COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Alabama men’s track and field team posted four top-three finishes on the final day of the 2017 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday to finish third in the team standings with 103 points. The Alabama women’s team had three top-three finishes on the final day to place seventh in the final team standings with 57 points. Texas A&M won the men’s team championship. Arkansas won the women’s league title.
“I’m proud of the way we competed,” head coach Dan Waters said. “I don’t think there was anyone who didn’t give 100 percent effort. That’s what we asked them to do and that’s what you have to do to win championships. I’m proud of our champions and the number of All-SEC performers we had. I know we’ll use this as motivation next year because we feel like we’ll continue to improve.”
Robbie Farnham-Rose finished second in the men’s 1,500 meters in 3:53.36. Will Herrscher finished second in pole vault with a clearance of 17-1 ½. Jereem Richards placed third in the 200 meters in 20.22. Alabama’s 4×400-meter relay team of Will Allen, Richards, Skyler Bowden and Steven Gayle finished third in 3:02.75. Also at the championships, Alfred Chelanga won the 10,000 meters-run, Joe Williams placed second in discus, Antibahs Kosgei placed second in steeplechase, and McLean Lipschutz finished third in javelin. The top three finishers all earned All-SEC honors.
The Alabama women had three top-three finishes on Saturday. Domonique Williams finished second in the women’s 400 meters in 52.54. Stacey Destin finished third in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 6-0 ½. The 4×400-meter relay quartet of Alex Gholston, Diamond Gause, Symone Darius and Williams finished third in 3:30.94. They all earned All-SEC honors, as did previous days finishes by Quanesha Burks who won the SEC long jump championship and Haley Teel who finished second in shot put.
Alabama now prepares for the May 25-27 NCAA East Regional which will be hosted by the University of Kentucky.