Maiyo Wins Steeplechase, Tide Men in Fifth at the SEC Outdoors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—Augustus Maiyo won Alabama’s first SEC Outdoor individual title since 2002 and Abraham Kutingala placed third for the second night in a row as the Alabama men’s track and field team moved into a fifth place tie heading into the final day of competition at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

In the final event of the evening, Maiyo captured the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a personal best 8:41.01 to become the Tide’s first individual event winner at the outdoor championships since Ron Bramlett captured the 110m hurdles in 2002.

“I just ran my race, and there were no surprises,” Maiyo said.  “I wanted to win an SEC championship and that was my motivation.  It means a lot to me and feels great.”

Kutingala took third place in the steeplechase with a personal best as well, 8:48.00.  The Tide freshman has now scored 12 of Alabama 22 points with his two third place finishes.

Alabama head coach Harvey Glance was excited about his team’s performance on the day.

“An SEC champion—it’s always good to come to a meet and have that kind of talent,” Glance said.  “I’m real pleased with how the day went.  It was a great night.  We’ve been working hard to get the program back to respectability.  We have a lot of guys in finals tomorrow and we will keep rocking-and-rolling.  It was a great day for the Tide.”

Chauncey Harris, Michael Cooley and Byron Gibson all advanced through the preliminaries of their events to the finals on Sunday.  Chauncey Harris won his section of the 100m dash with a time of 10.42 to advance to the final.  After winning a section of the 200m on Friday night, Cooley ran a season best 46.68 to win his section of the 400m dash and advance to Sunday’s final.  Byron Gibson advanced to the final of the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.18.

Also competing for the Tide on Saturday, in the preliminaries of the 1,500m run, Ian Rawlinson and Titus Koeh just missed advancing to the final with times of 3:51.61 and 3:52.70, respectively.  In the long jump, Paul Wynn and Charlie Coleman finished 12th and 13th respectively with both recording leaps of 22’10” and in the 110m hurdles, Marcus Siwemuke ran 14.43 to finish 14th overall.

The Tide will wrap up competition in the SEC Championships on Sunday.

Team Standings

1.  Arkansas                47

2.  Florida                    30

3.  Tennessee               29

4.  LSU                       26

5.  Alabama                 22

5.  S. Carolina             22

7.  Kentucky               20

7.  Ole Miss                 20

9.  Georgia                  9

10.Miss. State             6

11.Auburn                   3