BIRMINGHAM – The Alabama’s track and field teams opened competition Friday at the NCAA Indoor Championships, held at Birmingham Crossplex, with the women moving into a tie for fourth place with 10 points and the men in 11th with seven points.

Stacey Destin placed fifth in the pentathlon with a school record 4,287. She bettered her own school mark, set in 2017, by 101 points. On her final throw, which went 57-1.5, Portious Warren ended up with a third-place finish in shot put.

Kord Ferguson got the men on the board, taking sixth in the shot put with a throw of 65-0.5. Vincent Kiprop closed day one by taking fifth in the men’s 5,000 (13:47.38).

The Crimson Tide also advanced a pair of 200-meter runners to Saturday’s finals. Tamara Clark posted a 23.04 to earn a place in the women’s final, while Keitavious Walter clocked a career-best 20.61 to earn his spot in the men’s final