Track Athletes Competing at NCAAs

An emotional, grueling season will finally come to an end this weekend for the University of Alabama men's track and field team.

Led by a cast of seniors, the Crimson Tide will have four athletes competing for national championships in five different events at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California.

Senior All-American Latonel Williams will be the busiest athlete for the Tide this weekend competing in both the 100m and 200m races. Williams won the 200m NCAA Mideast Region championship two weeks ago and finished in the top five in the 100m to earn spots in both events at the NCAA Championship.

Senior Isaac Robinson posted a mark of 25'04.50" in the long jump at the regional meet. His jump was long enough to earn an at-large qualifying spot.

Senior Peter Kiprono also posted an at-large qualifying time of 29:07.64 to earn a berth in the 10k event this weekend.

Freshman Peter Etoot, the SEC Cross Country Freshman of the Year, posted the third fastest time in the 800m at the regional meet qualifying him for the national meet.

Alabama has had 20 different athletes claim 25 different national championships, 11 of which have come during the outdoor season. The Crimson Tide's best team finish in the NCAA Championship meet was a third place finish during the 1983 season. Most recently, Alabama finished sixth at the 2001 NCAA Championship meet.

The men's meet is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 10:45 with the preliminaries for the 100m. The final event of the meet is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. Saturday with the finals of the men's 4x400m relay.

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