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Women’s track team hurdles into action
The women’s track team has been staying busy and successful since the start of 2013, and is looking to extend their competitions until the early summer. In January, the women competed in the Blazer Invite at the Birmingham Crossplex. This competition lasted from January 10 until January 11.
“I think my staff and I are pleased with the way the meet turned out,” said head coach Kurt Thomas.
At this meet, many of the girls finished in the top three spots of their heat in their special events. Kelli Smith, a junior at UAB, finished with a best distance of 5.5 meters in the long jump event, and Shelby Barker landed close behind at 4.97 meters. Thelyssa Katchen and Lytrice Thomas both placed second in each of their heats for the 200 meter dash, earning times of 25.52 and 25.93, respectively.
Freshman Hannah Coffin ran for her first time at UAB and won first place in her heat for the 800 meter event, clocking in at 2:29.42. The most impressive performance at this meet was Elinor Kirk, who broke a meet record with a time of 4:50.87 in the mile event.
This week, the women traveled to South Bend, Indiana to compete in the Meyo Invitational at the Loftlus Sports Center. They competed against schools like Purdue, Toledo, Samford, Tulsa, and Minnesota, and placed in top spots for several events.
On Friday, February 1, the women were highly ranked in events like long jump and distance events. Hannah Coffin beat the previous UAB freshman record in the 1000 meter with a time of 3:01.95. Rhiannon Johns placed second in the 5000 meter, with a time of 16:26.52. Elinor Kirk came in third place behind Johns in the 5000 meter with a time of 16:28.90. Shelby Barker finished her long jump event with a season best distance of 5.18 meters. Another season best was achieved by Angel Watson with a time of 7.69 in the 60 meter dash semifinals.
On Saturday, February 2, the women did not place as highly, but several of the team members achieved personal bests. Kyana White and Lytrice Thomas both set personal bests in the 400 meter race. Lauren Scott ran a personal best in the 3000 meter with a time of 10:11.72—47 seconds faster than the time she previously had set. Angel Watson made fourth place in the 200 meter dash with at time of 24.64. Sophomore Shelby Barker was close behind with a time of 26.63.
This season, the indoor track will compete in the Samford Multi & Invite, and then move on to the C-USA Championships on February 23 and 24. The outdoor track team will compete at the Samford Invite, Alabama Relays, Texas Relays, Vanderbilt Invitational, and numerous other meets until the C-USA Championships from May 9-12. Be sure to keep up with these ladies as they move on to stronger competitions!