March 24, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's track and field team opens their 2010 outdoor season on Thursday when they host the annual Alabama Relays sponsored by Beynon Sports Surfaces, March 25-28 at the Sam Bailey Track and Field Complex located adjacent to Coleman Coliseum. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Crimson Tide will host Southeastern Conference foes Auburn, Mississippi and Mississippi State as well as Cincinnati, Indiana, Alabama-Huntsville, Birmingham-Southern, Samford and Southern Mississippi. In addition, there will be several elite-level professional athletes making the trip to Tuscaloosa to compete. A total of 29 men's teams will be in attendance this weekend.
The men's multi-event athletes will start competition on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. (CDT) and continue Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.
On Saturday, individual events begin at 8:50 a.m. with the 10,000m run and will be competed throughout the day as the last event is scheduled for 5:25 p.m.
The men's hammer throw gets competition rolling along at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday with field event competition until 11:30 a.m. The relay events are slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. while the last event is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Results for the meet will be available through www.cfpitiming.com as well as www.RollTide.com after each day of competition has concluded.
Fans can find more information about the meet at the Alabama Relays Meet Central page http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-track/spec-rel/2010-alabama-relays.html.
The Alabama men's track and field team is coming off its best finish at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships since 2002 when the team finished runner-up. The No. 26-ranked squad claimed a 26th place team finish with eight points. True freshman Kirani James earned All-American honors, placing second in the 400m dash in which he ran a time of 45.63. James also set a new indoor junior world record during the indoor season with his time of 45.24.
Throughout the indoor season, the Tide tallied one All-American and one All-SEC performer in addition to garnering the SEC Men's Freshman Runner of the Year. Alabama athletes posted eight marks or times that rank in the indoor top 10 in school history including one school record.