Saturday was a successful day at the Alabama Relays for the Crimson Tide’s men’s track team. The Tide men posted three NCAA Regional qualifying marks at Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium
“I said the other day that this team has a chance to qualify regionally in 16 of 21 events,” Alabama head coach Harvey Glance said. “We are certainly off to a good start.”
The Tide men were led by Augustus Maiyo and Abraham Kutingala in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Maiyo finished first in the event with a time of 8:45.54 just over three seconds off the meet record and 22 seconds better than the NCAA regional qualifying standard. Kutingala took second in the steeplechase with a qualifying time of 8:56.56.
“For Maiyo, the first time ever to run the event, that’s pretty fast, especially this early in the season,” Alabama head coach Harvey Glance said. “I know that he shocked me and I’m sure it did coach Walker as well. That was a good start for Kutingala as well. I’m excited to have two guys in the steeple that are that fast and in NCAA regionals.”
Marcus Siwemuke also qualified for NCAA regionals for Alabama in the 110 meter hurdles. Siwemuke finished third overall with a time of 14.26 seconds.
“Marcus qualified on his first meet outdoors this season,” Glance said. “I’m really proud of these guys.”
Ron Riley added a ninth place finish in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.24.
The Tide’s throwers had a good day as well. Jason Dixon got the Tide started early in the morning finishing second in his first hammer throw competition at Alabama. Dixon finished second in the event with a throw of 171-11. Freshman Grant Stone took third in the javelin with a throw of 189-01.
In the sprints, Michael Cooley took third in the men’s 200 meter dash with a time of 21.42. LaChristopher Lewis, competing unattached, finished fourth with a time of 21.45. Lewis also went on to win the long jump with a mark of 24-07.25.
Titus Koeh and Jeff Fedler finished third and sixth respectively in the 800 meter run. Koeh ran the event in 1:51.79 while Fedler completed the run in 1:54.18. Alabama senior runner Kevin McDonough took second in the 5,000 meter run, finishing with a time of 14:50.59.
The Tide took three of the top four spots in the pole vault. Brandon Schneider won the event with a personal best of 16-00.75. Matt Vogtner took second with a height of 15-07.00 and Jeremy Protz was fourth with a height of 14-07.25.
The Tide will complete competition at the Alabama relays on Sunday. Alabama will compete in all eight relay races looking to win their eighth straight Alabama Relays Championship. Admission to the event is free.
“We held out a lot of guys today who didn’t run,” Glance said. “We wanted to load up for the relay races tomorrow because winning is important.”