The Alabama men’s track and field team followed up a good showing Friday night with an even better one Saturday afternoon at the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa adding two more NCAA qualifying marks and a new school record.
The Tide’s 4x400 meter relay team of Lemual Clayborn, LaChristopher Lewis, Peter Etoot and Michael Cooley broke Alabama’s 12-year-old school record in the event by running a 3:08.02 to qualify for the NCAA championship.
Augustus Maiyo ran a personal best 8:04.14 to finish fourth in the 3,000 and qualify provisionally for the NCAAs.
Alabama head coach Harvey Glance was proud of his team’s accomplishments.
“This was an outstanding meet for us following what we did last week at Notre Dame,” Glance said. “Friday night we qualified in the DMR and the 200m and today we added a qualifier in the 3,000 and topped it off with a qualifier and the fastest 4x400 in school history. I’m really proud of these guys.”
In addition to Maiyo and the 4x400 teams’ performance, Chauncey Harris followed up his victory Friday night in the 200 with a third place finish in the 60 and Ian Rawlinson ran his best race since joining the Tide, finishing sixth in the mile with a time of 4:08.02. Abraham Kutingala also set a personal best in the 3,000 with a time of 8:12.07.
Alabama returns to action at the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla. Feb. 24-26.