October 22, 2012
American River College runner gives verbal commitment

Matt Airola of American River College signed a national letter of intent to compete for the Alabama track and field team.

The sophomore placed seventh in the state community college team championships in 2011, when ARC won the team title, and he won the 2012 state track 1,500 meter championship in 3 minutes, 45.60 seconds to help ARC win the team title. In that same meet, Airola placed second in the 800 in 1:49.44.

ARC teammate Diondre Batson, a record-setting sprinter who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials, will announce his scholarship track and field destination on Saturday. Also a football standout at receiver, Batson is considering Alabama, TCU and Florida State.

Batson qualified for the Olympic Trials in Eugene when he clocked a 20.50-second time in the 200 meters in April. His best 100 in any conditions was the 10.10 he uncorked in the NorCal finals in San Mateo in May.

Look for Batson updates here or from Trevor Horn of The Bee by following him on Twitter: @trevhorn

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

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