July 23, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB track and field’s Elinor Kirk, Neal Tisher and Kate Brown were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released on Tuesday.
“This is another great honor for these ladies,” head coach Kurt Thomas said. “It's a great example of their talent and hard work as true student-athletes.”
With the trio earning the academic honors this season, UAB has now had 10 student-athletes named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in the last three years.
Kirk, named the Conference USA Track Athlete of the Year, became a two-event All-American at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. She earned First Team All-America honors in the 10K after finishing a very close runner-up and backed that up with a seventh-place finish in the 5K to help the Blazers to a 22nd place finish as a team at the championships. Kirk will now continue her medical school degree back home in Wales.
Tisher, a transfer from Ole Miss in just her first year as a member of UAB’s squad, reset the Blazer record books in pole vault. She also set a new personal best, joining the 14-foot club with a vault of 4.28m (14-0 ½) at the Conference USA Championships to win the event and break the six-year-old league record. Tisher will now continue her medical school degree in Birmingham.
Brown, a recipient of the league’s Academic Medal and C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree in 2013, qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Meet back in May. The Surrey, England native qualified for the prelims in the 5K and 10K after running a 34:14.31 in the 10K at the Stanford Invite. Her victory in the 5K at the Alabama Relays with a time of 16:43.12 punched her ticket to the 5K prelims in Jacksonville, Fla.
“We have so many great student-athletes on our team with great grades and lots of talent,” Thomas said. “But, this type of award really rewards significant athletic and academic accomplishment. We couldn't be more proud of Eli, Neal and Kate.”