Men's track signs four

In an effort to improve his team's depth this season, University of Alabama head men's track and field coach Harvey Glance has added four late signees for the 2004 season.

Lem Clayborn, Alex Korir, Jeremy Protz and David Vondruska will all wear the Crimson and White this season, causing some excitement for Glance.

"All four of these athletes give us overall depth that we need to have a complete program," said Glance. "Each one of them is a good athlete that can step in and help us right away, especially in relay situations."

Clayborn, a junior transfer from Hinds Community College where he was the only finalist on the team during his two years there, will compete primarily in the 200m and 400m sprints.

Korir, a freshman from Nakuru, Kenya, will look to help strengthen an already strong distance program. He placed 14th in the 2003 Nairobi International Marathon while being named as the Most Promising Athlete in Kenya in 2002.

Protz, an accomplished pole vaulter from Scottsboro, Alabama helped lead Scottsboro High School to the 5A 2003 Indoor and Outdoor State Championships while setting the state outdoor pole vault record with a jump of 15'01.00.

Vondruska comes to the Capstone from Neratovice, Czech Republic where he helped claim the U-23 national championship in the 4x400m relay. He will primarily run the 800m events.

The Crimson Tide opens their season on January 16 in Lexington, Kentucky at the Kentucky Invitational.

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