March 24, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama junior Kaylon Eppinger leads the heptathlon through the first four events on the opening day of the Alabama Relays at Sam Bailey Track.
Eppinger racked up 3,338 points by finishing first in three of the four events to distance herself from Tammilee Kerr, competing unattached, with 3,077 points. Sophomore Rachel Robbs also competed for the Tide and earned 2,770 points to put her in ninth heading into the second day while Nichole Sides is in 15th with 2,586 points.
Eppinger opened up the day by finishing first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.93 and second in the high jump by clearing 5-7. She also took top honors in the shot put with a throw of 38-1 ½ and the 200m in 25.30.
The Crimson Tide’s three competitors in the heptathlon will complete the seven-discipline event on Friday with the long jump, javelin and 800m starting at 11 a.m. The women’s hammer throw will also be staged on Friday at 4 p.m.