COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Alabama track and field team finished off the Carolina Challenge in a big way Saturday, setting four South Carolina Indoor Track & Field Complex records and tallying five individual wins. Overall, the Alabama contingent grabbed 24 top-eight finishes in a meet that included more than 45 teams and better than 1,500 competitors.
Shelby McEwen led the way for the Crimson Tide, using a career-best leap to win the men’s high jump (7-7), the best mark in the nation this season and a new South Carolina Indoor Track & Field Complex record by six inches.
The Crimson Tide swept the top-three spots in the women’s shot put, with Haley Teel getting the win (16.49m). Portious Warren (16.47m) was second, while Nickolette Dunbar took third (16.02m). All three women bettered the previous facility record. Warren also finished in the top-five of the weight throw, saving her best for last with a toss of 59-11 on her final effort.
Stacey Destin cleared 5-10.75 to win the women’s high jump, setting a new facility record in the process. Kiara Williams won the women’s long jump with a facility record, going 19-11. Williams’ winning leap was more than a foot better than her nearest competitor. Bobby Colantonio Jr. notched his second weight throw title in as many weeks after using a toss of 69-02.5 to win.