Track and Field Completes Alabama Relays

UABSPORTS.COM The Blazers capped competition at the Alabama Relays on Saturday.
The Blazers capped competition at the Alabama Relays on Saturday.

March 22, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The UAB track and field team wrapped up competition at the Alabama Relays on Saturday to open up the 2014 outdoor season.

"We had a decent start to the outdoor season," head coach Kurt Thomas said. "There's always a small transition from indoor to outdoor to adjust to and we experienced those things this weekend. It was mostly a good meet and we had some good signs for the rest of outdoor, and we got some good experience for some athletes who we'll need later in the season."

Neal Tisher led the way for UAB on the day, winning the pole vault competition by a tenth of a second and breaking UAB’s all-time record. The graduate student finished with a 4.07m (13-4 ¼), which broke the Blazers’ old record of 3.50m set by Toni Hawkins in 2012.

"Neal really vaulted well and won the competition which was a bonus, but even more so, we see some great progress for the rest of the season," Thomas said. Her jump should punch her ticket to the NCAA Preliminary meet in Jacksonville, Fla."

UAB’s 400-meter relay team of Kyana White, Angel Watson, Shakima Knox and Kandiss Briggs finished third in the event after running a 46.19.

In the long jump, Kelli Smith came in 18th after a jump of 5.46m (17-11), while Akira McSwain finished 21st after a leap of 5.39m (17-8 ¼).

UAB had four members run in the 100-meter competition, led by Autumnn Burnett who finished seventh with a 14.25. McSwain came in eighth after a 14.29, while Jessica Shelley was 16th (14.69) and Shelby Barker 21st (15.11).

Lindsay Miller came in second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after running an 11:19.00.

In the 100-meter dash, Angel Watson finished seventh with an 11.95 second run, while Knox was eighth with a 12.05.

In the 400-meter dash, White was fourth with a 55.17, while Kara Woods came in 30th in the 800-meter run with a 2:16.19.

UAB’s 1,600-meter relay team of Barker, Briggs, Burnett and Watson finished seventh with a 3:47.07

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