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March 23, 2013

Hakansson records school record at Relays

TUSCALOOSA | University of Alabama freshman Elias Hakansson set a school record in the hammer throw Friday on a cold and rainy day at the Alabama Relays.

Hakansson's throw of 64.1 meters on the first day of the weekend meet was almost 5 meters longer than the previous UA record, which was set in 1998. The throw also won the event for the Crimson Tide.

Still, Hakansson said he wasn't thrilled with his throw. He said he was still a little tired from the end of the indoor season, and that the team is focused on peaking in June for the SEC Championships and NCAAs.

"It wasn't super great. I'm kind of in a period right now where I'm pretty worn out," Hakansson said. "I'm still waiting to get some energy in my legs and those things."

Hakansson, who came to Alabama from Halmstad, Sweden, is enjoying a breakout freshman year for the Crimson Tide. During the indoor season, he broke the UA record for weight throw and now has an outdoor record in the first outdoor meet of the season.

But he said the throw was just the beginning and he's aiming for something more.

"It was great under the circumstances - 51 degrees, it was raining," Hakansson said. "I'm still gunning for 70 meters."

In other results, Alabama won the men's 4x200-meter relay, while the women took third. Freshman Sarah Thomas won the women's 100-meter dash. Junior Shani Chandler took third in the 400-meter hurdles. Senior Krystal Schade placed third in the high jump with a 1.7-meter mark.

The Relays conclude today with field events beginning at 11 a.m. and action on the track getting started at 5:55 p.m.





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