(photo courtesy Kelly Price via University of Alabama)
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Butler sprinter Remona Burchell is now the fastest woman in NCAA history as she set the collegiate record in the women's 60-meter dash on Saturday afternoon while winning the event at the 2015 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Burchell, now a senior at the University of Alabama, dominated a world-class field in the 60 on Saturday on the campus of the University of Kentucky, running a time of 7.08 seconds. That mark edged the old record of 7.09 seconds set by Angela Williams of Southern California in 2001 and tied by Lakya Brookins of South Carolina in 2011. It is the second-fastest 60 run in the world so far this season behind a 7.05 by Murielle Ahoure of The Ivory Coast.
"I was worried about my start, but I had a good one, and I really had a great race," Burchell said after the race. "I knew I would run fast today and I am very excited about this record."
Burchell beat the field by a full tenth of a second as Kentucky's Dezerea Bryant, the 2014 SEC 60 champion, was second in 7.18 with Shayla Sanders of Florida third in 7.25.
Burchell won the race by a full tenth of a second.
Burchell was a NJCAA national champion in the 100 meter dash at Butler two years ago and last year won the NCAA title in the indoor 60 and the outdoor 100 as a junior at Alabama.