Sept. 15, 2012
MOBILE, Ala.--UAB cross country senior Sarah Hudak dominated the field with her third consecutive victory on Saturday, winning the Azalea City Classic 6K race in a time of 21:53.50. As a team, the Blazers finished in fourth place with 121 points.
Hudak's previous personal record in the 6K was set at the 2011 NCAA South Regional with a time of 22:14.80. This marks the second straight race where Hudak has set a new personal best.
The Manchester, England native was five seconds ahead of runner up and teammate Elinor Kirk, who finished with a time of 21:58.92 in her Green and Gold debut. Sophomore Kristie Leybourne finished in 17th place with a time of 23:35.12 for her third straight top-20 finish.
With four runners in the top-10, Auburn won the team effort with a total of 36 points, while host South Alabama took second place with 63. Fellow Conference USA member Tulane rounded out the top three with a total of 87 points.
"Today was a good team showing for the Blazers," cross country head coach Tony Houchin said. "Sarah winning her third consecutive race is quite an accomplishment, and Eli finishing second in her debut for the Blazers in an incredible start. Kristie had a great day breaking into the top 20. We are running well as a team, but still have a long way to go. Luckily everyone is working hard to get there."
Up next, the Blazers will travel out of state for the first time this season to compete in Loyola University of Chicago's Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Check UABsports.com for complete coverage of the UAB cross country team.