Alabama track & field’s Jereem Richards and Steven Gayle secured positions on the Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica national teams, respectively, on Sunday and will compete in the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, Aug. 4-13 in London, England.
At the Trinidad & Tobago National Open Championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Richards sprinted to victory in the men’s 200 meters in 20.15, the sixth-fastest time in Alabama history. Gayle finished third in the men’s 400 meters in 45.09 at the Jamaica National Senior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.
Alabama will see five members of the 2017 track and field team compete at the world championships inlcuding Richards, Gayle, Quanesha Burks (USA/women’s long jump), Ruebin Walters (Trinidad & Tobago/men’s 110-meter hurdles) and Domonique Williams (Trinidad & Tobago/women’s 400 meters). Burks, Walters and Williams had already earned spots on their national teams on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide will also be represented at Pan-American Track & Field Championships July 21-23 in Lima, Peru as freshman Takyera Roberson (women’s 400 meters) and signee Jaimie Robinson (triple jump) qualified for spots on the U.S. junior national team with victories at the U.S. Junior Championships this weekend in Sacramento, Calif.