April 22, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB’s track and field team is ranked No. 39 in the latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field poll, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released on Tuesday.
The Blazers’ position in the poll is the highest-ever for the UAB track and field program, and is a 10-spot jump from last week’s poll when UAB was No. 49. The Blazers also lead Conference USA in the rankings, topping East Carolina which is No. 50 in the poll.
"It always feels great to achieve a national ranking like this,” head coach Kurt Thomas said. “National recognition for our team and those athletes is great. It shows that Eli (Kirk), Kate (Brown) and Neal (Tisher) are competing at a very high level. We feel we have a few other athletes that are competing like that too, but haven't quite put the whole race together.”
UAB has seen outdoor school records fall in the 5,000m, 10,000m, shuttle hurdle relay and pole vault events this spring. Freshman records have also been broken in the 5,000m and 10,000m runs in UAB’s spring slate.
The Blazers will be back on the track on May 3 for the Mississippi State Invite, the final outdoor meet of the season prior to the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, which run May 15-18 in Houston.
“Our goals are to score lots of points at the C-USA meet in three weeks, but of course to qualify athletes to NCAAs,” Thomas said. “This ranking reflects that we're on the right path. There are still a few meets and several weeks to go, so we have to keep working towards those goals.”
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