Dec. 10, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- UAB's Elinor Kirk capped off the best season in Blazer cross country history Tuesday when she was named the Conference USA Female Athlete of the Year for her sport.
Kirk, who was UAB's third qualifier in history to run in the NCAA Nationals, captured medalist honors when she won the conference individual title in early November. The Swansea, Wales native was the only C-USA female participant at the NCAAs in Terre Haute, Ind. She finished 87th of 254 runners at the meet.
The graduate student qualified for Nationals with her fifth place effort at the NCAA South Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Kirk, who also earned a spot on the C-USA All-Academic Team last month, was twice named the Conference USA Athlete of the Week. She also won individual meet titles at the Troy Invitational and the Azalea City Classic.
"This award caps off what has easily been the best individual cross country season in UAB history," said UAB cross country coach Tony Houchin. "I couldn't be happier or more proud of what Elinor has accomplished in her brief time as a Blazer. She has meant so much to the program both as a student-athlete and as a role model for the new crop of young Blazers coming up. We're all excited to see what she'll do in the upcoming track seasons."
Kirk is the second UAB student-athlete to garner the C-USA Cross Country Female Athlete of the Year honor. The Blazers' Elizabeth Ambrus won the honor in 2005.