Track team bursts from starting blocks

Prior to this weekend's season opening track meet in Lexington, Kentucky, The University of Alabama head men's track and field coach Harvey Glance said he thought his team would be competitive and challenge some top times in school history. <br><br>His team did not disappoint him.

Four athletes posted times and marks high enough to shuffle around the Top 10 marks in school history in four different events.

Junior Jeff Fedler's time of 1:50.21 in the 800m was not only the third fastest time in school history but a personal best and only .01 seconds off the NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:50.20. Fedler finished second in the event.

Freshman Steven Boozer made an immediate impact in the Tide's field events when he posted a mark of 49'06.25" in the weight throw, the third farthest throw in school history.

Sophomore Chauncey Harris claimed sixth place in the 200m while posting the ninth fastest time in school history with a mark of 21.36.

Sophomore Peter Etoot continued his long distance success as he claimed the meet championship in the mile event running a time of 4:07.43. It was the eighth fastest time in school history and a personal best for Etoot.

Freshman Alex Korir also had an impressive debut on the Alabama track team as he was top collegian to finish in the 3k running a personal best time of 8:15.68.

"We had some good things happen at this meet," said Glance. "This is a young squad and they're still developing, but I'm very proud of how they performed today."

Also posting personal bests throughout the meet where sophomore Tyler Stanfield (8:25.28) and junior Kevin McDonough (8:32.48) in the 3k and sophomores Byron Gibson (8.10) and Marcus Siwemuke (8.48) in the 60m hurdles.

Alabama will be in action again next weekend at the Niswonger Invitational in Johnson City, Tennessee. The meet is scheduled to begin on Friday, January 23.


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