Tide Sprinter Wins 200 At NCAA Meet

Albuquerque, N.M. – University of Alabama senior Diondre Batson won the 200-meter dash national title to highlight the Tide's first day at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday night at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.



"Diondre had a fantastic day," said Alabama Coach Dan Waters. "He broke two school records—one that was held by a gold medalist and one by another Olympian. He had two phenomenal runs. It was always a goal to have him do something special. We made a promise to each other, and he held up to his end of the promise."

Batson shattered the school record in the finals of the 200 meters with a time of 20.32, the sixth fastest in NCAA history and the fastest time in the world in 2014. He edged top qualifier Dedric Dukes of Florida, who ran a 20.34 in the first section of the finals.

Winning Alabama's first 200-meter indoor national title was the exclamation point at the end of a banner day for the California native.

Prior to his win in the 200, Batson won his heat in the 60-meter dash prelims with a school record 6.54, the fastest qualifying time in the prelims. He qualified for the finals of the 200 meters with the second-fastest prelim time of the day—a 20.67.

On the women's side, junior Remona Burchell advanced to the finals of the 60-meter dash after posting a qualifying time of 7.20, a new personal record.

In the men's weight throw, sophomore Elias Hakansson broke the school record with a throw of 21.54 meters (70 feet, 8 inches) en route to a seventh-place finish.

Saturday's events include the triple jump, the shot put and the final of the 60-meter dash.