NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards won the men’s 200 meters at the 2017 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nashville on Saturday.
Richards’ performance helped Alabama to finish in the top two at the SEC indoor meet, the team’s best since finishing second in 1983 and 1984.
The Crimson Tide finished the 2017 championships with 93 points, one point off the team record set in 1984. Arkansas won the team title with 98 points.
The championship wasn’t decided until the end of the final event on Saturday – the 4×400-meter relay. The Crimson Tide quartet of sophomore Skyler Bowden, junior Jereem Richards and seniors Jacopo Lahbi and Steven Gayle lowered the school record for the second week in a row with a time of 3:02.92 to finish in third place, just ahead of the Razorbacks. But it wasn’t enough to catch the Hogs for the team championship. Florida, Texas A&M and Ole Miss tied for third with 76 points.
Richards raced to victory in the men’s 200 meters in a personal-best 20.34, the second-fastest time in school history. The victory is the first for Alabama in the 200 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships since Clive Wright won the event at the 1991 meet.