TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After record-breaking performances at the SEC Indoor Championships last week, Alabama’s track and field programs have both landed in the top six of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) week six rankings, with the men’s side soaring up to No. 5 and the women’s side holding steady at No. 6.
After claiming five total conference medals, the men’s program enters the top-five behind efforts from the 4×400 relay squad who clocked the sixth-fastest time in NCAA history at 3:01.78. The performance from Chris Robinson, Demetrius Jackson, Tarsis Orogot and Khaleb McRae also set a UA record, a Randal Tyson Track Center facility record and a SEC meet record. Bobby Colantonio Jr. defended his title in the men’s weight throw and Victor Kiprop also added to the gold medal tally, as Christian Edwards took silver in the triple jump behind a program-record performance.
The women’s team, meanwhile, is coming off a weekend that saw four total conference medals. The women’s distance medley relay clocked the second-fastest time in UA history as Jami Reed, Flomena Asekol, Amara Obi and Hilda Olemomoi took gold in the event. Mercy Chelangat also defended her 5,000-meter individual title for the team’s second gold medal of the meet.
Alabama joins Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee as the only Southeastern Conference schools to feature both its programs inside the top 10.
Alabama will take a weekend off before competing at the NCAA Indoor National Championships, March 10-11, in Albuquerque, N.M.
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