BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern indoor track and field teams picked up five first-place finishes, and the men placed second and the women were fourth, Saturday at the Southern Athletic Association Indoor Challenge, hosted by BSC at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Panther men finished second with a team score of 136, and the women were fourth with a score of 53, in what was considered an unofficial SAA indoor championship consisting of all eight SAA teams.
All five top individual finishes came on the men's side. The 4x200-meter relay team won with a time of 1:34.61, consisting of senior Christian Willis, sophomore Jordan Frazier, freshman Scott Lewis, and sophomore Connor Wright. Frazier also won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.51 seconds, and freshman Chris Roberts won the 5K with a time of 15:58.96. In field events, senior Cody Mann won the high jump with a mark of 1.88 meters, and senior Hank Ballard won the pole vault with a mark of 4.66 meters.
Frazier also finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.19 seconds, and Lewis was second in the long jump with a distance of 6.53 meters and third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.32 seconds. Sophomore Jibreel Mose was second in the triple jump with a distance of 11.78 meters, freshman Michael Snow placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 13.32 meters. McOmber was third in the mile run (4:39.00), junior Joshua Patton was third in the triple jump (11.67m), and BSC also took third in the 4x400-meter relay (3:36.73), the team made up of Wright, freshman Caleb Bowlick, Lewis, and McOmber.
The women also had several impressive finishes, as freshman Jodi Plog took second place in the pole vault with a leap of 2.90 meters, followed by freshman Harper DeWine who was third in the pole vault. Sophomore Kelsey Holdbrooks finished third in the 5K (20:35.61), and freshman Emory Builta was third in the weight throw (12.48m).
The teams are back in action March 7-8 at the Indoor Last Chance Qualifier.