March 30, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Redshirt senior Rhiannon Johns demolished the UAB record in the 10,000m on Friday at the Stanford Invite, finishing at 33:29.99. The previous record was held by Elizabeth Ambrus with a time of 34:07.95, set in 2006.
"The Stanford meet was a huge success," head coach Kurt Thomas said. "Rhi (Johns) demolished the school record in the 10k. 33:29 is a huge mark. Eli and Sarah's 5k marks are big time as well. Coach Tony Houchin has done a great job getting the girls ready and they really paid off tonight. Rhi has been working towards some large goals for a while and this is a big step in the right direction."
In her 10,000m debut, junior Kate Brown finished with a time of 35:55.42.
In the 5000m, junior Elinor Kirk finished fourth in her section with a school record time of 16:07.13, breaking Johns' record of 16:13.32, which was set in 2011. Also in the section, senior Sarah Hudak crossed the finish line with a time of 16:20.79.
"The sprinters and hurdlers raced well," Thomas said. "We still have some things to clean up, but the ladies are racing and running well. We got a lot of positive things out of this weekend, and we'll all go back to training to get ready for the rest of the season."
Up next, the teams reunite to compete at the Auburn Invitational on Saturday, April 6.