Kirk, Knox, White Qualify For C-USA Track Finals

Senior Shakima Knox won her 100-meter heat and qualified for Sunday's final.

May 17, 2014

HOUSTON, Texas ---- Elinor Kirk, Shakima Knox and Kyana White ran impressive races for UAB Saturday to qualify for Sunday finals as competition continued at the 2014 Conference USA Track and Field Championships.

Kirk, who saw her first action of the four-day meet, was the leading qualifier in the 1,500-meter run as she clocked a time of 4:38.02. The All-American, who will also run in Sunday's 5,000 final, will compete in the 1,500 final at 5:05 p.m.

Knox was first in her heat in the 100-meter dash and advanced to the final of her specialty. Knox crossed the finish line at 11.92 to earn a spot in the Sunday final.

White ran a personal best time of 54.75 in the 400-meter dash to win her heat and advance to Sunday's final.

Meanwhile, another Blazer senior, Lindsay Miller was a scorer for UAB Saturday as she finished eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:16.83.

"I was happy with the way our ladies competed today," said UAB head coach Kurt Thomas. "There weren't too many surprises, but we had some adversity, and did a good job of fighting through that.

"Eli did a great job of advancing in the 1500m. Kyana set a PR in the 400m, and set herself up well in the finals. Shakima ran a gutsy race with a bad hamstring, and advanced to the finals. And our lone point of the day came from Linsday Miller, running and picking people off to finish eighth and score. We were really proud of her.

The Blazers have had to deal with injuries to several of their athletes before and during the meet. But Thomas said his team has battled the adversity well and is ready for a successful final day of competition at Holloway Field/Ley Track on the campus of Rice University.



"I was disappointed that Autumnn (Burnett) couldn't compete. She came down with a real bad illness on Wednesday before the meet, and was not able to race. But tomorrow we have girls in finals to cheer for, and the 4x100 and 4x400, as well as Eli and others in the 5k, so we have lots of opportunities to score points. One think i know, is that we will fight until the end."

Competition will begin Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT.