Junior Ruebin Walters had the top individual showing for the University of Alabama track team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships when he finished second in the 110-meter hurdles Friday.
It was the Crimson Tide’s best finish in the event since Ron Bramlett won the hurdles in both 2001 and 2002.
Walters ran the finals in 13.54 seconds. Florida freshman Grant Holloway placed first at 13.49.
“The race was really good,” Walters said in a release. “I think I let Grant get away a little too much from me in the first five hurdles — I was a little too cautious, but I’m still thankful for the second place finish. I closed really well at the end, but it’s only 110 meters, so there’s only so much you can do within that distance. This season has been tremendous. I started peaking just at the right time in my season and it’s been great out here this week.”
Junior Jereem Richards finished third in the 200 in 20.55. Tennessee’s Christian Coleman won in 20.25 to sweep the 100 and 200. Richards had qualified with the second-best time in the semifinals.
Senior Steven Gayle finished seventh in the 400, in 45.49, senior Joe Williams placed 11th in the discus and senior Klyvens Delaunay was 23rd in the triple jump.
“I’m happy with the result,” Gayle said. “I took all of last year off and I accomplished my goal this year. I came here and made the finals. I gave it my all at the end of the day and I’m happy with the results.
The 4×400-meter relay team of freshman Will Allen, Richards, sophomore Skyler Bowden and Gayle closed the season for the Crimson Tide men by placing sixth. They qualified in 3:03.26, the fourth-fastest time in school history.
Florida won the team title for the second straight year, with Texas A&M second. Alabama came into the meet ranked third, but finished 10th.
“We fought hard in a lot of different places,” Coach Dan Waters said. “We went to the well indoors to try to win the conference championship, tried to score well at indoor nationals, SEC outdoors, regionals and outdoor nationals. Every time we asked the team to step up and do something special they absolutely did. I couldn’t be prouder of that competitiveness. That’s what will put us over the top. A top-10 finish is nice but in order to achieve the goals of this program, we have to be able to come to championships and compete. Hopefully, we can build on what we did here this week.”
Saturday will mark the end of the 2016-17 athletic calendar in Alabama sports when the finals in most women’s events are held. Sophomore Stacey Destin competes in the high jump, along with the relay team of Quanesha Burks, Diamond Gause, Symone Darius and Takyera Roberson in the 4×100-meter final.
Their time of 43.08 seconds was both the second fastest in the semifinals, and in school history, behind their 42.91 at the NCAA East Regional.
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) June 10, 2017
It’s the only women’s event Alabama had someone reach the final from Thursday’s competition:
• Burks, who won NCAA long-jump titles in both the indoor (2016) and outdoor (2015) championships, finished 11th with 20-7 (6.27m).
• Senior Lakan Taylor, in the 2017 indoor champion in the pole vault, placed tied for eighth by clearing 13-7 ¼ (4.15m).
• Freshman Samantha Zelden was 13th in the javelin. Her 168-4 (51.31m) was the sixth-best in school history.
• Junior Danielle McConnell placed 16thin the women’s hammer throw 200-3 (61.05m).
— Alabama Track&Field (@AlabamaTrack) June 9, 2017