Akira McSwain finished second Friday in the C-USA heptathlon.
May 16, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas ---- UAB senior Akira McSwain finished among the top three in the heptathlon for the third time in her career to highlight action Friday for the Blazers at the 2014 Conference USA Outdoor Championships.
McSwain, from Nashville, Tenn., was runner-up for the second time (she also finished second in 2010 as a freshman) as she totaled 4,988 points in the two-day, seven-event competition. Unfortunately, fellow senior Shelby Barker, who was fifth after four events Thursday, was unable to complete the event after suffering an ankle injury.
"The heptathlon today was really bitter sweet for us," said UAB head coach Kurt Thomas. "We are so proud of Akira for earning second place, scoring eight big points for us. But on the other hand, Shelby had a pretty bad sprained ankle and wasn't able to finish. She's a tough competitor, so for her to not be able to go is something.
"Akira has been on the medal stand three out of her four years here at UAB, placing second twice, and third once. This is a tremendous way for her to close out her multi-event career. We brought her in five years ago to be our best heptathlete. She has earned her degree, been our best heptathlete and scored lots of points for UAB along the way. I couldn't be more proud of what she's accomplished."
On Friday, McSwain had a best long jump effort of 16-1 3/4 to tally 592 points and threw the javelin 112-7 for 559 points. She closed the event with a 800-meter time of 2:26.53.
Jallycia Pearson of UTEP was the heptathlon winner with 5,576 points.
Meanwhile in the 10,000-meter run -- the only running event contested on Friday -- UAB freshman Sarah Livett placed eighth with a time of 35:43.27. UAB junior Lauren Scott, from Buford, Ga., was 15th at 38:21.98.
"Sarah Livett ran a good race, and we're really proud of the way Lauren (Scott) and her competed," said Thomas. "Unfortunately, Kate Brown wasn't able to finish. She's been fighting some injuries, and raced hard for most of the race, but just wasn't able to finish. We think she'll be okay for future races.
"Sarah has had a really good freshman year. To come in and score indoors and outdoors like this is what you want to see, so we're happy with what she's done."
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