Dec. 6, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB track and field team opened its 2013-14 season on Friday at the BSC Ice Breaker with 11 top-5 finishes, two event wins and a broken school record in pole vault.
"We had a real solid meet," head coach Kurt Thomas said. "I think we accomplished all of our goals. The sprinters and jumpers came out and executed pretty well, some of our newcomers got some race experience, and the distance girls were able to get some shorter distance work."
Transfer graduate student, and NCAA All-American Neal Tisher finished second in pole vault in her first competition as a Blazer with a jump of 3.85 meters. Her performance broke the previous school record of 3.40 meters set in 2012 by Toni Hawkins.
Shelby Barker finished tied for first in the high jump competition after a jump of 1.65 meters to give UAB's it's first of two wins, and Shakima Knox picked up the second win of the day with a 7.49 second finish in the 60-meter dash section "A." Alexis Bates finished third with a time of 7.57 seconds.
Kendra Gipson picked up a fifth-place finish in the women's triple jump with a final distance of 11.05 meters.
In the long jump event, Kelli Smith tied for eighth with a leap of 5.33 meters, while Renay Ransaw finished 14th with a jump of 5.20 meters.
finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles section "A" with a time of 8.80, while Autumnn Burnett
finished second with an 8.82.
Laurie Pray, UAB's lone competitor in the 1-mile run, finished 15th with a time of 5:40.31. In the 400-meter dash, Fanta Diabate recorded an 18th place finish with a time of 1:01.43.
In the 800-meter run portion, UAB had two athletes finish 18th and 28th, as Jenna Wesley finished with a time of 2:26.31, while Kara Woods finished at 2:32.26.
The 200-meter dash saw two Blazers finish in the top-10, as Angel Watson finished fifth with a time of 25.01 seconds, while Kyana White finished eighth with a 25.07.
The Green and Gold had three athletes compete in the 3000-meter run, as Sarah Livett finished third with a 10:25.59, Lauren Scott placed eighth with a 10:44.36 and Lindsay Miller finished 16th with a 11:12.32.
In the 4x400-meter relay event, UAB finished second with a 3:50.04 behind Alabama State who recorded a 3:49.28.
"All in all, this meet showcased how hard the team has been working during the Fall, and where we are at speed and fitness wise," said Thomas. "The goal is to not have much drop off over the holiday break."
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