Moore repeats and secures eighth career conference crown, Crump captures first title for Bulldogs since 1991, as both athletes No. 2 in world this year; Chelangat, Colantonio repeat for Alabama, which also gets wins from Kiprop and women’s DMR, with Kentucky’s Williams taking pentathlon
By Erik Boal, DyeStat Editor
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jasmine Moore has been in the spotlight in the Southeastern Conference since her freshman year and the Florida star shined again Friday on the opening night of the indoor championship meet.
Cameron Crump has been waiting his entire career for a big moment on center stage and the Mississippi State senior responded with one of the most remarkable performances in collegiate indoor history.
Both long jumpers achieved meet records and elevated to No. 2 in the world this year at Randal Tyson Track Center, with Moore opening her series with a lifetime-best leap of 22 feet, 8 inches (6.91m) to repeat as indoor champion and become the first back-to-back winner since Brittney Reese of Ole Miss (2007-08).
Moore, who has eight career SEC titles, also equaled the No. 2 all-time indoor collegiate competitor, trailing only Tara Davis Woodhall at 22-9 (6.93m) from the 2021 Division 1 Indoor Championships at the same venue. Moore tied former Auburn standout Elva Goulbourne from 2002 and Texas Christian star Whitney Gipson in 2012, with Florida teammate Claire Bryant finishing second at 21-6.75 (6.57m).
Davis Woodhall is also the world leader this year at 22-11.25 (6.99m).
Crump soared to a personal-best 27-6.50 (8.39m) effort in the fifth round to eclipse the meet record and equal the No. 5 performer in NCAA indoor history, capturing the first men’s indoor long jump crown for Mississippi State since Festus Igbinoghene in 1991.
Crump, who trails only Alabama’s Miguel Pate, Houston’s Carl Lewis, LSU’s JuVaughn Harrison and Arkansas’ Erick Walder among the top indoor competitors in collegiate history, is just behind Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou at 27-7.25 (8.41m) among global performers this year.
Alabama had a pair of athletes repeat as champions, with Mercy Chelangat securing back-to-back victories in the women’s 5,000 meters in 15:44.48, becoming the first female competitor since Arkansas’ Amy Yoder Begley in 1999-2000 to capture consecutive crowns.
Bobby Colantonio produced a fifth-round mark of 77-9.50 (23.71m) in the weight throw to become the first male athlete to repeat in the event for…
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