March 28, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The Alabama men's track and field team sent one athlete, Abraham Kutingala, to run against the nation's best distance runners at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif. late Friday night.
Kutingala ran a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 28:52.45 in the 10,000 meter race to finish 14th among the nation's elite. He bettered his lifetime best by 14 seconds and was just seven seconds from an automatic qualifying mark. Georgetown's Dan Nunn won the race crossing the line in 28:24.10.
Kutingala has now qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000m run three out of his four years at Alabama. The mark moves him from fifth to third in the Alabama school records in the event.
"Obviously a great evening for racing, that's why you fly out there," distance coach Joe Walker said. "The conditions were perfect and the pace was on auto qualifying time the entire race. He had a great run and he was really close to having a perfect race. He still got a mark that has qualified for the NCAA Championships, historically."
Kutingala and the Crimson Tide will return to the oval next week, April 3-4, in Gainesville, Fla. as they compete at the Florida Relays.