Notre Dame, Ind. The University of Alabama men’s track team concluded their second day of competition at the 20th annual Meyo Invitation at the University of Notre Dame Saturday Afternoon.
“I think today was tremendously better than yesterday, we had some runners on the national level today,” head coach Harvey Glance said.
Crimson Tide sprinter Michael Cooley won the only event of the weekend for the Tide when he tied for first in the 400m. His time of 47.18 was not only a personal best, but the 12th fastest time in the country this season, more importantly it was good enough to earn him a NCAA provisional mark for the national championship race.
Alabama also picked up two more provisional qualifiers in the 3,000m, freshman Emmanuel Bor and sophomore Augustus Maiyo. Bor’s time of 7:59.28 was a personal best for him and also fourth best in school history. Maiyo’s turned in a time of 8:03.96 which was also a personal best and places him seventh on Alabama’s all time list.
Sophomore Titus Korir competed in his first race of the season and turned in a time of 1:51.64 in the 800m, which is in the top five Southeastern Conference times this season.
Freshman Tyler Boswell jumped 6’9” in the high jump, which is a personal best and places him tied for 10th on the school all time list. That height is also one of the top five in the SEC this season as well.
Sophomore David Chaplin qualified for the finals in the 60m and finished overall in seventh place with a time of 6.93. In the 200m, his time of 21.76 was good for a fourth place finish.
The Tide 4 x 400 team finished in third place with a time of 3:12:02, the best time this season for the relay team.
“I thought everyone went out today and represented The University of Alabama very well,” Glance said. “Our main goal is to be competitive in the conference and get some guys to the national championship and we are well on our way after today’s meet.”
The Tide will compete at the Iowa State Invitational next weekend,