Alabama Track and Field Adds Two Medals to its Total on Day Two of the SEC Outdoor Championships
OXFORD, Ms. – Alabama boosted its medal total to seven after earning a silver and a bronze on day two of the 2022 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships, being held at the Old Miss Track & Field Complex this week.
Crimson Tide rookie Hillary Cheruiyot, in his very first steeplechase, posted a time of 8:48.67 to take the silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, after finishing fifth in the 10,000 meters on Thursday night. Isaac Odugbesan closed Alabama’s day by taking third in the men’s shot put with a throw of 20.04 meters.
Nickolette Dunbar (women’s shot put), Chago Basso (men’s shot put), Emmanuel Ineh (men’s long jump), Quincy Scott (men’s long jump) and Carson Burian (men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase) all scored for the tide on day two of the championships.
Eliud Kipsang (men’s 1,500 meters), Flomena Asekol (women’s 1,500 meters), Leander Forbes (men’s 400 meters) and Corde Long (men’s 110-meter hurdles) all earned a spot in Saturday’s finals.
Overall, the Alabama men are in first place with 54 points, while the women are in fourth place with 26 points, just half a point out of third place.
“I’m really pleased with the job we did today and the way we stayed focused on the job at hand, especially after another round of weather delays. I’m super proud of Hillary and Carson in the steeple chase and Isaac and Chago in “The shot put for the way they closed a very long day. We also got important points from Emmanuel and Quincy in the long jump and Nickolette in the women’s shot put. We also did a good job in today’s prelims, getting people positioned to help us.” tomorrow. We have to go into tomorrow with a scorer’s mentality, ready to fight and scrap down to the very end. If we can do that, we have the chance to make some big noise here Oxford.”
Day Two Crimson Tide Medalists
- Hillary Cheruiyot didn’t let his inexperience stop him from medaling in his very first 3,000-meter steeplechase, posting at 8:48.67 to take second place
- Isaac Odugbesan claimed his fourth SEC Championships medal in the shot put with a toss of 20.04 meters, a tally that includes two indoors and two outdoors
Day Two Crimson Tide Scorers
- Nickolette Dunbar took fourth in the women’s shot put with a season-best toss of 16.54 meters Friday night
- Chago Basso used a career-best toss of 19.56 meters to take fifth place in the shot put
- Emmanuel Ineh produced a jump of 7.56 meters to take sixth place in the men’s long jump, while Quincy Scott took eighth with a career-best leap of 7.52 meters
- Carson Burian ran a career-best 8:57.29 to take sixth place in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase
Moving on to Finals
- Eliud Kipsang is the No. 1 seed heading into the finals of the men’s 1,500 meters after running a 3:43.39 Friday night
- Flomena Asekol posts a career-best 4:16.98 in the women’s 1,500 meters to earn a place in Saturday’s final
- Leander Forbes earned a spot in the finals of the men’s 400 meters after running a 46.02 on Friday night
- Corde Long added a spot in the 110-meter hurdles finals to his Saturday agenda after posting a 13.83 in Friday’s prelims
- On Thursday, Long dropped nearly a second off his career-best time in the 400-meter hurdles, going 49.98 to rank third all-time at UA and take the second seeded heading into Saturday’s final
- Jacob Lamb ran a huge career-best time of 1:46.51 in the prelims of the men’s 800 meters, making him the second seed heading into Saturday’s final and ranking him fourth all-time at UA
- Amari Brown ran a career-best 23.12 to earn a spot in the final of the women’s 200 meters and ranked her tenth all-time at UA
- Demetrius Jackson (20.47) and Tarsis Orogot (20.61) both advanced to the finals of the men’s 200 meters
- Jackson’s 20.47 is a career-best and ranks him ninth all-time at UA
- The SEC Outdoor Championships comes to a close Saturday, with the Crimson Tide getting things underway at 2:45 pm with the men’s discus
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