Sport: Track & Field
The young, ambitious Tadashi Pinder is officially apart of the Crimson Tide Track & Field program! The young sprinter is humbled to wear the infamous Crimson and White across his chest instead of the Virginia Tech maroon and gold.
Tadashi ran two seasons for the Hookies and was awarded All-ACC honors in the following events: 100-meter dash, 4×100-meter relay, and the 4×400-meter relay. In addition to the young star’s success, the 2-time NCAA East Regional qualifier ran in a 60-meter final to help the Hookies claim an ACC Indoor Championship.
As we all know, the SEC offers some of, if not, the best competitive environments in all college athletics. “Obviosly the SEC is very challenging and the atmosphere is so competitive, but I chose Alabama because I want to experience that atmosphere 24/7″ Pinder said. “I know the workouts will more difficult than what I’m accustomed to; however, that’s exactly what I want and need to improve myself as a sprinter.”
Pinder wants to be known as “one of the best that has ever done it”. In order to be known as such an athlete, Pinder has been setting goals ever since stepping onto the college scene at VT. “Since I’m at UA now, it’s a fresh, new start for me. I want to make the finals in all of my appearances, gets some wins, and also collect a few titles” Pinder added. “Also, I would like to set/beat some personal records and try to crack some of Alabama’s school records”. As you can tell, Tadashi means business and will do whatever it takes to make his name known.
Since Tadashi has transferred, you would think that he would be relaxing, learning about the campus… Yeah… not quite. The sprinter has goals; these goals are met during the offseason. Tadasho said, ” this offseason, my main focus is mechanics and form. Poor technique and form has been detrimental to me in a few races and have caused me to come up short in some final appearances.” Tadashi will seek out technique and mechanical pointers from coach Dan Waters.
As an incoming freshman, I’m not certain on how the Crimson Tide performed last season; however, I do know names like Hayden Reed, Quanesha Burks, and Nia Barnes. These names alone bring a ton of excitement to the Crimson Tide’s Track Field program. As for Tadashi, he has a few goal for the team entering this season. He said, “Overall, the team goal is/should be to become a national contender. Becoming the best team we can so we compete at the SEC and NCAA meets.” “These things only happen if EVERYONE does their individual job on the team by putting in their work in the offseason and competing their best during events”.
Come out this Track & Field season to Sam Bailey Stadium to watch as transfer Tadashi Pinder and many others compete for a shot at the SEC and NCAA Championships this season.