Feb. 14, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Neal Tisher continued her dominance in the pole vault competition to break her own UAB record for the third time in four meets, and freshman Sarah Livett topped her own school freshman mark in the mile run to lead the UAB track and field team at the Cupid Classic on Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Following a 12-7 ½ jump in the BSC Icebreaker, and back-to-back jumps of 13-1 ½, Tisher raised the bar again on Friday with a jump of 4.06m (13-3 ¾). In four meets as a Blazer, Tisher has now broken or tied UAB records in each appearance.
Livett ran the mile in 4:59.14, which was a personal best and broke her own UAB freshman record of 5:02.90 which she set this year. In that same event, Lauren Scott ran a 5:11.36, while Jenna Wesley ran a 5:24.84 and Lindsay Miller finished with a 5:25.61.
In the 60-meter dash, Alexis Bates finished third with a time of 7.58 seconds and Angel Watson finished seventh with a 7.72 in section B. In section A, Shakima Knox scored a second-place finish with a 7.54-second run.
Knox and Watson also ran in the 200-meter dash with Watson finishing in sixth at 24.50, a seasonal-best and a top-three C-USA mark this season. Knox finished 10th with a 24.73, also a season-best time and a top eight C-USA performance in 2014.
Kyana White was UAB's top finisher in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.90 seconds, a time that ranks among the top eight in Conference USA this season. Autumnn Burnett finished with a 58.68 in the 400. Breona Humphrey ran the dash in 59.41 seconds and Kandiss Briggs finished with a 1:01.21.
The Blazers' 4x400-meter relay team of Watson, Shelby Barker, White and Akira McSwain clocked a season-best time of 3:47.77.
"We got some nice seasonal bests at the meet," said UAB head coach Kurt Thomas. "We're two weeks out from the C-USA Championships, so that's what we were looking for, seasonal bests, moving up the conference rankings, and putting ourselves in position to score points at the conference meet.
"Neal was looking to clear another bar or two, and had some good attempts at it. She's jumping well and is real close to big jumps. Shakima, Angel and Alexis had some good races in the 60m and 200m. Kyana had a real good 400m race. Sarah is continuing to race well going into conference too. The 4x400 needed to run faster, and closer to their ability to put us in the fast heat at conference and they accomplished that. Overall, we saw some very good things.
"I think everyone got excited when we heard about Eli's race in Seattle. What an awesome race, performance and young lady. It gave us some energy at our meet."