Feb. 24, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -
Kaylon Eppinger finished third in the women’s pentathlon for the University of Alabama track and field team during the first day of the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships Friday evening at Kentucky’s Nutter Field House. Her final score of 4,081 set a UA school record in the five-discipline event and was just 69 points shy of the NCAA automatic qualifying score.
Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide won the event with a score of 4,126 followed by Mississippi State’s Erica Bougard’s 4,109 points.
Eppinger opened the day in in the 60-meter hurdles, traditionally one of her strongest events. She finished tied for second in the hurdles with a time of 8.40. In the high jump, she cleared a personal best 5-8 to tie for second again to take an early lead after two events.
She added to that lead by winning the shot put with a throw of 40-11.5, nearly two feet better than the nearest competitor in the event. Her lead was narrowed in the long jump as she finished seventh with a jump of 18-6.50 to lead the field by a slim 56 points heading into the always challenging 800 meters.
In that final event, she finished 10th with a season-best time of 2:28.35 as Alcide clipped her in third while Bougard won the event to leap into second place.
Eppinger will continue her stay at the SEC Championships in the 60-meter hurdles and the remainder of the team will compete tomorrow as well in the second day of the three-day event. Action gets underway at 11 a.m. with Tyler Campbell competing in the men’s high jump.
SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships
Day 1 – Alabama Results
3. Kaylon Eppinger, 4,081 points
T2. Kaylon Eppinger, 8.40, 1,039 points
T2. Kaylon Eppinger, 5-8, 891 points
1. Kaylon Eppinger, 40-11.5, 693 points
7. Kaylon Eppinger, 18-6.5, 744 points
10. Kaylon Eppinger, 2:28.35, 714 points