Nov. 23, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. ---- UAB's Elinor Kirk became the third Blazer in school history to run in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, capping off an outstanding 2013 season with a fine showing Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.
Kirk, who qualified for the NCAA Nationals after finishing fifth at the South Regional Championships just eight days ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., placed 87th in a field of 254 runners. She crossed the finish line with a time of 21:15.0 in the 6K race.
Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth was the individual medalist with a time of 20:00.3. Boise State's Emma Bates was second at 2:03.09 while Kate Avery of Iona placed third at 20:05.4.
Kirk joined former UAB distance specialists Elizabeth Ambrus (2005) and Melissa Hopkins (1998) as the only three Blazers to compete in the NCAA Championships.
By qualifying for Nationals, the Swansea, Wales native put the finishing touches on what has been a tremendous 2013 for the graduate student.
Kirk won high point honors at the Conference USA Indoor Championships last February and followed that up by qualifying in the spring for the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. where she earned All-America honors.