Oct. 6, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For the third time in the past two years and the first this season, Tyson David of the Alabama men's cross country team was named the SEC Male Athlete of the Week. David led the Alabama to a win over No. 1 Oregon on Friday, Oct. 2 at the Bill Dellinger Invitational.
In addition to leading the Crimson Tide over the Ducks, the squad also defeated nationally ranked teams in No. 8 Portland, No. 12 BYU and No. 18 Cal Poly.
"It is a nice honor for Tyson to be recognized as the SEC Athlete of the Week," cross country coach Joe Walker said. "I know that whenever he competes he sets very high goals for himself and this past week was one in which he achieved what he set out to do."
At the Bill Dellinger Invitational, David defeated 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championship All-Americans in Oregon's Alfred Kipchumba and Luke Puskedra as well as UTEP's Nicodemus Ng'etich.
David claimed the individual title with a time of 23:37.71. That time ranks as the second-fastest 8,000 meter time in the SEC this year. His mark was 48 seconds faster than his time two weeks ago at the Crimson Classic. David and his 8,000m time now rank as the eighth fastest time ever run at the Springfield Country Club Course (8k).