April 18, 2014
WALNUT, Calif. ---- Running in one of the top track and field meets in the country, UAB's Elinor Kirk shattered her own 5,000-meter school record by more than 17 seconds Friday, turning in another impressive performance at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Kirk, who two weeks ago became the No. 8 all-time collegiate 10,000 athlete with a record run at the Stanford Invitational, on Friday registered another record time as she clocked a 15:42.13 in the 5.000-Meter Run Invitational Elite event at the Mt. SAC meet.
Kirk's time erased the UAB mark of 15:59.57 she set last year and again demonstrated the Blazer graduate student's place among the best distance runners in the country this year. She was the fourth-fastest collegiate finisher on Friday.
Two-time defending NCAA champion Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth was the fastest collegian in the race Friday as she ran a time of 15:30.93.
Meanwhile, UAB senior Kate Brown also turned in an impressive showing at Mt. SAC. Brown ran in the 5,000-Meter Run Olympic Development Elite and finished 15th with a time of 16:28.85. Monika Juodeskaite of Oklahoma State was first with a 16:00.32.
"Year in and year out the Mt. SAC Relays is one of the most competitive meets of the year, and with that being said both Eli and Kate really impressed today," said UAB distance coach Tony Houchin. "Beating an already impressive school record by over 17 seconds is quite a feat."
"For Kate to see such a big improvement in such a short period of time is really promising for what the end of the season will hold," Houchin said. "We've got a long training block ahead of us to prepare for championship season. And even though we have run some impressive times, we can't confuse activity with achievement. The meets at the end of the season are the ones that matter the most and that's where our priorities lie."