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Kentucky cheerleaders put on a show at Big Blue Madness 2019

All of the hoopla of Big Blue Madness tends to focus on the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams, but the 24-time national champion UK cheerleaders made sure on Friday evening that they earned the Big Blue Nation’s collective attention.

Performing their newest routine for the upcoming season, the cheerleading squad sparked a standing ovation from the crowd following an impressive display of flips and tricks.

If you weren’t there to see it in person or missed it on the SEC Network broadcast, KSR was there to get all the footage.

Take a look below:

And if you missed their title-winning performance back in January to secure the program’s NCAA-leading 24th national championship, check it out below:

The University of Kentucky squad has won UCA’s National College Cheerleading Championship an unprecedented 24 times, taking home the title in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, more than any other Division IA school.

And judging by their Big Blue Madness performance, they are well on their way for another title.

Go Cats.


Sydney McLaughlin advances to the finals of the 2019 IAAF World Championships

Former Kentucky track and field superstar Sydney McLaughlin continues to put on a show in the professional ranks.

This afternoon, McLaughlin took home the women’s 400M hurdles victory in the semifinals of the 2019 IAAF World Championships with a final time of 53.81 seconds.

McLaughlin, who won the 2019 Diamond League trophy back in August, defeated European Champion, Lea Sprunger, despite a season-best time of 54.52 seconds.

“It felt good, I thought today I did a good job preserving my nerves and my energy,” she said in an interview with FloTrack after the victory. “I was just focusing on myself instead of everybody else. Hopefully I can do that again on Friday.”

The women’s 400M hurdle finals will take place on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET. (9:30 p.m. local time) in Doha, Qatar.

At Kentucky, McLaughlin was a Bowerman Award Semifinalist, NCAA Champion (2018 400H), three-time SEC champion (2018 400M indoor, 400H and 4x400M relay), and five-time All-American.

Prior to her career at Kentucky, she competed in the 2016 Olympics, with the Dunellen, N.J. native also expected to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo next summer.

Keep making us proud, Syd.


WATCH: Sydney McLaughlin continues to dominate international competition

Sydney McLaughlin crushed her collegiate competition when she ran for the University of Kentucky, and now the track star is also dominating on the international stage. After one year at UK, McLaughlin turned professional and signed with New Balance last October. Fast forward to today, and the former Wildcat just won her heat at the 2019 IAAF World Championships with the fastest time of the day.

Her official time was quick enough to qualify her for the event’s semi-finals; McLaughlin finished the 400m hurdles heat with a time of 54.45. She was racing against some of the world’s top talent, who are all gathering in Doha, Qatar to compete for international titles. The biennial event is the most prestigious meet the sport has outside of the Olympic Games.

Did she even break a sweat?!

At just 20 years old, the former Cat didn’t even have to race at her highest level in order to qualify for the semi finals; McLaughlin broke the collegiate and NCAA record in the same event in May 2018 when she ran a 52.75.


Kentucky volleyball tabbed No. 7 in preseason AVCA rankings

For the second year in a row, the Kentucky volleyball team has been named a preseason top-10 team in the nation.

The American Volleyball Coaches’ Association released their preseason top-25 on Tuesday afternoon, and the Wildcats came in at No. 7 overall.

Kentucky is one of just three SEC teams ranked in the initial poll, joining Florida (No. 10) and Tennessee) as the only schools in the conference listed.

The Wildcats are scheduled to play six games this season against ranked teams, including two against No. 10 Florida, and once vs. No. 14 USC, No. 17 Purdue, No. 19 Tennessee, and No. 25 Louisville.

The SEC joins the Big 10 as the only two leagues to have multiple teams ranked inside the top-10.

Here is the entire AVCA Preseason Top-25 Poll:

  1. Stanford (62)
  2. Nebraska (1)
  3. Minnesota
  4. Texas
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Illinois
  7. Kentucky
  8. Penn State (1)
  9. BYU
  10. Florida
  11. Oregon
  12. Pittsburgh
  13. Washington
  14. Southern California
  15. Michigan
  16. Marquette
  17. Purdue
  18. Creighton
  19. Tennessee
  20. Baylor
  21. San Diego
  22. Washington State
  23. Cal Poly
  24. Arizona
  25. Louisville

Go Cats.


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Former Cats shine in USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships

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It was a big weekend for former Cats on the track. UK Track and Field alums Daniel Roberts (110m hurdles), Kendra Harrison (100m hurdles), and Dezerea Bryant (200m dash) won their events at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, while Sydney McLaughlin (400m hurdles) came in second and Sha’Keela Saunders (long jump) finished third.

Roberts won the 110m hurdles in 13.23 seconds, his first gold medal since turning pro earlier this spring. He beat out his rival and good friend Grant Holloway, who set the NCAA record (12.98 seconds) last month.

Kendra Harrison won her third consecutive 100m hurdles title in 12.44 seconds:

This was the first USA Track & Filed gold medal for Dezerea Bryant, who finished in a season-best 22.47 seconds:

It’s odd to see McLaughlin not dominate a race, but she did turn in a season-best time of 52.88, coming in second to reigning Olympic Champion Dalilah Muhammad, who set a new world record at 52.20:

The good sport that she is, Sydney congratulated Dalilah on social media last night:

All five Wildcats are now members of Team USA and will compete in the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar from Sept. 28-Oct. 6.


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Dan Roszel to be the new Pitching Coach at Kentucky

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ECU pitching coach Dan Roszel is leaving Greenville and headed to Lexington to join the Kentucky Wildcats coaching staff, per HoistTheColurs.net.

Roszel was with the Pirates for nine years and is leaving the program after a 47-18 season where they hosted a regional for the second straight year and made the program’s fifth all-time Super Regional appearance before falling to Louisville.

He will join a Kentucky team coached by Nick Mingione, who going into his fourth season at UK. In his first three seasons, Mingione holds a record of 104-84, and his Wildcats missed the SEC tournament in 2019 along with the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, which is what brought the coaching staff changes.

Last season, Kentucky’s pitching posted an ERA of 5.10 and opponents were batting .257 against the Cats in a season that saw them finish 26-29.

Roszel will look to better those numbers, and he has the resume to do it with 19 seasons under his belt.

During his time at East Carolina, he was responsible for developing the program’s highest-ever draft pick in starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman, who was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays ninth overall in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. Roszel also coached Major League Baseball All-Star Chris Sale as an assistant at Florida Gulf Coast.

Roszel’s 2019 staff led The American in eight statistical categories including wins (47), strikeouts (595), innings pitched (577.2), shutouts (six) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.79) while ranking second in the AAC in ERA (3.96) and WHIP (1.32). The Pirates also set the AAC record for league wins with 20.

For a Kentucky program that has been predicated on dominant pitchers, such as Sean Hjelle, Justin Lewis, and Zack Thompson; this hire was crucial for a Kentucky program that took a massive step back last year. Hopefully, this hire will put the Wildcats back in the right direction.