Three Tide athletes close out season at nationals

By Caroline Gwaltney The Crimson White

June 14, 2007

Tuscaloosa, AL (CSTV U-WIRE) -- Despite the youth of the Alabama men's track and field team, they took three athletes to the national championships in Sacramento, but were unable to advance any of them to the final events.

"I knew this would be a tough meet for us," head coach Harvey Glance said. "The great thing is these three young guys got some experience. They are all eager for next year to start already."

Freshman Tyler Boswell competed in his first NCAA Championships in the high jump. He cleared the opening height of 6-08.75 in the first round on his third attempt after barely missing on his first two attempts. Though he didn't qualify for the final round, he finished 17th overall.

Boswell received an at-large bid for the NCAA National Championship in the high jump after finishing in 11th place at the NCAA Regionals. His height of 7-01.75 at the SEC Championships earned him the 16th seed in the field of 18 jumpers.

Sophomore Augustus Maiyo recorded a time of 8:45.76 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, which was good for a ninth place finish in his heat and 17 overall. He missed advancing to Friday's finals by less than three seconds.

Maiyo also won the NCAA Mideast Regional in Columbia, Mo., and his time of 8:35.12, a personal best, placed him as the fourth seed in the field of 26 runners.

Freshman Emmanuel Bor turned in a time of 14:39.90 in the 5,000 meter run, which placed him ninth in his heat. This was Bor's second NCAA Championship as he also reached the NCAA Championship in the indoor season.

Bor finished eighth at the NCAA Mideast Regional, which placed him in the running for an at-large bid to the NCAA National Championships.

Maiyo, who finished second at the SEC Championships to Ole Miss runner Barnabus Kiriu, was in the front pack for the entire race at regionals and was in second place coming into the final turn behind Kiriu. Down the final stretch Maiyo out sprinted Kiriu and caught him at the finish line to win the regional championship by three-tenths of a second.

"I am real proud of Maiyo. He has worked so hard for this success," Glance said. "To be an NCAA Regional champ in this region is pretty impressive."

Maiyo's time of 8:35.12 in the regional was the third fastest time in the country this season and nearly six seconds faster than his previous best.

Freshman Tyler Boswell competed in his first NCAA regional in the high jump. He jumped a height of 6-09 which was good enough for an 11th place finish.

"To come into this meet as a freshman and qualify for the NCAA Championship is quite an accomplishment," Glance said. "He has an extremely bright future here at Alabama."

Glance saw a lot of promise throughout the season and certainly sees a bright future.

"It has been a fine season," Glance added. "We lost a lot of seniors from last years team, and next year we should be a lot better."

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