University of Alabama track and field athletes Ruebin Walters and Domonique Williams earned spots on Trinidad & Tobago’s national team with victories at that country’s national championships while Quanesha Burks posted a fourth-place finish in the women’s long jump at the U.S. championships to earn a spot on Team USA on Saturday.
At the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., Burks clinched a fourth-place finish in the women’s long jump with a leap of 21-11 ¾ on her final attempt. The finish secures her spot on the U.S. national team and a trip to London for the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, Aug. 4-13.
One day after breaking the Alabama school record in the preliminaries of the 110-meter hurdles at the Trinidad & Tobago National Open Championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Walters sprinted to victory in the finals in a time of 13.34 to earn a trip to London. Williams, who posted the fastest time in Friday’s preliminary round, captured her nation’s 400-meter championship on Saturday in a time of 52.74 and will join Walters on the Trinidad & Tobago national team.
The Crimson Tide will also be represented on the U.S. junior national team this summer as freshman Takyera Roberson and signee Jaimie Robinson won the women’s 400 meters and women’s triple jump, respectively, at the U.S. Junior Track & Field Championships, which was also held in Sacramento. Roberson rolled to a winning time of 51.35 in the women’s 400 meters, the fifth-fastest time in Alabama history, and Robinson won the women’s triple jump with a leap of 43-10 ½ (13.37m). The victories qualify both women for spots on the U.S. junior national team that will compete in the Pan-American Track & Field Championships July 21-23 in Lima, Peru.
Alabama’s Jereem Richards and Steven Gayle will look to join Burks, Walters and Williams in London on Sunday. Richards competes in the men’s 200 meters at the Trinidad & Tobago National Open Championships while Gayle will run in the finals of the men’s 400 meters at the Jamaica National Senior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.