NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Alabama track and field picked up a trio of wins on the final day of the Vanderbilt Invitational, highlighted by a dominant performance in the women’s 4×400-meter relay.
“We had a lot to be happy with today,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “Our women’s 4×400 relay ran strong and Tamara (Clark) and Kord (Ferguson) both had great individual performances. More than that, we were able to get more people out there this weekend and we continue to move forward.”
The quartet of sophomore Daija Lampkin, junior Takyera Roberson, sophomore Tamara Clark and junior Mauricia Prieto combined for the win in the 4×400, finishing more than five seconds ahead of the field with a time of 3:36.81. The Tide also took third when juniors D’Jai Baker, Symone Darius, Natassha McDonald and Katie Funcheon crossed the line with a 3:43.42.
Clark tallied a win in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.30. Overall, the Tide put four runners in the top eight of the 60m, including sophomore Demi Washington (third), senior Krystal Sparling (fourth) and Roberson (sixth).
Senior Kord Ferguson won the men’s shot put after a throw of 63-2 (19.25m) on his first attempt, while freshman Chago Basso finished sixth. Ferguson’s winning effort was more than a foot better than his nearest competition.
The Tide pu three in the top eight of the women’s shot put, led by senior Portious Warren, who took second with a throw of 56-2.5 (17.13m), followed by senior Haley Teel (fourth) and sophomore Nickolette Dunbar (sixth).
Alabama put two in the top eight of the men’s 400 meters, with senior Skyler Bowden taking third with a time of 47.12 and sophomore Champion Allison finishing fifth. Junior Alize Ford finaled in the men’s 60m, taking fifth with a time of 6.81.
Senior Stacey Destin clocked an 8.48 to finish fourth in the women’s 60m hurdles, while sophomore Taylor Pickett took fourth in the women’s pole vault after clearing 12-7.25 (3.84m).
Junior Esther Gitahi (fourth) and sophomore Rebecca Buteau (eighth) locked up top-eight finishes in the women’s 3,000 meters after posting times of 9:42.55 and 9:45.28, respectively.
The Tide’s strong finish came on the heels of a solid start that included a win in the men’s pole vault and four top-two finishes on day one. Alabama swept the top-two spots in the men’s pole vault with sophomore Jake Spotswood getting the win after clearing 17-0.75 (5.20m) and senior Will Herrscher taking second with a mark of 16-8.75 (5.10m).
Freshman Bobby Colantonio finished second in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 67-0.75 (20.44m). Alabama also took second in the men’s distance medley relay in a tight race with Georgia Tech. Junior Clay Austell and sophomore Andrew Powell combined with seniors Connor Ferrentino and Vincent Kiprop to cross the line with a time of 10:04.54, less than a half second behind the Yellow Jackets.
The Crimson Tide returns to action Jan. 25-26 with the Bob Pollock Invitational in Clemson, S.C.