May 16, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Alabama men's track and field team resumed competition at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday in James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track.
"It was one of those nights where we didn't get any points up top, but got some at the middle of the pack," head coach Harvey Glance said. "Anytime you score in the SEC, you're doing an outstanding job of competing.
In the 1,500m prelims, the top four of two heats and the next four fastest times qualify for the finals on Sunday. Emmanuel Bor advanced out of the first heat by finishing fourth in his heat with a time of 3:52.34.
Tyler Campbell earned valuable points in the high jump for Alabama. The true freshman cleared the bar set at 6-8 3/4 to tie for fourth place. Tyler Boswell tied for 10th after clearing 6-6 3/4.
"For Tyler to be able to score as a freshman is pretty amazing," Glance said. "I think with the way his season has gone this year, to battle back from injury and be a scorer is great and he did a pretty good job for our program."
Ray Jadusingh failed to advance to Sunday's 100m finals after running a time of 10.47 putting him just .07 seconds from the ninth available spot in the final.
"Ray ran a regional time and ended up being just short of the finals," Glance said. "I promise you the time he ran would score in any other conference. It's just disappointing from that perspective, but he ran a great race and came up just short. It's a tough league to make finals and score points. We'll come back tomorrow and see if we can have a better final day than we had today."
After running in second place for most of the 3,000m steeplechase, Abraham Kutingala eventually fell off the pace with about a lap and a half remaining as he fell to fifth place in the competitive race. Kutingala ran a time of 8:58.82.
"This was Abraham's last year and he wanted to do extremely well and go out with a bang," Glance said. "Unfortunately things didn't quite work out the way he wanted them to, but he still scored. Of course Bor made it through to the finals and he's the type of guy that should qualify so we're looking forward to his race tomorrow."
Arkansas currently leads the 11-team SEC standings (Vanderbilt does not have a men's team) with 53 points and is followed by Georgia who has 52. LSU is in third with 46.50 points and Alabama is in eighth with 18.50 points.
The men will return to the track on Sunday for the 4x100m relay set for 5:00 p.m. EST.