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UK Track and Field Unveils New Home


As reported by John Burke on KSRCollege last night, the University of Kentucky Track and Field unveiled their latest facility upgrade yesterday, as a new outdoor track was shown off to the public for the first time. Olympic sprinter and Lexington-native Tyson Gay, who  holds the American record in the 100 meter was in the house as to celebrate the facility’s opening.

Don Weber, who recently retired as Head Coach of the track team this past year after 34 years on the Wildcat staff made upgrading the facilities for the track team a priority during his tenure, was also on hand today to see his final project come to completion. From

“With Shivley Sports Center, the indoor track at Nutter Field House and now this facility we have the best infrastructure in college track and field,” Weber said. “I have no doubt Edrick, his coaches and his athletes will build the most competitive track team in the history of UK.”


Edrick is referring to new UK Track and Field coach Edrick “I’m Sorry Ms. Jackson, I Am” Floreal, who takes over the program this season on the upswing.

“Our new outdoor track will help us attract some of the best student-athletes in the nation as we aim to compete at the highest levels of intercollegiate competition,” Kentucky track and field head coach Edrick Floreal said. “It also will give us the opportunity to host elite outdoor high school and intercollegiate meets, as we currently do indoors at the Nutter Field House.”

Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart opened the evening by thanking the many people who made the day possible.

“We see something, we have a chance to showcase it and make good out of it,” Barnhart said. “We’re going to enjoy what we have. We are going to showcase what Don (Weber) helped build at this place.”


Go Fast Cats! 

Article written by Will Totten

Born in Indiana and raised in Louisville, I am the unlikeliest UK fan.

26 Comments for UK Track and Field Unveils New Home

  1. UK FAN
    10:08 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    See if we could only find a coach to win 6 games the loyal UK fans could raise enough money to help these non-profit sports.. Heck with football just keep feeding Mitch resume

  2. crackerhillbilly
    10:17 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    About bloody time. The old facility was a disgrace for a high school, much less an SEC school. My son competed there once in the Bluegrass State Games – the blue stains left by the track dye never came out of his warm-up gear or off his shoes. UofL’s facility beat the hell out of it even with it’s “next to an interstate highway” setting. Now maybe UK can once again host the high school state meet.

  3. Sarcasticdrunkenukfan
    10:19 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    This track and field stuff is good news! Mitch “gets it”

  4. ohhai
    10:22 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    great job mitch. did you use the football team to carry the bricks as part of their training program?

  5. SoCal Will
    10:29 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Purty track. Why weren’t we in the top 5 when we had a 67 year old coach?

  6. Mike
    10:29 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Vandy goes on the road and gets an SEC win tonight. We continue to be bottom feeders in the world of SEC football. We have got to shed this coaching staff.

  7. jhnny
    10:41 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    I love the “Mitch gets it.” (#3)

    I could see this becoming a new football rally cry.

    Mitch tells fan to shut up. Mitch gets it!
    Mitch calls long suffering football fans, microwave fans. Mitch gets it!
    Mitch proclaims upset of Tennessee reinforces his belief in losing football coach Joker Phillips. Mitch gets it!

  8. Formerly sections 136
    10:50 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink


  9. yEEEES
    10:51 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    No matter what’s going on in the football program right now, you can’t overlook all the good stuff going on in all of UK’s sports. We’re on our way to becoming one of the best all around college sports programs in the country, if not the best. We won #8, volleyball was great, women’s bballl was elite 8, Rifle was #2, and baseball was #1 for a while. If the goal is to win the Capital One Cup, Barnhardt is doing great things to get us on our way. He just improved the facilities of 6 sports (M/W Indoor, Outdoor, CC) in one move and that can help win points for that prestige. If you can look past the shortcomings of football in everyone’s eyes, the athletic program is in incredible shape right now.

  10. MitchMyButtHurt
    10:53 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing Mitch can manage are the olympic sports. He swung and missed with Bill G and his “coach n waiting” has become a “coach Iam still waiting.

  11. huh
    10:56 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    How can you say that when we just won a dang national basketball championship?

  12. Cole
    11:01 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    I am a runner, and this looks really good. I want to go run on it real soon, because is one of the nicest I have seen.

  13. jhnny
    11:03 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    #9 I actually agree with you. And I think fans are too hard on Mitch. Having said that, he needs to come out, address the UK fans, and explain what his plans are to turn around the football program. Again, the UK fans don’t ask for a lot, but they deserve better than having the third best football team in the state. Its time to upgrade the football facilities, hire a new coach, and see if he can do for football what he has done for the sports you mentioned.

  14. JCN
    11:20 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    “Don Weber, who recently retired as Head Coach of the track team this past year after 34 years on the Wildcat staff made upgrading the facilities for the track team a priority during his tenure, was also on hand today to see his final project come to completion. From”
    this is what caught my attention. On the job 34 years and just now got those track upgrades he made a priority during his tenure. Maybe in another 20-30 the football team can finally get that recruiting room they need.

  15. We Owe Joker
    11:56 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    We owe Joker! Could’ve gone anywhere, but he chose to be our Coach in Waiting. Give him an extension. He deserves 5 years max

  16. Facts are tricky...
    12:17 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Reality check #9…I’m so tired of hearing about how Mitch has made our athletic department incredible and perhaps the “best in the nation.” UK did not finish in the top 20 of the athletic directors cup standings…no not the fake Capital One Cup…the real one. Secondly, in the all-sports standings UK still finished 5th–an all time high for sure but still behind Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and LSU.

  17. STEVE!
    12:40 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    All my neighbors and co-workers who are Alabama, Florida, LSU, Georgia, and South Carolina are so envious of our volleyball and rifle teams and our position in the Capital One Cup standings, and they wish they could exchange places and ADs with us.

  18. The jokes on us
    12:57 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    #16 I know facts can be tricky. It seems if you want you can find some kinda facts to back everyone’s way of thinking. But there is no way UK athletics aren’t a lot better since Barnhart took over. I’m sorry but he has drastically improved every sport. Even football enjoyed its best 5 year run under his leadership. This is a Joker fail plain and simple. He was handed the keys to the top program in the state and a middle of the pack competitive SEC team. We now have the the worst team in the SEC and the state. Barnhart had to give him 3 years to show what he could do. 3 years is about right to show direction maybe not w’s and l,s as much as direction. Mitch will rectify the problem shortly.

  19. The jokes on us
    12:59 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    #17 I bet they wish they could trade our basketball team? You have to give Mitch credit for that one

  20. Smyzo
    1:22 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Yup, Mitch Barnhart has ruined a once proud football program. We went to 6 bowl games the 50 years before he arrived and only 5 during his tenure. Plus he cares about all the sports and thats clearly a negative. Bring back Larry Ivy!

  21. We Owe Joker is a Moron
    1:31 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    @15 You deserve to go play in traffic….blindfolded! “He could’ve gone anywhere”…I wish the hell he would go someplace else now. @15 you must be a UofL fan.

  22. Facts are tricky....
    2:32 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    @18…I’m sorry but what planet are you living on where we were a “middle of the pack competitive SEC team”. UK has not been a middle of the pack competitive team in over 50 years. Yeah we’ve upset a few teams over the year…come close a few times…but thats the end of it. In order for your assertion to have any factual backing, you’ve got to at least have a 0.500 in conference in three out of five consecutive years. In order to make progress we have to know our past…clearly we are all based in different realities.

  23. that guy
    8:30 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Be honest, how many of yall have been to a track event at UK? How many have been to any non football or non basketball games? I don’t think I went to any while I was at UK. UK needs an AD for the ‘money making’ sports and an AD for the ‘free ride’ sports.

    UK athletics has turned into the US government. We take in decent money but don’t apply it at home (football) but instead prop up other governments (track, swimming, girls anything).

  24. Turner the Burner
    9:00 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    23- that makes no sense. The other sports like baseball, volleyball, womens basketball, etc…. Do not make money. In order to have those sports, the money has to come from football… So I am not sure what your point is.

  25. OJ
    10:37 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    #24 – I’m guessing that if UK football brought in the money – most of it should have been spent on UK football. How pissed would you be if you were a football player – with a little knowledge of economics – if you know how much football brings in – only to see every non-revenue sport get major upgrades while football can’t even get a recruiting ‘room.’ Why would any kid that has multiple SEC offers – choose UK? Every other SEC school spends REAL money on football, while UK makes sure our track has new bleachers – which I can guarantee will NEVER be 100% filled.

    Why are there hungry people and infrastructure crumbling in the US while we send billions to other countries?

  26. Yab
    11:54 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    The International Olympic Committie thanks the gullible UK football fans for their generosity. And, the I.O.C. asks when football contributions will be redirected towards an Aquatic Center?