TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Rebecca Evans led the UAB cross country team for the fourth time this season as she finished the NCAA South Regional 6K with a time of 21:24.5, good for 46th overall, at Florida State’s Apalachee Regional Park.
“Overall, I’m very pleased with how the girls ran today,” head coach Matt Esche said. “When you have four of your six girls with PRs, you have to be happy. Improving six spots as a team from last year was a big step for our young team.”
Evans, who was recently named to the All-Conference USA Second Team, improved her finish from last year by 29 spots and shaved 35.5 seconds off her previous 6K time of the season, clocking in a new personal record.
“Rebecca and Sarah had tremendous days,” Esche added. “They both stepped up and did what was asked. Being in the top 60 are big performances that will set them up nicely for the track season.”
Sarah Livett and Emily Drouin finished second and third for the Green and Gold, respectively, while clocking season-best performances. Livett turned in a time of 21:44.9.10 seconds faster then her previous season best, while Drouin rounded out the top three for UAB with a time of 22:27.9, nearly 20 seconds faster than her previous season best.
Hannah Coffin, who did not run the the team’s 6K earlier this year, finished in 22:58.4, while Serena Martinez and Jenna Hinds turned in times of 23:30.3 and 23:49.9, respectively. Martinez joined three other Blazers with season records as she knocked 58 seconds off her previous season best mark.
UAB improved its finish from last year by six places as the Blazers finished 19th overall. Mississippi State edged out No. 14 Ole Miss for the team title by one point, while Vanderbilt, Alabama and Georgia rounded out the top five.
Individually, UCF’s Anne-Marie Blaney clocked in the top time of the day with a time of 20:07.2.