Track And Field Travels To Meyo Invite

Senior Rhiannon Johns and the Blazers will travel to South Bend, Ind. for the Meyo Invite this weekend.

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Jan. 31, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB track and field team will hit the road for the first time this indoor season as it competes at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational, Feb. 1-2, at the Loftus Sport Center in South Bend, Ind.

"My staff and I are really excited about the trip, for a few reasons," head coach Kurt Thomassaid. "First, we're ready to get into the meat of our indoor season with a large, very competitive meet like Meyo, but also acknowledge that the C-USA Championships are three weeks away. Secondly, we're just really excited to see what the ladies can do. We've been training very hard, and we think big things are in store for them at this meet, and continuing through the rest of the indoor season."

The two-day event will begin on Friday at 4 p.m. CT with the women's pole vault. Competition continues on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT with the women's 3000m. The weekend will conclude at 4:50 p.m. CT with the men's and women's 4x400m relay.

"Getting to go to a big, competitive meet like this is great for the team," Thomas said. "We've been competing at home, training at home, and now we get to travel and see the fruits of our labor. Meyo is one of the biggest and most competitive meets of the entire indoor season, so it's a great proving ground."

The Blazers will look to highlight the 5000m, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Among the competitors for the Blazers are redshirt senior Rhiannon Johns, senior Sarah Hudak and junior Elinor Kirk.

"Our big event on day one will be the 5000m," Thomas continued. "We have several ladies, like Rhi, Sarah, Eli shooting for NCAA marks, so it'll be really exciting to watch them run. We have several sprinters ready for some big marks, and our 4 x 400m relay is ready to run fast. I'm confident in these ladies' abilities, now we'll have to toe the line and see what happens."

UAB was last in action on January 10-11, when it hosted its lone home meet of the season, the Blazer Invite, at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Junior Elinor Kirk broke the meet record in the mile with a time of 4:50.87. The previous meet record had been set by teammate Sarah Hudak, who finished the race in second place with a time of 4:59.54. Redshirt senior Rhiannon Johnsrounded out the top three with a time of 5:03.48.

Up next, the Blazers will compete in the Samford Multi & Invite Feb. 8-9, in Birmingham, Ala. at the Birmingham CrossPlex.