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Alabama's Quanesha Burks competed in her last collegiate meet at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last week in Eugene, Ore.

Alabama athletics: Second-place relay, hurdles finishes cap sports year

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at a strong finish to Alabama’s sports year. 

Alabama finished its sports year with a school-record second-place finish in the women’s 4×100 relay. The 42.58-second relay by Quanesha Burks, Diamond Gause, Symone Darius and Takyera Roberson fell just short of Kentucky’s 42.51, and equaled Alabama’s best finish of the weekend. The women’s team finished 28th.

Alabama’s other runner-up came a day earlier, when Ruebin Walters finished second in the 110 hurdles at 13.54 seconds. That mark helped lift Alabama to a 10th-place finish on the men’s side. It was the team’s best performance since 2001.


Built by Bama

• Reuben Foster signed his rookie contract, likely making around $10 million. The contract will cover four years, with a team option for a fifth year that must be exercised after the third. Financially, San Francisco isn’t the ideal landing spot because half of his checks will be subject to California’s 13.3 percent state income tax, and the cost of living in the Bay Area is among the highest in the country. But I think he’ll be OK.

• Dru Love got the call up to the U.S. Open after finishing qualifying as an alternate. His father, Davis Love III, will be his caddie — hopefully, on Father’s Day.

• Here’s a video of Mark Ingram lip-syncing to Whitesnake.

Around the Capstone

Brad Bohannon added former Louisiana Tech and South Alabama assistant Jerry Zulli to his baseball staff on Friday. The hire emphasizes the program’s laser focus on recruiting. Zulli comes to Alabama after serving as recruiting coordinator and hitting coach for South Alabama’s 2013 NCAA Tournament run and Sun Belt championship in 2015.

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Correction: Ruebin Walters’ first name was misspelled in the original post.