Hudak Claims Auburn Invitational Title

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AUBURN, Ala.--UAB senior Sarah Hudak captured her second individual championship and shaved more than a minute off her personal best in the 4k on Friday as the Blazer cross country team finished seventh overall at the Auburn Invitational in Auburn, Ala.

The Manchester, England native finished the race with a time of 14:20.9, crossing the line more than ten seconds ahead of runner-up Rachel Roberts of Samford (14:30.2). Hudak's previous best in the 4k was 15:11.10, set at the 2011 Auburn Invitational.

"It was another good outing for the Blazers," cross country head coach Tony Houchin said. "Sarah coming away with another win against better competition bodes well for what the end of the season holds."

With five runners finishing in the top-15, host Auburn took the team title with a total of 52 points. Samford took second with a total of 83 points, and Southern Miss rounded out the top-three with 87. Florida State finished in sixth with a total of 133, only six points ahead of UAB's 139.

In her first collegiate race, junior Kate Brown crossed the finish line in 9th place with a time of 15:06.6.

"Kate finishing in the top-10 in her first ever race was great," Houchin said. "Kristie, Rachel, Pascale, Jenna and Kara also had greatly improved results. Overall I'm very happy with the day."

In the 93-person field, sophomore Kristie Leybourne finished in the top-30 for the second-consecutive race with a time of 15:46.9 for the 26th position, and junior Rachel Harley finished the 4k with a time of 16:47.0 for 51st place.

Up next, the Blazers will travel to Mobile, Ala. to compete in the Azalea City Cross Country Classic, hosted by Southern Alabama, on Sept. 15.

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