April 5, 2014
STANFORD, Calif./SAN FRANCISCO, Calif./GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Elinor Kirk ran the NCAA's fastest time of the season in the 10,000-meter run to finish second at the Stanford Invitational, and Sarah Livett broke UAB's freshman record in the 5,000-meter run to lead UAB's track and field team to multiple successes in Friday's split squad meets.
Following an impressive indoor season, Kirk picked up where she left off in distance running Thursday night at the Stanford Invite. She registered the top collegiate time in the 10,000-meter run in the field, finishing second overall. The time of 32:17.05 is also the top performance in the NCAA thus far this season.
Kirk's time at Stanford was 48 seconds faster than the second-best time by a collegian in the race, as 10-time All-American Megan Goethals of Washington crossed the finish line at 33:05.77.
Kirk's time also shattered the UAB record in the outdoor 10,000-meter run, a 33:29.99 set by Rhiannon Johns in 2013.
UAB's success in the 10,000-meter run didn't stop there, as senior Kate Brown finished ninth in race No. 2 with a 34:14.31.The Stanford Invitational is annually one of the top collegiate meets in the country and attracts many of the top present and former collegiate track and field athletes. Friday's 10k field was loaded with All-Americans and international standouts, including a number of former college runners now running for club teams. The race's winner, Jip Vastenburg of the Netherlands, competed for a club team (Endurance) and clocked a 32:11.90.
UAB had seven student-athletes compete at the Florida Relays on Friday. Jessica Shelley ran a 14.76 in the 100-meter hurdles to place 62nd. In the 400-meter dash, Kyana White finished 42nd with a time of 55.71 seconds. Shakima Knox finished 42nd in the 100-meter dash after a run of 11.86 seconds, while Autumnn Burnett finished 47th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.26.
Neal Tisher picked up another strong performance in the pole vault competition, finishing sixth in the event after a leap of 4.05m (13-3 ½). Tisher broke UAB's all-time outdoor record in pole vault with a 4.07m at the Alabama Relays in March.
Freshman Sarah Livett split off from her teammates to run in the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, and picked up a record-breaking, solid performance in the 5,000-meter run. Livett finished 12th overall with a 16:59.45, a time that breaks UAB's freshman record of 17:10.35 set by Sandra Lundberg in 2009.
Action from both the Stanford Invite and Florida Relays will continue on Saturday. See the links above for schedules and live stats from both Stanford and Gainesville as the Blazers complete their outdoor weekend.
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