Chealsea Taylor Leading Field in Heptathlon After Day One of SEC Championships
Robbs sits in seventh in the heptathlon after Thursday.

Robbs sits in seventh in the heptathlon after Thursday.

May 14, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Alabama women's track and field team got off to a good start at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday at James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track. The heptathlon was the only event competed on Thursday.

"I always like to use these days as a way to jumpstart the team in regards to points to start the meet," head coach Sandy Fowler said. "I think they've both done that and I think they'll also have a very good day tomorrow. The 800 is a good event for both of them. What I don't want to do is put pressure on the girls, but I think Chealsea is sitting right where she needs to be. Rachel also has the javelin tomorrow, which is a good event for her."

Both junior Chealsea Taylor and sophomore Rachel Robbs started the day by crushing their personal bests in the 100m hurdles. Taylor was sixth while Robbs was seventh crossing the line with times of 14.09 and 14.28, respectively.

The heptathletes then moved on to the high jump before the weather took over forcing a near three-hour lightning delay. Once competition resumed, Taylor grabbed control of the situation by destroying the field in the high jump with a leap of 5-11 1/4, her highest of the season by nearly three inches as she gained almost 200 points over second place. Robbs tied for second with four others at 5-5 1/4.

After Taylor leapfrogged into first place, she would not relinquish the position for the rest of the night as she placed fourth in the shot put with a near four-foot personal best throw of 37-1 1/2. Robbs however took the victory in the event with a throw of 39-10 1/4.

In the last event of the day, the 200 meter dash, Taylor turned in a second place finish running a time of 24.30. Robbs crossed the line with a time of 25.99 to finish ninth.

After day one, Taylor sits at the top of the leader board with 3,525 points over SEC indoor pentathlon runner-up Marrissa Harris of Mississippi State who has 3,408 points in second place. Indoor SEC Champion Ashley Trimble from Kentucky is in third with 3,389 points. Robbs is in seventh with 3,214 points, but should make a move on Friday in one of her strongest events, the javelin.

"This was a fabulous start to the heptathlon," assistant coach Scott Roberts said. "Both of their point totals are about 200 points better than their first day previous bests. Tomorrow we just need to tend to our business and they should score very well."

Competition in the women's heptathlon is set to resume at 1:30 p.m. EST with individual events to begin at 2:00 p.m. EST with the men's hammer throw.