Alabama Athletics win five medals on day one of SEC Indoor Championships

STATION COLLEGE, Texas – Alabama Athletics got off to a strong start at the 2022 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships, winning two gold and three bronze on Friday at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas.

The Crimson Tide has won wins from Bobby Colantonio Jr. (men’s shot put) and Thank you (5,000 meters women) and third places in Chelsea Igberaese (women’s shot put), Emmanuel Ine (men’s long jump) and the men’s medley relay from Jace Jones, Gabe Serrano, Jacob Lamb and Eliud Kipsang.

Beginner Hillary Cheruiyot crossed the finish line first in the men’s 5,000 metres, finishing well ahead of the field and winning the gold medal, but following a post-race protest he was disqualified for stepping on or by over the pavement for two consecutive walks and his points were wiped off the board.

Both of Tide’s Friday Night wins came in dominant fashion. Colantonio Jr. won his title with a throw of 23.09 meters, more than a meter and a half better than second place. Chelangat crossed the finish line in 15:43.64, four seconds ahead of her closest competitor.

Igberaese opened Tide’s day by setting a new school record of 22.46 meters on her way to a bronze medal in the women’s shot put. It is the fourth time this season that Igberaese has improved on the UA standard. Ineh used his career-best mark of 7.87 yards to take third place in the men’s long jump, a mark that ranks him third all-time at Alabama.

Jones, Serrano, Lamb and Kipsang combined to post a time of 9:34.74, to take third place, more than a second ahead of the rest of the field.

The Alabama men fell to second place with 27 points after the 5,000m disqualification, while the UA women are fourth with 19 points heading into Saturday.

More from the first day

  • Kieran McKeag scored in the men’s shot put, taking fourth after a season-best mark of 21.35 meters
  • The women’s medley relay Jami Reed, Christal Mosley, Sophie Spada and Flomena Asekol combined to run an 11:12.58, good for sixth place
  • Reed (4:41.63) and Asekol (4:41.65) both earned a spot in Saturday’s women’s mile final
  • Eliud Kipsang (4:03.56) earned a spot in the men’s mile final
  • Khaleb McRae (46.33) achieved a personal best to earn a spot in the 400 meters final
  • Jacob Lamb returns to the men’s 800 meters after running in 1:50.34 in Friday’s preliminaries

See you next for the tide

  • Alabama returns to action Saturday for the second and final day of the 2022 SEC Indoor Championships
  • Crimson Tide day begins at 2:00 p.m. CT with the men’s shot put

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