UAB's Elinor Kirk was named the C-USA Track Performer of the Meet after her performance at the 2014 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the league office announced on Thursday.
May 22, 2014
IRVING, Texas – UAB graduate student Elinor Kirk was named the Conference USA Track Performer of the Meet after her performance at the 2014 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the league office announced on Thursday.
Kirk, who has rewritten UAB’s record books and had a remarkable year on the track, won a pair of races in last Sunday’s final day of the meet, both in record times. She claimed first place in the 1,500-meter run and two hours later, took first in the 5,000-meter to become the first C-USA athlete to double those events since 2005.
The Swansea, Wales native had not previously run in the 1,500 this season until this past weekend. She made the most of her first attempt in the race, breaking the 16-year-old C-USA mark (4:17.99) held by Tulane’s Hanne Lyngstad set in 1998. She ran a 4:15.93, which also broke the UAB mark of 4:19.31 held by Sarah Hudak, who won C-USA 1,500 titles in 2012 and 2013.
Kirk also set a conference record in the 5,000 as she won the event by more than 34 seconds. She finished with a time of 16:05.29 and shattered the record previously held by Tulsa’s Paula Whiting of 16:17.48 (2010).
Kirk and the Blazers will return to the track May 29-31 at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet in Jacksonville, Fla.
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