Jan. 11, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB track and field team wrapped up its lone home event of the indoor schedule on Friday, when it hosted the Blazer Invite at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
"I think my staff and I are pleased with the way the meet turned out,” head coach Kurt Thomas said. “We had so many solid performances across the board that, coming off of Christmas break, you have to like where most of our athletes are fitness wise.”
In the first event of the day, junior Elinor Kirk broke the meet record in the mile with a time of 4:50.87. The previous meet record (5:01.06) had been set by teammate Sarah Hudak, who finished the race in second place with a time of 4:59.54. Redshirt senior Rhiannon Johns rounded out the top three with a time of 5:03.48.
“The highlight for us was the mile,” Thomas added. “Eli, Sarah and Rhi going 1-2-3 was awesome. Eli almost beat Sarah's school record from last year so that's a great sign.”
Sophomore Jessica Shelley ran an 8.92 in the qualifier of the 60m hurdles before running an 8.93 in the finals. Freshman Autumnn Burnett also qualified for the finals with a 9.00 before running a 9.13.
Senior Rachel Harley ran a 2:15.37 in the 800m, while freshman Hannah Coffin made her debut with the track and field team with a time of 2:29.42 to win her heat. Junior Kara Woods ran a 2:40.00 in the final heat of the race.
Racing for the first time with the Blazers, junior Anna Jarman finished in third place of the 3000m with a time of 10:24.02. Also racing for the first time in Green and Gold, sophomore Lauren Scott finished with a time of 10:58.41.
In the 4x400m relay, the team of Katchen, Harley, White, and Thomas finished in second with a time of 3:51.95.
"The meet as a whole went great,” Thomas said. “We look to put on an event where teams can shake the rust off after the holidays, and ran almost 1000 athletes in one day. The crossplex staff, our officials, timing crew, and volunteers did an amazing job. Brian Mackin came out to support us too. It all makes for a great future for our event and our program."
Up next, the Blazers will travel to South Bend, Ind. on Feb. 1-2 for the Meyo Invite.