May 2, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's and women's track teams will compete in its final tune up for the SEC Championships by participating at the Mississippi Open Saturday afternoon. The one day event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex.
Saturday's meet will feature some of the top teams from the region including individuals from Florida, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Jackson State and Memphis, as well as several others.
The Alabama men wrapped up the Drake Relays with more impressive times as it takes one step closer to the SEC Championships. In the relay portion of the meet the Crimson Tide placed sixth overall in the 4x100 and posted the fifth fastest time at the meet with a time of 40.72.
In the 4x1600 relay the distance squad placed seventh overall with a time of 17:03.86. Individually, Paul Guevara finished fifth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 31:16.90. Joe Purpura finished 11th overall with a 31:45.76. Tim Grier once again impressed in the 400 hurdles by finishing fourth overall with a time of 51.03.
The Alabama women also wrapped up the Drake Relays last weekend. In the relay portion of the meet the Crimson Tide placed fifth overall in the 4x100 relay with a time of 45.85. The Tide earned a seventh place finish in the 4x200 with a time of 1:40.14.
Individually, Betty Rotich placed second overall in the 5000 meters with a finish of 16:41.26. In the 400 hurdles, Talaya Owens broke the 60-second mark with a time of 59.91 to finish sixth overall.
Alabama will train through the week to prepare for the SEC Championships. The meet is slated to begin on Thursday, May 15 at the Hutsell-Rosen Track on the Auburn campus.