Alabama Rolls at Samford Invitational, Breaks Multiple Meet Records

Alabama Rolls at Samford Invitational, Breaks Multiple Meet Records

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama track and field broke nine meet records Friday in Birmingham, two coming from junior Amari Brown alone, at the Samford Invitational.

Brown’s record-breaking performance in the women’s 60-meter final moved the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native to eighth all-time in Alabama women’s program history.

In total, the Crimson Tide racked up 29 top-five finishes across 17 events. Alabama also won 15 total events, the women’s program securing nine and the men’s side bringing home six.

Alabama Head Coach Dan Waters Said

“I’m very proud of the team’s performance today. We had several top finishes and a number of our athletes won their respective event. We have a great opportunity to learn from today and carry this momentum with us into next week’s meet at Clemson where the competition is only going to get stronger.”

Crimson Tide Top Finishes

  • Alabama set the tone of the day early as Chelsea Igberaese (70-5), Taylor Gorum (64-11) and Samantha Kunza (62-8) recorded a one-two-three finish in the women’s weight throw
  • Amari Brown’s 60-meter run of 7.33 not only broke the meet record, but also moved her into eighth all-time in the women’s program. Brown would also go on to win the 200-meter run (23.69), breaking her second meet record of the day
  • Jami Reed clocked 4:40.04 in the women’s mile to win the event and break the meet record
  • Corde Long (7.94), Chris Robinson (8.06) and Patrick Daves (8.26) all took home top-five finishes in the men’s 60-meter hurdles
  • Colantonio Jr. (74-11.750 and Ruben Banks (68-11.25) went one-two in the men’s weight throw
  • Matthew Weaver clocked 21.29 in the men’s 200-meter final to secure the meet record
  • Elka Machan broke the women’s 3,000-meter meet record (9:40.65), while teammate Will Pinson finished fifth on the men’s side (8:38.01)
  • Alan de Falchi (55-3.50) and Nathan Cooper (51-7) finished first and fourth, collegiately, in the men’s shot put
  • Both men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relay squads break the meet record enroute to the victory

Up Next

  • Alabama returns to action next weekend, splitting up on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28, to compete at both the John Thomas Terrier Classic and Bob Pollock Invitational held in Boston, Mass., and Clemson, S.C., respectively.

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