3 Distance PRs Highlight Tide's Strong Opening Day at Mt. SAC

April 18, 2014

WALNUT, Calif. - The University of Alabama track and field team began its weekend of competition on Thursday night at the Mt. SAC Relays with a handful of impressive performances at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

"We had some solid performances this evening," Alabama head coach Dan Waters said. "We competed with good focus and intensity and took advantage of some favorable weather conditions. It was great to set a few personal records. Hopefully, tonight's performances set the tone and give us some momentum to build upon heading into Friday and Saturday's events."

Sophomore Parker Deuel, a Golden State native, kicked off Alabama's weekend with a fourth-place performance in section A of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Deuel set a new personal record with his time of 9:02.00, which ranks tenth in school history.

Freshman Allison Gregg followed that with a personal record in section A of the women's 10,000-meter run. Gregg's time of 35:42.56 earned her an eighth-place finish in her section and ranks tenth in school history.

In the women's invitational 10,000-meter run, sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf clocked a new personal record of 34:38.59, good for sixth all-time in Alabama history. Greenleaf's previous personal best in the event was 34:52.13, set at the 2013 Mt. SAC Relays.

Sophomores Justin Ahalt (31:40.71) and Andrew Faris (31:45.28) made their debuts in the 10,000-meter run by competing in section B of the event, Alabama's final event of the evening.

The Crimson Tide resumes action Friday at 12 p.m. CT with a full day of events across all disciplines.

Alabama Results
Mt. SAC Relays - Day One
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Men
3,000-meter steeplechase (Collegiate A) - 4. Parker Deuel, 9:02.00.
10,000 meters (Collegiate B) - 22. Justin Ahalt, 31:40.71; 24. Andrew Faris, 31:45.28.

Women
10,000 meters (Collegiate A) - 8. Allison Gregg, 35:42.56
10,000 meters (Invitational) - 16. Katelyn Greenleaf, 34:38.59

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