2009 Alabama Crimson Tide Track and Field
The 2008 season was not so remarkable for the Alabama Crimson Tide Track and Field men's team, as the team finished ninth at the 2008 SEC Championships. But as usual the three Alabama athletes Tyson David Augustus ,Maiyo and Emmanuel Bor were impressive throughout the season.
All of theme reached 2008 NCAA championship. Junior Tyson David won the 10,000-meter 2008 SEC title with a record time of 28:23.01. He also got the second place in the 5,000-meter with a time of 13:44.81.At NCAA, Maiyo finished ninth in the 3000 meter with a time of 8:43.52. Bor got the 11th place in the 5000 meters with a time of 13:53.39 and Tyson David got a third place finish in the 10,000 meters. Under the head coach Harvey Glance, the former World-class sprinter, the Alabama Crimson Tide Track and Field men's team looks not so promising for the next season.
Last Season's Discussion:
The Alabama Crimson Tide Track and Field men's team has two very impressive athletes who have been making major headlines in the Track and Field world. Emmanuel Bor and Augustus Maiyo both were participants in the World University Games which took place in Bangkok, Thailand this year. Bor, a sophomore on the team, set a person record in the finals which earned him a fourth place position with the time of 3:41:65. Bor had already set a personal record running the 1,500 meters that put him in his spot in the finals.
Bama's Bor had a stellar freshman year in the sport with the Southeastern Conference's Freshmen of the Year, and SEC's champion for indoors with the mile run, three NCAA National Qualifiers, two All-Regional, and three All-SEC honors.
Maiyo, who is a junior on the team, finished fifth place with a time of 8:35:13 in the steeplechase 3,000 meter run. As a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide track and field men's team, Maiyo has gained several honors in his two years. Maiyo has been a NCAA All-American, an NCAA National Qualifier four times, three times an All-Regional, the 2007 Mideast Regional Champion, Southeastern Conference Champion, and 2006 Cross country Freshman of the Year.
Both athletes will continue on with the Crimson Tide track and field men's team for the 2007 season.
2009 Alabama Crimson Tide womens Track and Field
The Alabama women's track and field team failed to display any outstanding performance on the track during the 2008 season. At the 2008 SEC Track and Field Championships, the team got a ninth-place finish. The team also finished ninth at the 2008 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. The key athletes of the team were sophomore Talaya Owens and senior Trish Bartholomew. At 2008 SEC , Talaya Owens placed third overall with a personal-best time of 57.76 in the 400-meter hurdles. Senior Trish Bartholomew won the 400 meters in a personal best time of 51.58 at the 2008 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships and became second in the 400 meters at NCAA Championships. Under the head coach Sandy Fowler, the Alabama women's track and field team looks not so promising for the next season.
Last Season's Discussion:
The Alabama Crimson Tide Women's Track and Field team has just as strong a team of athletes. They include freshmen Kimberly Laing and the sixty four team members which were awarded Southeastern Conference Academic Honors.
Laing participated in the Pan-American Junior Championships, which took place in Sao Paul, Brazil and won the bronze medal for her efforts. Earlier this year the freshman Alabama Crimson Tide track and field woman's team member won the Jamaican Junior National Championship for the 100 meter hurdles. Laing's time for the Pan-American Junior Championships was 13.85, which is her second best personal time in the span of her career. The qualifying time, which earned her a place on Team Jamaica for the Pan-American Junior Championships, was 13.67 at the Jamaican Junior National Championships.
The Tide's track and field women's team had 12 members awarded for academic excellence by the Southeastern Conference. In order to be granted this aware an athlete must maintain a 3.0 average while being on the team and hold that team position for the entirety of the NCAA Championship.
Out of the entire University the team had the second largest percentage of it's athletes earning the Southeastern Conference Academic Honors. With a total of 18.7% the only other team within the University to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide track and field women's team was the Alabama Crimson Tide track and field men's team with 14 athletes being selected.
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