Track & Field Finishes SEC Championships With Points in Eight More Events

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Shani Chandler had a busy afternoon for UA, scoring points in the 400-meter hurdles and a pair of relays.
Shani Chandler had a busy afternoon for UA, scoring points in the 400-meter hurdles and a pair of relays.

May 13, 2012

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The University of Alabama of Alabama track and field team closed out the 2012 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships by scoring points in eight events on the final day of competition at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

The Crimson Tide women’s team earned points in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles, triple jump and 4x400-meter relay while the men’s team had athletes score in the 1,500 meters, high jump and the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays.

“There were a lot of bright spots out there,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “We had lot of PRs and a lot of good performances this week. We want to use this meet as a learning experience and continue getting better. As we get older, stronger and better hopefully we’ll be able to build on this.”

The Tide started off the day with points in the first event of the afternoon as Chloe Hetherton saved her best jump for her final attempt with a mark of 41-4.5 to finish fifth in the women’s triple jump.

Tyler Campbell matched her place in the men’s high jump with a season-best height of 7-2.25 to score at the SEC Outdoor Championships for the fourth consecutive season.

“For me the goal is always to PR, but this was a good meet,” Campbell said. “I’ve been battling a little bit of an ankle bruise so I’m hoping to fix that and jump higher and regionals and nationals. I’ve got to work a little more on my speed and curve, that’s what will get me over higher bars and that’s what I’m going to work on this week heading into regionals.”

“Those were some really good points we got out there today from those two,” Waters added. “Tyler [Campbell] cleared the highest bar he has all season and Chloe [Hetherton] moved up there on the last jump to get more points for us.”

On the track, Gary Bradbury closed a considerable gap in the final 100 meters of the 1,500 meters to finish in fourth with a time of 3:53.63. The women’s team got individual points in both hurdle events as Kaylon Eppinger finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles at 13.70 while Shani Chandler, facing a stiff headwind in the backstretch, came in fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.93.

“This was one of the nastiest races I’ve ran all year, it was really tough out there,” Chandler said. “In the finals it’s not about times though, it’s about scoring points for your team.”

The four-day meet was capped off by both the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relay teams earning points in the final event of the championships with the men’s team of Joel Lynch, Dwayne Extol, Dushane Farrier and Kyle Hester coming in seventh at 3:10.66 for the Tide’s second fastest time of the season. The women’s quartet of Camilla Armstead, Sarah Thomas, Aubrielle Wright and Shani Chandler also finished with their second fastest time of the season in 3:43.95 to finish eighth.

“Both relays scored and showed some tenacity out there,” Waters said. “Those are things we like to see and we just need more of that attitude and focus. The more positive performances we have, the more momentum we’ll have heading into next season.”

As a team, the Tide’s women finished eighth overall and the men came in 11th. LSU won the women’s SEC title and Arkansas claimed the men’s crown.

The squad will have a weekend off from competition to prepare for the NCAA East Regional Championship in Jacksonville, Fla., May 24-26. That meet will ultimately determine the field for the NCAA Championships.

SEC Outdoor Championships – Day 4
Alabama Men’s Results
1,500 Meters
4. Gary Bradbury, 3:53.63

4x100-Meter Relay
8. Hester, Farrier, Extol, Lynch, 40.56

4x400-Meter Relay
7. Lynch, Extol, Farrier, Hester, 3:10.66

High Jump
5. Tyler Campbell, 7-2.25

Triple Jump
10. Warrick Campbell, 48-4.5

Alabama Women’s Results
5,000 Meters
13. Leigh Gilmore, 17:06.44
17. Andrea Torske, 17:17.82
21. Kelsey Johnson, 17:32.51

100-Meter Hurdles
8. Kaylon Eppinger, 13.70

400-Meter Hurdles
5. Shani Chandler, 1:00.93

4x100-Meter Relay
10. Frimpong, Armstead, Thomas, Chandler, 46.19

4x400-Meter Relay
8. Armstead, Thomas, Wright, Chandler, 3:43.95

Triple Jump
5. Chloe Hetherton, 41-4.5
13. Merilyn Uudmae, 39-8

Men’s Team Standings
1. Arkansas, 196 
2. LSU, 118 
3. Georgia, 109 
4. Florida, 93 
5. Mississippi State, 61 
6. Mississippi, 60 
7. Auburn, 58 
8. Kentucky, 43 
9. South Carolina, 33 
10. Tennessee, 30 
11. Alabama, 17

Women’s Team Standings
1. LSU, 161.5 
2. Florida, 138 
3. Arkansas, 111.5 
4. Georgia, 108 
5. Tennessee, 97 
6. Auburn, 41.5 
7. Mississippi, 38.5 
8. Alabama, 36.0 
9. South Carolina, 35 
10. Mississippi State, 28 
11. Vanderbilt, 13.5 
12. Kentucky, 10.5