KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Alabama track & field teams capped off their weekend at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., with two conference event champions, six All-SEC performances and a school record in the women’s 100 meters.
Junior Shelby McEwen won the high jump with a personal best-equaling clearance of 7-4½ (2.25m). The mark also equals the No. 4 jump in UA history. McEwen is the first UA jumper to win the SEC high jump title since Thomas McCants in 1985. This is the second conference title for the Abbeville, Miss., native. McEwen also won the 2018 SEC indoor high jump crown in February.
Junior Vincent Kiprop won his second individual title of the weekend with a victory in the 5,000 meters. Kiprop outsprinted Kentucky’s Jacob Thomson down the homestretch to finish in 13:48.49 to give the Kericho, Kenya, native the league titles in the 5,000- and 10,000-meters.
Also earning All-SEC honors on Sunday were juniors Keitavious Walter and Kord Ferguson in the men’s 200 meters and men’s discus.
Ferguson finished second in the discus with a throw of 193-8 (59.05m) to give the Tide a medalist in the event for the third year in a row. Walter finished third in the 200 meters in a personal best – and UA season best – time of 20.33. The Ruston, La., native also finished sixth in the 100 meters in 20.18.
The victories propelled the Crimson Tide men to a fourth place finish in the team standings, giving UA a third-consecutive top-five finish at the conference outdoor meet for the first time since a run of three in a row from 1989-91.
Freshman Tamara Clark finished third in the women’s 100 meters in a UA school record time of 11.02. Clark’s mark tops the previous record of 11.03 set by Remona Burchell in 2014. The High Point, N.C., native added another bronze medal to her day with a third place finish in the 200 an hour later. Clark posted a personal best of 22.65 in the 200 meters, which is the third-fastest time in UA history.
The Crimson Tide women finished ninth in the team standings with 53.5 points.