Results from day 1 of first indoor track meet

Katie Windham

Staff member
Alabama Track and Field Opens Indoor Season with Strong Showing at Blazer Invitational

The Crimson Tide set two school records, won five individual events and tallied 20 top-three finishes in its first indoor meet of the 2022 season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama track and field got the 2022 indoor season off to a strong start in its opener in the Blazer Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex, in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday.

The Crimson Tide began the season with five individual wins and 20 top-three finishes, as well as two school records, a facility record and two new meet standards.

Bobby Colantonio Jr. enjoyed a huge day, opening his season with a school and Birmingham Crossplex record in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 24.15 meters on the way to the win. His mark, which bettered his own record set in 2020, is the first over 24 meters for a Crimson Tide thrower and ranks seventh all-time in NCAA history.

Chelsea Igberaese also started off 2022 with a school record, breaking Beth Mallory’s 2005 mark in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 20.54 meters.

Isaac Odugbesan got the season started by winning the first event of the day, the men’s shot put, with matching throws of 20.48 in his last two attempts, setting and then tying the meet record with a mark that was just .02 off the school standard he set last season.

Leander Forbes added another meet record to the Tide’s haul when he won the 500 meters in a time of 1:01.43. Hillary Cheruiyot earned his first indoor win wearing the crimson and white of Alabama, running a 4:07.17 to finish first in the mile. Mason Phillips gave the Alabama men a win in their first running event of the day when he took top honors in the 60 meters in a time of 6.73.

Alabama on the Podium - Field Events

  • Alabama swept the top-three spots in the men’s shot put, led by Isaac Odugbesan meet record and winning mark of 20.48m
  • Chago Basso (18.42m) took second while Jerimiah Evans (18.19m) was third in the men’s shot put
  • The Crimson Tide went 1-2 in the men’s weight throw with Bobby Colantonio Jr. getting the win with a school and Birmingham Crossplex record of 24.15m, followed by Kieran McKeag in second with a 20.69m
  • Nickolette Dunbar got her season started with a second-place finish in the women’s shot put with a toss of 15.79m
  • Christian Edwards was second in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 15.93m
  • Louis Martinez finished third in the men’s pole vault after clearing 4.80m on his first attempt

Alabama on the Podium - Track Events

  • In his first race for the Crimson Tide, Mason Phillips won the men’s 60 meters in a time of 6.73
  • Phillips followed up his 60m win with a third-place effort in the 300 meters after crossing the line with a 33.09
  • Leander Forbes gave UA another meet record when he ran a 1:01.43 to win the men’s 500 meters
  • Hillary Cheruiyot (4:07.17) and Jacob Wiggers (4:19.54) went 1-2 in the men’s mile
  • Amari Brown (7.42) and Milan Fields (7.48) went 2-3 in the women’s 60 meters, the first race of the Crimson Tide’s indoor season
  • Jacob Lamb (2:24.90) and Arthur Graham (2:28.75) finished second and third in the men’s 1,000 meters
  • Christal Mosley took third place in the women’s 300 meters in a time of 37.86
  • Bianca Carroccio posted a 1:15.65 in the women’s 500 meters to finish third
  • Kerri Walsh finished third in the women’s 3,000 meters in a time of 9:52.47

Up Next

  • After opening the season on Friday with the Blazer Invitational, Alabama returns to action on Saturday at the Birmingham Crossplex with the Vulcan Invitational
  • The Crimson Tide opens the Vulcan Invitational at 10 a.m. CT with the 60 meters and closes the day at 4:30 p.m. CT with the 4x400-meter relays

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