DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - This was supposed to be a weekend of
celebration for the Alabama track and field program at the Drake
Relays, with Tide men's coach Harvey Glance and women's coach Sandy Fowler getting inducted into the meet's Hall of Fame.
That changed after dozens of tornadoes swept across the South in
recent days, killing about 300 people, chiefly in Alabama.
Now the Tide are competing in Des Moines with heavy hearts,
struggling to focus on their events while thinking about those in
storm-ravaged Tuscaloosa and beyond.
Roughly half of the Tide men set to run in Iowa stayed behind to
be with those affected by the storms.
The women's team was scheduled to arrive Friday afternoon.
Glance says competing at Drake provides an escape for those who
chose to make the trip.
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