March 29, 2009
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Alabama Relays Complete Results
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's track and field team wrapped up competition as host of the Alabama Relays Sunday. On a chilly day at Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium, the fourth day of the meet consisted of field events in the morning with relays following on the track during the afternoon.
"Although the sun was out, we ran into the windiest day of competition today," head coach Harvey Glance said. "It's hard to get fast times because the wind plays such bad tricks with you, but our guys, they really did show up today. They executed great in the 4x100 meter relay and we got that regional qualifier under very windy conditions and then the 4x400m relay, which was just an unbelievable way to close the competition. We missed regionals by .51 and that's remarkable. I think that's certainly an event we will qualify in."
In their first event on the oval, the Crimson Tide won the 4x100m relay with a NCAA Regional qualifying time of 40.32. Also garnering regional qualifying marks were Hampton (40.62) and Mississippi State (40.66) finishing in second and third place, respectively.
In the high jump, Tyler Boswell finished sixth with a leap of 6-8 3/4, just missing the regional qualifying mark at the next height of 6-10 3/4. Keith Moffatt, competing unattached, won the event clearing the bar set at 7-5.
Alabama turned in a third place finish in the distance medley relay, consisting of legs in order of 1200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, running a time of 10:22.50. Mississippi won the race with a time of 10:06.71.
Closing the day with the always exciting 4x400m relay, Alabama, Western Kentucky, and Sprint Athletics all took turns leading throughout the race with Alabama coming out on top as they closed a 10 meter gap on Western Kentucky passing them down the backstretch for the victory. Alabama was just. 51 seconds off a regional qualifying time running 3:10.51. Western Kentucky was second and Sprint Athletics was third with times of 3:11.56 and 3:12.10, respectively.
"Just coming off this meet, I saw some things that I didn't think that I'd be seeing this year so I'm real optimistic about the season," Glance said. "This type of performance may teach my guys what I've been preaching all along and that's to get people excited about us and we have to do exciting things in order for that to happen."
Many members of the Crimson Tide football squad including Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, Javier Arenas, Terry Grant and former Alabama running back Glen Coffee turned out to cheer on the track team Sunday afternoon.
"For everybody to empty the stands and the football team coming out and embracing our guys was great," Glance said. "We support Coach Saban and his guys 100 percent so for these guys to come out and support our track team is a win-win situation. The environment that you saw was electrifying and that's what we're trying to create."
The Crimson Tide will return to the oval next week in Gainesville, Fla. for the Florida Relays. The meet will take place April 3-4 at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.