Men's Track & Field Gets Two Wins On Day One Of Alabama Relays
Chris Littleton

March 23, 2012


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Cincinnati student-athletes Darnell Gilbert and Chris Littleton won events while Eric Finan showed no rust in his outdoor debut on day one of the Alabama Relays at the Sam Bailey Track & Field Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Darius Howard won his heat and snagged a 12th-place finish in 100 meters, clocking 11.08. Dylan Bourelle was 16th with an 11.30 clocking.

Gilbert took top honors in the 400 meters, clocking 47.88 to defeat the second place runner by nearly two seconds. Bryan Maldinger was seventh in 50.31.

Finan, the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Cross Country Champion and an All-American, made his outdoor debut and was the top collegian in the 5,000 meters, clocking 14:34.27 to place second behind former Alabama All-American Augustus Maiyo. Finan's time is the fourth-fastest in the nation this season.

Kevin Fink took 13th in the 5,000 and Greg Sanders was 14th, clocking times of 15:24.88 and 15:29.26, respectively.

Bryan Cain won his heat in the 400 hurdles, clocking 55.98 and placing seventh overall. Steven Mitchell did not finish his heat.

Chase Beckmann, Tyler Ross and Kyle Lang finished 2-3-4 in the 3,000 steeplechase with times of 9:26.13, 9:40.87 and 9:44.01, respectively.

The 4x200 relay squad of Howard, Bourelle, Mitchell and Gilbert placed fifth with a time of 1:29.01.



Kyle Donthnier, Michael Nwankwo and Matt Bova finished 2-3-6 in flight one of the men's long jump with marks of 6.40m, 6.33m and 6.15m, respectively. Donthnier was ninth overall, Nwankwo took 11th and Bova was 15th.

Kyle Kubera tied for fourth in the pole vault while Josh Dangel took seventh and Colt Robinson placed eighth. Kubera cleared 4.75m, Dangel was over the bar at 4.60m as was Robinson who lost a jump off to Dangel.

Littleton threw 49.40 to win the discus, throwing that distance on his second of six tosses. Josh Province took fifth with a heave of 38.53m.

Province also took fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 43.64m.

The relays continue Satuday in Tuscaloosa. Live results are available at