TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza has a new addition.
The University of Alabama’s 2018 SEC Indoor Track & Field championship team was honored in a “Celebration of Champions” ceremony on Friday afternoon.
Former Crimson Tide broadcaster Tom Roberts served as master of ceremonies, with Director of Athletics Greg Byrne sparking and track & field coach Dan Waters answering questions before the unveiling of the new engraving on the track section.
The Crimson Tide men won the title on the final day of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at Texas A&M in February. Alabama entered the day in second place and won behind a 21-point performance in the 5,000 meters and four additional top-three finishes.
"It took us down to the final event and we were sweating it out," said an emotional Waters, before presenting his wife Jen with one of the team's SEC championship pendants.
“This means a lot for the kids,” Waters added. “They came here and believed in us and decided they were going to put their faith and trust in our coaching and get an education at The University of Alabama. We have some of the best athletes in the country on this team and it’s great to have them recognized because they deserve it.”
It was the program's first conference championship since 1972.
The team will receive championship rings during a halftime ceremony at Saturday’s football game against Texas A&M.