COLUMBIA, Mo. Alabama’s men track and field team opened competition at the 2007 Mideast Regional at Audrey J. Walton Stadium on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
“It has been a frustrating first day,” head coach Harvey Glance said. “We have been extremely close is several events. I think we are much better than what we are showing right now. This meet has been just like most of our season, extremely close to making something happen but that is what you get with a young team like ours.”
Freshman Emmanuel Bor turned in a time of 14:07.7 in the 5000m, which earned him an eighth place finish. He did not earn an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA national championship race in Sacrament, but could still get at at-large birth because of his season performance and top eight finish.
In the discus Alabama seniors Steven Boozer and Jason Dixon both competed after throwing NCAA regional marks every time out this season. Boozer qualified for the finals and finished seventh overall with his distance of 176-03. Dixon threw 172-02 which was good enough for tenth overall.
The 4 x 100 relay team finished tenth overall with a time of 40.30.
Junior Michael Cooley turned in a time of 21.20 in the 200m, which placed him third in his heat and missed tomorrows finals by one-hundredth of a second, he finished tenth overall.
The Tide will continue at tomorrows NCAA Mideast Regionals with Tyler Boswell in the high jump, scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. and Augustus Maiyo in the 3000m steeplechase which is slated to start at 6:15 p.m.