Kirani James WL 45.37

Feb. 26, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The No. 17-ranked University of Alabama men’s track and field team completed its first full day of competition at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships, Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

“We had a great, great showing today,” UA head coach Harvey Glance said. “The most important thing is we’ve got nine athletes in finals so hopefully we’ll add more point tomorrow and leave here with a good result. I’m pleased with how this team has come together over the last month to have a strong meet so far.”

The day was highlighted by sophomore All-American Kirani James besting his 2011 world-best time by posting a 45.37 in the 400 meter dash preliminaries. James will look to bring home the SEC Individual title in the 400m on Sunday.

Senior Emmanuel Bor finished third in the 3,000m finals with an 8:02.07, while teammate Carrison Kemei posted an 8:13.81, good enough for seventh.

Michael Hughes finished fifth out of an impressive field in the heptathlon with a school record 5,339 points.

"He had a great performance over the last two days and did an outstanding job of doing seven events and setting a school record in the process,” Glance said.

The Crimson Tide has five athletes that qualified for four different final events on Sunday.

Alabama Results - SEC Indoor Championships
Saturday Finals

3,000m Final
3. Emmanuel Bor 8:02.07
7. Carrison Kemei 8:13.81

5. Michael Hughes 5,339 points

  • 60m: 7.13
  • Long Jump: 21-7.25
  • Shot Put: 44-2.75
  • High Jump: 5-8
  • 60m Hurdles: 8.75
  • Pole Vault: 16-8.75

Saturday Preliminaries (Qualifying Athletes Only)
60m Hurdles
7. Kamal Fuller 8.14


  1. Julius Bor 4:07.70
  2. Emmanuel Bor 4:08.67


  1. Kirani James 45.37

5. Fred Samoei 1:51.01

44.80 in the finals today for Kirani James

Kirani James breaks world junior indoor 400m bestYoung sprinter from Grenada clocks 44.80 for 400m in Fayetteville

Posted on February 28, 2011 by Jon Mulkeen

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Double world youth champion Kirani James smashed through the 45-second barrier for the first time in his career, breaking the world indoor 400m best in the process with his clocking of 44.80 at the SEC Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

James, the world junior 400m champion, broke the previous mark of 44.93 set by Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt on the same track six years ago. James’ performance is an absolute PB, faster than his outdoor best of 45.01.

The 18-year-old from Grenada now sits at No.3 on the world all-time indoor senior list behind world record-holder Kerron Clement (44.57) and world outdoor record-holder Michael Johnson (44.63).

The multi-talented Christian Taylor, 20, produced the other leading performance of the SEC Championships, winning the triple jump with a lifetime best of 17.36m. The 2007 world youth triple jump champion also boasts quality PBs of 8.19m in the long jump and 45.34 in the 400m. Taylor’s Florida team-mate, 19-year-old Will Claye, leapt 17.17m to finish second.

Former NCAA champion Lakya Brookins clocked her second-fastest time to date to win the women’s 60m in 7.14, while Kimberlyn Duncan set a world-leading 22.78 to win the 200m.