meter champion, the school record in the indoor 60 (7.11), the school record in the outdoor 100 (11.03). In 2014, Burchell carved a niche in Alabama history as the only Crimson Tide sprinter to win NCAA titles both indoors and outdoors. But few know that she accomplished all of these while struggling with a painful sports hernia throughout the year, an injury that limited her ability to compete for much of the season. In spite of this, her accomplishments insure that Burchell already has earned her place among the top sprinters in collegiate history. The 2014 Outstanding Female Running Events Athlete, Burchell has put the Alabama women’s sprint program among the nationally elite.

“Our program hasn’t had a team banquet in a long time but our staff felt that the team deserved a chance to reflect on what a special year we had last season, along with providing one last opportunity for that particular group of student-athletes to gather as a team,” said head coach Dan Waters. “The 2013-14 year was a milestone season for our team in our third year as a combined program. We enjoyed more success as a complete team than at any time in our tenure here. Not only did we begin to realize the vision we set forth for our program when we started here, but we also raised the expectations for ourselves and our student-athletes by achieving as much as we did.”

The 2013-14 Alabama Track & Field/Cross Country award winners were recognized during the banquet:
2013 Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year – Matt Airola
2013 Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year – Katelyn Greenleaf
2014 Most Improved Male Athlete – Charodd Richardson
2014 Most Improved Female – Yanique Malcolm
2014 Outstanding Male Field Events Athlete – Hayden Reed
2014 Outstanding Male Running Events Athlete – Diondre Batson
2014 Outstanding Female Field Events Athlete – Alexis Paine
2014 Outstanding Female Running Events Athlete – Remona Burchell
2013–14 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year – Joe Williams
2013–14 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year – Nia Barnes
2013–14 Study Hall Champion – Alex Amankwah
2014 Male Freshman of the Year – Jeremiah Green
2014 Female Freshman of the Year – Quanesha Burks
2014–15 Men’s Team Captain – Hayden Reed
2014–15 Women’s Team Captain – Callie Ives
2014 Cross Country Women’s Team Captain – Rebecca Stover
2014 Cross Country Men’s Team Captain – Matt Airola
Above and Beyond Student Athlete – Sarah Thomas




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