COLLEGE STATION, Texas –The University of Alabama track & field team took home five more medals Saturday at the 2020 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships, highlighted by individual conference titles from senior Robert Dunning, junior Tamara Clark and the women’s 4x400m relay team at Gilliam Stadium on Saturday.
The Alabama women finished fourth in the team standings with 67 points. The last time the Crimson Tide women placed within the top-four in back-to-back years was in 1994. On the men’s side, UA placed ninth with 35 points. Arkansas captured the team titles on both the men’s and women’s sides, respectively.
From Head Coach Dan Waters
“I was proud of the way the team competed and shook things off and kept competing. I was as excited as can be of all of our SEC champions; they really gave it their all and it gives them momentum going into nationals. The kids start to buy in and believe what you are talking about when they see results like these and hopefully we will continue our momentum and build something even better.”
- The Alabama women’s 4x400m relay squad posted its fastest time of the season to close out the conference meet with a win. In a highly competitive field, the Crimson Tide clocked a season-best time of 3:29.36.
- The first-place relay team consisted of seniors Takyera Roberson, D’Jai Baker and Natassha McDonald and junior Tamara Clark.
- Clark had a standout day, medaling in all three events she competed in Saturday evening.
- The junior earned her first of a trio of medals in the women’s 60m with a sprint of 7.27.
- The 2019 SEC Indoors Women’s 200m Champion, Clark, finished runner-up with a personal best time of 22.69 in the 200m.
- In the men’s 60m hurdles, senior Robert Dunning got off to a slow start out of the gate but quickly made up the distance crossing the finish line in 7.65 to claim gold.
- Sophomore Christian Edwards recorded a distance of 52-7¼ (16.03m) in men’s triple jump to take home bronze honours.
- Senior Esther Gitahi used a personal best time of 4:42.49 to capture a third-place finish in the women’s one-mile.
OTHER SEC SCORERS
- The Tide women also scored in the 400m, where McDonald used a personal best time of 52.44 to place eighth.
- Senior Abigail Kwarteng finished just off the podium in the women’s high jump, clearing a season-best height of 5-9¾ (1.77m) to place fourth.
- In addition to sophomore Mercy Chelangat’s 5000m bronze medal Friday, she scored in the 3000m with a fourth-place finish of 9:16.38.
- The Alabama men’s 4x400m relay team clocked in at 3:12.53, good for eighth place overall.
Alabama will head to Albuquerque, N.M., March 13-14 for the 2020 NCAA Indoor Championships.
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