Hudak Wins 1,500m, Sets School Record

Rachel Harley took second place in the 400-meter hurdles.

May 13, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS -- Sarah Hudak placed first in the 1,500-meters with a new UAB school-record time of 4:21.84 and earned the Blazers 10 team points Sunday on the final day of the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Championships hosted by Tulane at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Teammate Lucy Taylor finished the same race in sixth place with a personal-record time of 4:29.33 to contribute three team points.

The Blazers finished the three-day competition in seventh place with 58 points, just two and a half points out of fifth place. UCF took first with 160 points, followed by East Carolina in second with 132.166 and Southern Miss in third with 81.

"I couldn't be more proud of our ladies," UAB coach Kurt Thomas said. "They gave us all they had, and it paid off. This league is tough, but to be two points out of fifth place and to have two conference champions and three total all-conference athletes is great. It was a good weekend for UAB track and field, and I'm proud of the team."

Hudak and Kristina Vaughn, who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase a day earlier, each earned all-conference recognition, as did Rachel Harley.

Harley finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 59.26 and earned eight team points, while Lytrice Thomas placed seventh (1:01.93) in the same event to earn two team points.

Akira McSwain, Angel Watson, Thelyssa Katchen and Alexis Bates finished fourth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 45.92 to earn four team points.

Watson also contributed one team point after finishing the 200-meter dash in eighth place (24.34).

Clara Cid, Hudak and Vaughn placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 5,000-meters to earn a total of nine team points. Cid crossed the line in 16:55.39, Hudak in 16:58.82 and Vaughn in 17:01.37.

Harley, McSwain, Katchen and Thomas wrapped up the final day of competition with a fifth-place effort in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:43.52 to earn UAB four points.