Six Blazers Earn T&F All-America Distinction

Alexis Bates and her 4x100 teammates earned All-America distinction for their 2013 NCAA performance.

June 12, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced its list of 2013 All-Americans for performances at last week's NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Eugene, Ore.

UAB has six student-athletes who have been recognized with All-America distinction for the 2013 season.

Rhiannon Johns, now in graduate school at UAB, concluded her Blazer career with a 12th place showing in the 10,000-meter run and was named second-team All-American. Johns holds school records in the 10,000 and the indoor 5,000. She won a pair of Conference USA 10k championships during her career and was an NCAA Outdoor qualifier in 2011 in the 5,000.

Elinor Kirk, who competed in her first year at UAB this past year and also in graduate school, was tabbed honorable mention All-American after her performance in the 5,000-meter run in Eugene. Kirk was the high point scorer at the 2013 C-USA Indoor Championship in February and ran the first sub-16 minute 5k (15:59.57) in school history at the NCAA East Regional Championship in Greensboro last month when she qualified for Nationals.

The four members of UAB's 4x100 relay team (Kyana White, Angel Watson, Shakima Knox and Alexis Bates) also earned honorable mention All-America recognition. The Blazer quartet set school records in back-to-back meets in May with their efforts at the Conference USA Championships and the NCAA Regional meet.

White, Watson, Knox and Bates broke an 18-year-old UAB record with their 45.21 clocking at the conference meet at Houston and followed that up two weeks later by running a 44.81 to shatter their own mark at the NCAA East Regional and qualify for the NCAA Championship in Eugene.