Alabama men’s track wins first conference title since 1972

The University of Alabama men’s track team won its first conference title since 1972 by beating out Arkansas on the final day of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at Texas A&M.

It’s the sixth indoor title in school history. Alabama also won in 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1962.

“This was a total team championship,” Coach Dan Waters said in a release. “Everyone contributed. One of the most impressive things about this championship was where the points came from. Our freshman triple jumper, Christian Edwards, finishing second. Kord Ferguson finishing second in the shot put with an amazing mark. Shelby McEwen winning the high jump for our only individual title. Our distance runners scoring 31 points in the 3,000 and 5,000.

“It was a total team effort and that’s how we built this program. Everyone chipped in one way or another.”

Alabama was in second place behind Florida following Saturday’s competition at Gilliam Indoor Track & Field Stadium in College Station, Texas. The turning point was the 5,000 meters, with juniors Gilbert Kigen and Vincent Kiprop and seniors Alfred Chelanga and Conner Thompson placing  second, third, fifth and sixth.

outSenior Will Herrscher and freshman Jake Spotswood finished third and fourth in the pole vault, freshman Christian Edwards and junior Kord Ferguson added second-place finishes in the triple jump and shot put, respectively, and Walter was sixth in the 200 meters.

Alabama clinched the championship with an eighth-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay, the final event of the evening. It finished with 91 points, ahead of Arkansas (88) Florida (83.5), Texas A&M (75.5) and Georgia (71).

The Crimson Tide women placed eighth.

Alabama will now turn its attention to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will ne held at the same location, Texas A&M,  March 9-10.

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