BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — senior heptathlete Alex Spyridonidis and senior high jumper Dontavious Hill each won silver on the final day of the 2022 SEC Indoor Championships at Gilliam Indoor Stadium on Saturday to highlight the Tigers’ performances.
Hill ran through the first five heights, clearing each on his first attempt, before missing at 2.23m and 2.26m. His silver medal height of 2.20m/7-2.5 was his best performance at SEC Indoors in his four-year career as he became the first Tiger since Ryan Fleck in 2009 and 2010 to earn second place in consecutive years of competition. Hill ended his SEC Indoor career with four straight performances.
Spyridonidis displayed PR in the 60m hurdles and 1000m on Saturday to climb from fifth place after day one to the podium on Saturday. The Hannover, Germany native also clocked a season-best 5.05m/16-6.75 in the pole vault. His second place finish was the best by a Tiger athlete since Maurice Smith won the SEC titles in 2004 and 2005.
Teammate John Murray had a career weekend, finishing sixth with a PR 5,465 points, becoming the No. 4 in Auburn history in the event. Murray set personal bests in five of the seven events.
Senior Presley Weems finished fourth in the women’s 800, crossing in 2:04.37, marking the best finish ever by an Auburn woman in the event at the conference indoor meet.
all american Joyce Kimeli, bronze medalist Friday in the 5000m, returned Saturday to finish sixth in the 3000m, crossing in 9:04.74. It was the third fastest time in school history. Kimeli finished his Auburn indoor conference career with 57 points, the most in Auburn history. During her four-year indoor career, Kimeli won two SEC championships, three silver medals and one bronze.
Launcher Maura Huwaltafter an eighth-place finish Friday in the shot put, matched that effort in the shot put, throwing 15.83m / 51-11.25 to score for the second event in as many days.
Day 1 of the championships saw Kimeli, James Courson and junior Kyle Brown all won bronze in their respective events. Kimeli, the 2021 SEC indoor champion in the 3,000 and 5,000m won bronze in the 5,000m in 15:53.95, her sixth medal at the meet during her storied career at Auburn.
A 2021 silver medalist in the men’s pole vault, Courson cleared 5.26m/17-3 on his second attempt at the height to finish third. Courson became the first Tiger jumper to medal in back-to-back SEC indoor championships since Clark Humphreys in 1996-97.
Making his first SEC podium appearance, Brown threw for 21.52m/70-7.25 on his fifth attempt to lock in bronze and become the first Auburn man to medal in the event. since Jacob Dunkleberger won gold in 2008.
In the team standings, the women finished 10th with 20 points while the men tied for 10th with 33 points. Arkansas swept both tag team titles.
The Tigers will now await offers from the NCAA that go to the top 16 individual and relay nationally. The NCAA Indoor Championships will take place March 11-12 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham.
DRY INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Day 2
Gilliam indoor stadium
Bryan-College Station, TX
February 26, 2022
4. Presley Weems 2:04.37
6. Joyce Kimeli 9:04.74
24. Hallie Porterfield 9:33.92
Kamiya Dendy NH
Grayson Scott NH
Janaya Jones MISTAKE
Lexie Leinnewweber NH
Rhiannon outfit NH
8. Maura Huwalt 15.83m/51-11.25
16. Jocelyn Budwig 14.99m/49-2.25
Hept 60m hurdles
4. Alex Spyridonidis 8.22*
5. John Murray 8.32
12. david edmondson 9:35 a.m.
Pole Vault Hept
2. Alex Spyridonidis 5.05m/16-6.75
8. John Murray 4.35m/14-3.25*
11. david edmondson 3.95m/12-11.5*
3. Alex Spyridonidis 2:42.88*
7. david edmondson 2:45.71*
11. John Murray 2:58.09*
2. Alex Spyridonidis 5,786 stitches
6. John Murray 5,465 points*
11. david edmondson 5,031 dots
11. Tommy McDonough 8:07.96*
19. ryan kinnane 8:16.98
23. Carson Bedics 8:17.75*
29. Cooper Atkins 8:23.96
2. Dontavious Hill 2.20m/7-2.5
12. TJ Funches 2.01m/6-7
X. Zach Marinko NH
18. Ethan Richter 15.89m/52-1.75
19. Quinten Wynn 15.61m/51-2.75
*^ Best Staff