Feb. 1, 2013
South Bend, Ind.--The UAB track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the 26th Meyo Invitational on Friday inside the Loftus Sport Center.
"We had a solid first day here at Notre Dame," head coach Kurt Thomas said. "The highlight was the 5K. Rhi, Eli, Sarah, and Kate ran great. We had three girls under 17 minutes, and Kate came very close. It really points to their hard work and preparation."
Junior Angel Watson ran a 7.74 in the 60m dash prelims, and ran a 7.69 in the semi-finals, which marked a season best time.
"Rachel and Lytrice ran very well in the 500m," Thomas continued. "As long hurdlers, that will pay off come outdoor season."
In the 1000m, freshman Hannah Coffin finished with a time of 3:01.50 for a new freshman record in the distance. The previous record was set by Colleen Standridge, who crossed the finish line with a time of 3:01.95, also at the Meyo Invitational in 2009.
"Our newest member of the team, Hannah Coffin, ran a great race and broke our freshman record," Thomas said. "She's fresh out of playing soccer, and is still getting used to the track, but she really ran great."
In the 5000m, senior Rhannon Johns finished in second place with a time of 16:26.52, and was followed by junior Elinor Kirk in third place with a time of 16:28.90. Senior Sarah Hudak finished the race in seventh with a time of 16:43.10 while junior Kate Brown crossed the finish line with a time of 17:11.15.
UAB will be back in action on Saturday, with the 3000m scheduled to start at 10 a.m. CT.