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By Noah Banks on ©October 16th, 2019 @ 10:20pm
The No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats prevailed 2-1 in their first non-conference matchup of the regular season Wednesday night as they played host to the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Cats entered Wednesday’s matchup looking to avenge a heartbreaking 2-1 loss that they were given in their last outing at the hands of Florida International University last Sunday in Lexington.
Despite Kentucky taking 8 shots in the first half while Ohio State only managed 1, neither team was able to find the back of the net and ended the 1st half in a 0-0 tie.
Coming out in the 2nd half, in just the 53rd minute, the Buckeyes sophomore Xavier Green was able to strike first to put OSU up 1-0 while scoring just his 2nd goal of the season.
With the Cats trailing, it wasn’t until the 81st minute when sophomore Robert Screen was able to score his first goal of the season and tie the contest at 1 apiece off the direct kick.
??Robert Screen's high-octane play in the last seven matches culminated with his first career goal late in the second half, tying the match and sparking Kentucky's comeback effort versus Ohio State. #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/iLetUZ7XWq
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) October 17, 2019
Following the goal, Kentucky was still looking for more and found it in just the 85th minute as junior Kalil ElMedkhar scored his 5th goal of the season and gave the Cats the 2-1 lead.
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) October 17, 2019
Staying true to the pattern, Kentucky has now beaten Ohio State the last three times they have matched up and have improved to a 6-5-4 all-time record between the two schools.
The Cats improve to 7-2-3 and will take the field again this Saturday, Oct. 19th at 7pm as they travel to Old Dominion to do battle with the Monarchs.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©October 16th, 2019 @ 4:30pm
University of Kentucky student-athletes managed to break one graduation rate school record and tied another.
According to an annual report released on Wednesday by the NCAA, UK’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR), a four-year composite statistic for the freshman classes of 2009-10 through 2012-13, was 91%. That rate tops the previous school record of 88% set last season, continuing Kentucky’s streak of breaking or tying the mark every year since the NCAA began tracking the statistic in 2005.
“Our student-athletes make us proud in the way they pursue an education and a degree at our world-class institution while competing at the highest level of college athletics,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “It is our responsibility to equip them with the resources they need to do that. I am thankful for the commitment our student-athletes make to academics and the support our coaches, staff, and CATS counselors and tutors provide along their path.”
The GSR includes all student-athletes who are on scholarship during their first semester of enrollment. Athletes who transfer or depart for the professional ranks in good standing do not count against the school’s GSR.
“These outstanding graduation rates highlight a foundational component of the Kentucky student-athlete experience, and serve as evidence of our commitment to comprehensive excellence,” Executive Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Experience Jason Cummins said, via UK Athletics. “Our students learn from a world-class faculty in the pursuit of life-changing knowledge, one of our Department’s five core values.”
Here are UK Athletics’ GSR scores in the 15-year history of the measure.
Year NCAA GSR
Kentucky also tied its own previous record set last season in the Federal Graduation Rate, a four-year composite statistic for freshman classes from 2009-10 through 2012-13, with a mark of 61%.
According to UK Athletics, in the FGR, “student-athletes who transfer or depart early for the professional ranks count as non-graduates, regardless of their academic standing or subsequent graduation from another institution. Incoming transfer students, from junior college or four-year schools, who graduate at UK are not counted as graduates. These factors account for the difference between the FGR and the NCAA GSR.”
99 Wildcats walked across the stage and received diplomas during the 2018-19 academic year, with 49 of those individuals graduating with honors.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©October 12th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
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.
By Maggie Davis on ©October 09th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
The UK women’s basketball team will be without one of its most exciting newcomers for the entirerty of the upcoming season. Deasia Merrill has sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, Coach Matthew Mitchell announced Wednesday. The knee injury is severe enough to require an entire season of rehabilitation before Merrill will be ready to rejoin the Wildcats on the basketball court.
“Deasia injured her knee on a very tough play in practice last week,” Coach Mitchell said in a statement released by UK. “She was playing very hard, preparing for a successful season. Unfortunately, the injury is season-ending, but Deasia has shown remarkable resilience since the injury.”
The 6-foot-2 forward enrolled at UK over the summer as a true freshman. She came to Kentucky as a consensus top-100 player in the country and one of the best high school players from the state of Georgia. Merrill was tabbed as a four-star recruit and the 66th best prospect in the nation by ESPN. The world wide leader also named Merrill the No. 8 forward in her class. She originally committed to Kentucky last September, picking the Cats over Duke, Pittsburgh, Miami (Florida), Ole Miss and Georgia Tech, among others.
During her senior year of high school, Merrill averaged 25.6 points, 15.4 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 5.2 steals and 4.2 blocks per game. Her physical play around the basket combined with her ability to score is already impressive; unfortunately, the Cats are going to have to look somewhere else for points this year, especially following Maci Morris’ and Taylor Murray’s graduations at the conclusion of last season.
“We are confident [Merrill] will learn many valuable and character-strengthening lessons during this part of her journey,” Mitchell’s statement continued. “Our medical team is fantastic, and her teammates and her coaches will support her fully on her road to recovery.”
By Jack Pilgrim on ©October 08th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
Several former Kentucky track and field stars stole the show last week at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Headlined by Sydney McLaughlin – who managed two medals – former Wildcats finished with four total medals.
McLaughlin, who set a personal-best time of 52.23 in the 400-meter hurdles, finished with the silver behind only Dalilah Muhammad and her world record time of 52.16. She also went on to win a gold medal in the 4x400m relay with the United States, as her team recorded a time of 3:18.92 and beat second-place Poland by nearly three seconds. Individually, McLaughlin ran a 48.8-second leg in her portion of the relay.
Outside of McLaughlin, Keni Harrison also won a silver medal with her phenomenal showing in the 100m hurdles, recording a personal-best time of 12.46. She fell short of the gold medal by just .12 seconds following USA teammate Nia Ali’s 12.34 performance. Harrison won two NCAA titles and five SEC Golds between 2014-2015 at UK.
Dezerea Bryant earn a bronze medal in the 4×100 relay as her and the USA squad ran a 42.10, just behind Great Britain (41.85) and Jamaica (41.44). She also ran a 22.63 in the 200m final, placing her fifth after winning the U.S. Gold earlier this summer. The former Wildcat won two NCAA 200m gold medals and an SEC title between 2014-15 in Lexington.
Elsewhere, Canadian Michael Mason finished seventh in the high jump final with a mark of 7’6.5” (2.30m) while Sha’keela Saunders earned a ninth-place finish in the long jump final with a mark of 21’5.5” (6.54m), missing the final cutoff by two centimeters. Saunders won the NCAA Title in the indoor long jump in 2017, in addition to a SEC gold the year before.
It wasn’t just the athletes that stole the show, either. Kentucky assistant coach Tim Hall coached Christian Coleman, a Tennessee alumnus who trains at UK and mentors several of the current Wildcats, won the 100m in Qatar with a time of 9.76. With the victory, Coleman is now considered the fastest man in the world.
While the aforementioned former Wildcats and those associated with the program stole the show, a few others didn’t find as much success.
Former UK superstar Daniel Roberts won the third heat of the 110m hurdles, but was later disqualified for clipping a hurdle in the adjacent lane.
Great Britain star Tim Duckworth also suffered an injury prior to the men’s decathlon, forcing him to withdraw from proceedings.
All in all, though, it was an elite performance across the board for former Wildcats, with the Kentucky track and field program now boasting top-10 athletes in the world across eight different events.
By Nick Roush on ©October 05th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
It took a world record run to take down Sydney McLaughlin.
Racing at the IAAF World Championships in Qatar, Dalilah Muhammad got off to a fast start in the 400 hurdle final. The lead was not comfortable for long. The former Wildcat made up significant ground down the backstretch. Unfortunately, Sydney ran out of track, falling to Muhammad by .07 seconds. McLaughlin’s time of 52.23 was the second-fastest 400H run in women’s track and field history.
So unbelievably proud of @GoSydGo. World All-Time #2 time 52.23 to take ?? in an absolutely thrilling 400H final.
— UK Track & Field (@KentuckyTrack) October 4, 2019
“I knew it was going to be fast. I didn’t know it was going to be that fast,” McLaughlin said after the race. “Being able to come away with a PR (personal record) and the second-fastest time, it’s just amazing.”
McLaughlin is poised to be a star nine months from now at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©October 02nd, 2019 @ 8:30pm
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.
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) October 2, 2019
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.
By Maggie Davis on ©October 01st, 2019 @ 12:35pm
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.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) October 1, 2019
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.
By Brett Bibbins on ©September 15th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
With all the hype surrounding the Florida game this weekend, overshadowed was the induction of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019. This year’s class included football star quarterback Andre Woodson, men’s basketball big man DeMarcus Cousins, women’s basketball’s A’dia Mathies, Henri Junghänel from UK Rifle, and both Vic Nelson and Don Weber from cross country and track.
It’s UK Athletics Hall of Fame weekend! Presenting your Class of 2019 inductees: pic.twitter.com/zPjfFhIfAt
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) September 12, 2019
Five of the six inductees were able to attend the ceremony and give their acceptance speeches in person, with DeMarcus Cousins‘ speech being a pre-recorded video.
Andre Woodson used the weekend to be at the ceremony, as well as at the football game Saturday night. Watch his speech below.
One of the best women’s players in Kentucky Hoops history, A’dia Mathies was the first player in UK basketball history, both men and women, to accumulate over 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 300 steals in a career.
You can view the entire playlist of speeches on YouTube from Kentucky Wildcats TV here.
Congrats to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame 2019 Class! All very well deserved and an awesome accomplishment.
By Hayden Hooper on ©September 13th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Today was not only the first game in Memorial Coliseum for the 2019 Kentucky Wildcats Volleyball team, but it was also the first home game in a Kentucky uniform for Duke graduate transfer Leah Meyer.
Grad-Transfer Leah Meyer’s first in-game entrance as a Kentucky Wildcat in Memorial Coliseum. pic.twitter.com/tTfOEcjLLv
— Hayden Hooper (@haydenhooper01) September 13, 2019
The Duke transfer held her own against ACC competition by raking in some big accolades. She was named to the 2015 All ACC Freshman team, was a two-time All-ACC First-Team selection and was an AVCA All-American honorable mention honoree in 2018.
With Meyer’s move from the ACC to the SEC, Meyer said after the team’s 3-0 victory over Cleveland State this afternoon that the culture change between the two conferences is evident.
“It’s a little bit of a higher competition for me, and the expectations of this program are really high and I really appreciate that,” Meyer said. “Not to say that there wasn’t at Duke but coming into a whole new program has been awesome for me.”
Meyer collected eight kills in the victory, including six crucial kills in the second set. With just one error on the day, it made it easy for the Cats to go through their offense on the floor.
“She makes very few mistakes and she’s got a rocket arm, and behind the setter, she can rip it,” Kentucky head coach Craig Skinner said. “Having someone who is a threat behind setters is valuable for our setter so she can run the offense.”
Leah Meyer and the Kentucky Wildcats are set to take on Florida Gulf Coast at 8:30 P.M. ET.
By Hayden Hooper on ©September 13th, 2019 @ 5:30pm
The Kentucky Volleyball team won its first game of the Bluegrass Battle and fifth overall, defeating the Cleveland State Vikings in three sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-9.
Game, set and match. The #15 Kentucky Wildcats defeat the Cleveland State Vikings in a sweep. Next game for the Cats will be later today as they play Florida Gulf Coast at 8:30 P.M. EST. pic.twitter.com/D7GNHSa5Je
— Hayden Hooper (@haydenhooper01) September 13, 2019
After being on the road for the beginning of the season, the Cats found themselves back in their old Kentucky home for the first time this season.
“First game went pretty good. Started out very slow,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “Our serving got better as the game went on. Very efficient with nine hitting errors total is pretty low. Pretty impressed with that.”
Several new faces were in Memorial Coliseum early Friday afternoon, one being Duke grad transfer Leah Meyer.
“I have loved Lexington so far and playing Memorial, running out through the tunnel and throwing the ball was a cool experience for me with the lights turned down,” Leah Meyer said of her first game in Memorial Coliseum. “Something that I’ve never experienced before. It was really cool.”
A two-time All-ACC First-Team selection and 2015 All-ACC Freshman Team, Meyer’s success has bled over to her time at Kentucky as she stacked up 8 kills with an assisted block in her Memorial Coliseum debut.
The returning stars showed out in the first game as well. Senior outside hitter Leah Edmond led the charge with 14 kills and one dig, ten more kills than her season average of 4 kills per game. For Edmond, this was her last first home game as a Kentucky Wildcat.
“It’s sad and exciting at the same time,” Edmond said. “This will be my last first home game here so it was really meaning to be home after being away for two weeks.”
The win advances the No. 15 Wildcats’ record to 5-2 in the regular season and 1-0 in the Bluegrass Battle. They’ll be back in action later today at 8:30 P.M. vs. Florida Gulf Coast.
By Nick Roush on ©September 12th, 2019 @ 11:00am
The Kentucky men’s soccer team earned some national attention overnight.
The Cats checked in at No. 4 on the SportsCenter Top 10 after Brandon McManus set up Bailey Rouse for the back-heal goal that evened up the score at 2-2.
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) September 12, 2019
The equalizer saved the Cats from the loss, ultimately resulting in a 2-2 draw with Xavier after overtime. As impressive as the goal was, they earn just as many kudos for the celebration.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©September 04th, 2019 @ 9:15pm
Last week, UK sophomore men’s golfer Cullan Brown was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an extremely rare type of bone cancer. After finding out the news, Brown was forced to withdraw from school and will now begin chemotherapy treatments this week.
Now, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Cullan and the Browns during this difficult time.
On the official page, which can be found here, the organizer described Brown’s condition and all of the details surrounding his situation. Take a look below:
If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Cullan Brown, you’ve unfortunately missed out. Cullan is not only a great golfer; he’s a great student, an avid hunter, an unbelievable cook, and an amazing friend and teammate. As anyone else would tell you, Cullan is the most selfless person you’ll meet. Words can’t describe Cullan’s character and attitude towards life.
Cullan has quickly built an impressive college resumé on the University of Kentucky golf team. He earned All-SEC Freshman team this past season, finishing with multiple top 10s. He also competed in the Barbasol Championship, the PGA Tour event held in Lexington. He shot -10 and finished in the top 50 of a professional field.
Recently, Cullan has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer. Only 400 people per year are diagnosed with this form of cancer. This cancer was found in the form of a tumor in his left femur bone. Recent tests have shown that the cancer has not spread to any other part of his body, which is great news. The doctor has high hopes for a successful treatment, calling Cullan’s case “treatable and beatable.” The current treatment plan is to undergo chemo sessions for about 11 weeks before performing surgery on the femur bone. After surgery, chemo sessions will continue for another 18 weeks.
Cullan has withdrawn from school for the year and moved back home to Eddyville, KY, to focus on preparing for and recovering from the upcoming chemo treatments. He has also taken a medical redshirt for the 2019-2020 golf season.
Cullan has a strong foundation of people supporting him. The support from the golf community and the BBN has already been incredible. As his teammates, the Kentucky golf team is doing everything we can to help our brother. Most importantly, his parents Emily and Rodney and his little sister Cathryn will be at his side at all times. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for the Brown family.
The Brown’s are facing an emotionally challenging road ahead. We would love your help in providing some financial support, as the family will be spending a majority of their time focusing on Cullan’s health and well-being. As many of you can understand from personal experience, medical expenses can compound over a period of time. Providing this support would lighten the financial burden of this situation, which would be a blessing for the Brown’s. Also, we would really encourage you to share this page to help in the effort to support Cullan and the Brown’s during this journey.
We can’t wait to see Cullan overcome this battle in a very “Cullanesque” fashion and compete for the Blue and White again soon. For now, we appreciate the love and support for this incredible person. #B4B (Birdies for Brownie)
Best of luck to Cullan and his family during this difficult time and best of luck to him in his recovery.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©September 01st, 2019 @ 11:10pm
Cullan Brown, a sophomore on the University of Kentucky men’s golf team, has been diagnosed with bone cancer and has withdrawn from school, he announced on Saturday.
According to WPSD, the Lyon County High School graduate was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an extremely rare type of bone cancer, on Monday, which was later confirmed by the University.
“My family and I are immensely appreciative of the outpouring of kind words, well-wishes, love, and prayers we have received in the last few days,” Brown told WPSD. “It certainly will be a tough year, but nothing that can’t be handled thanks to the amazing support group I have behind me at all times”
Despite missing the beginning of his freshman season due to injury, Brown was still named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2018-19 and ended his rookie campaign with four top-20 finishes. Brown also participated in the Barbasol Championship this past July, which was held in Lexington. It was his first professional tournament and he finished at 10-under par. During his high school years, Brown was named KSHAA Player of the Year for golf in 2016 while finishing as the runner-up in both 2015 and 2017.
Brown is set to begin chemotherapy next week.
Let’s all wish him the best during his time of recovery.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 24th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Former Kentucky track superstar Daniel Roberts is now officially a winner at the professional level.
This afternoon, Roberts took home the 110M Hurdles victory by crossing the finish line in 13.08 seconds to secure a spot in the Diamond League Finals.
This was his very first victory as a Diamond League professional athlete.
Result of the men's 110m Hurdles
— IAAF Diamond League (@Diamond_League) August 24, 2019
This result gives Roberts the eighth-best performance on the All-Dates, All-Time Collegiate List, and it is now the fourth time that he managed a sub-13.10 time this season.
Back in June when he was still officially a Wildcat, Roberts tied a 40-year-old collegiate record in the NCAA 110-Meter Hurdles by finishing the event in 13 seconds flat.
Just a few days later, the junior Kentucky star announced that he was forgoing his senior season and turning pro.
“I’ll be going pro,” he said at the conclusion of the event. “[My contract isn’t finalized] yet, still in the works… [With] the collegiate season over with now, I ain’t got nothing to hide.”
In the NCAA 110-Meter Hurdles on Friday, Roberts tied the record, but was unfortunately topped by rival junior Grant Holloway of Florida, who finished with a final time of 12.98 seconds.
Combining the times of both Holloway and Roberts, along with the rest of the participants, Friday’s event actually set the record for fastest college hurdles race ever.
“There’s more to come with D-Rob.” UK assistant coach and Roberts’ event trainer Tim Hall said following the decision. “He’s a special kid, special talent. I just can’t say enough about him. I’m super proud of him. The future is so bright for him. He’s just a humble kid. So proud of all the things he’s accomplished.”
Overall, Roberts’ time at the NCAA championships was a new personal best and ranks second-best in the world. His time of 13 seconds gives him the second-best time at the collegiate level in history and he is tied with two other men for No. 22 on the world all-time list.
“It’s been an awesome rise,” Kentucky head coach Lonnie Greene said at the time. “People might not understand how fast that race was. It took the world lead, right off the world record to beat Daniel. Coach Hall has done a great job with him. He’s an excellent coach, Daniel is an excellent pupil.
“And he’s represented the brand very, very well. That’s what I think future Wildcats out there and Big Blue Nation want. They want us to represent the University well and I think Daniel is the epitome of that.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 15th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Abbey Cheek’s pro career is off to a fast start. Last night, the former Kentucky slugger was named the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Rookie of the Year at the league’s awards ceremony in Rosemont, Illinois. She also took home the batting title after leading the league with a .378 average, which helped the Chicago Bandits win the regular season title.
“I’m really excited for Abbey that she was named the NPF Rookie of the Year,” Kentucky Softball head coach Rachel Lawson said in a press release. “I was really happy to see that Abbey took all the hard work she put in during her time at Kentucky and applied them to the NPF. She had a stellar senior year and was able to carry that momentum into the summer. We are all very proud of her here at UK.”
In her final year at Kentucky, Cheek was named 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association National Player of the Year, SEC Player of the Year, and First Team NFCA All-American. She was drafted 14th overall by the Bandits back in April. They face the USSSA Pride in the NPF Championship this weekend.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©August 14th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Shifting focus from football to fútbol, the Kentucky men’s soccer team has been named the favorites to win the Conference USA. Not only that, but several players were voted to the Conference USA Preseason Team by the coaches.
According to the release sent out by UK Athletics, redshirt-junior defender Aimé Mabika was selected as the preseason C-USA Defensive Player of the Year while Junior midfielder Kalil ElMedkhar and sophomore forward Jason Reyes were named C-USA co-offensive Players of the Year. All three players, along with junior goalkeeper Enrique Facusse, were voted to the preseason C-USA All-Conference team.
?: Congratulations to @UKMensSoccer’s Jason Reyes and Kalil ElMedkhar, your 2019 #CUSAMSOC Preseason Co-Offensive Players of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches! ?? #TheCUSAWay pic.twitter.com/xidWVrQqjS
— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) August 13, 2019
— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) August 13, 2019
Facusse also recently won a Silver Medal at the Pan American Games after his team, Honduras, fell to Argentina in the U-22 Gold Medal game.
In 2018, the Wildcats won both the regular season and conference tournament titles and are expected to repeat off of their undeniable success from a year ago.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 13th, 2019 @ 5:30pm
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:
- Stanford (62)
- Nebraska (1)
- Penn State (1)
- Southern California
- San Diego
- Washington State
- Cal Poly
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 29th, 2019 @ 10:30am
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:
— USATF (@usatf) July 29, 2019
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:
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19 and living. Huge congrats to the new world record holder. @dalilahmuhammad_ Blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of women. Excited to represent our country again with the same lovely women I made it with in Rio ???? glory to God. More to come.
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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.
By Brent Wainscott on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 10:00pm
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.