Kirk Leads UAB Runners At Notre Dame Invite

Elinor Kirk was again UAB's top individual finisher Friday.

Oct. 4, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. ----- UAB's Elinor Kirk ran to a top 20 finish to highlight the Blazer cross country team's performance Friday afternoon at the Notre Dame Inviational.

Kirk, a graduate student from Swansea, Wales, clocked a time of 17:31.4 to finish in 18th place in a talented field that included eight nationally-ranked teams.

UAB finished 22nd as a team while Florida State, the nation's No. 2-ranked squad, took first. New Mexico, San Francisco, BYU and Princeton rounded out the top five.

Duke's Juliet Bottorff was the individual winner at 16:43.8 while FSU's Colleen Quigley placed second at 16:52.2.

Kate Brown was the Blazers' second-highest finisher as she crossed the finish line with a time of 18:12.7.

"The bottom line today was we didn't perform up to our expectations nor our ability," said UAB head coach Tony Houchin. "I know we are better than this and we have one more race to show it before we get to the CUSA Championships. This is a great group of women and I have no doubt that they will bounce back and run to their potential."

Other UAB finishers included Sarah Livett (18:30.6), Rachel Harley (19:16.6) and Lindsay Miller (19:23.2) and Lauren Scott (19:47.0).

UAB's next meet will be the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational on Oct. 19.