For the first time in 18 years, Kentucky hosted the SEC outdoor championships. The woman’s team entered 6th nationally while the men’s team entered 19th. Coach Floreal and his staff have worked extremely hard to make Kentucky Track and Field “relevant”; something they set out to be when he took the job two years ago. “I think we’re moving in the right direction with the bodies we have and the performance, having the fastest woman in the world on the team is not a bad deal at all. Having that and leading the nation in multiple events. I guess for me the cool thing is we’re good a little bit all over. I want to have a complete team. We have a discus thrower leading the country, we got a javelin thrower that’s second in the country, we got the fastest woman in the world, we’ve got a couple of hurdlers leading the country.” Coach Floreal had high expectations for his teams before the championships, but how did they fair? Here is a complete recap of the championship weekend:
- Beckie Famurewa placed fourth in the hammer throw with a distance of 59.06m/193-09.
- Cally Macumber won the silver medal in the 10,000m run with a time of 34:01.52
- Short and Donnellon placed fifth and seventh respectively in the decathlon; finishing with scores of 6942 and 6788.
- Andrew Evans captured a gold medal in the discus with a throw of 64.09 meters/210-feet and 3 inches; a foot father than the silver medalist. Even more impressive; he beat three of the top four throwers in the country.
- Mackay Wilson placed fourth in the 3,00- meter steeplechase with a time of 9:00.39
- Ray Dykstria placed first in the javelin throw with a distance of 76.45m/250-10
- Keffri Neal finished first in the men’s 1500m with a time of 3:48.69. Matt Hillenbrand finished third with a time of 3:49.69
- Kendra Harrison placed first in the women’s 100m hurdles finishing with a time of 12.86
- Nick Anderson placed fourth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.93
- Dezerea Bryant finished third in the 100m with a time of 11.24; breaking yet another school record
- Allison Peare finished second in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:04.13
- Brad Szypka finished fourth in the shot put with a distance of 19.58m/64-3
- Kendra Harrison placed first in the women’s 400m hurdles with a school record time of 54.73; third fastest in the WORLD this year.
- Kayla Parker finished fourth in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 13.34
- Dezerea Bryant finished second in the 200m with a time of 22.68
- Madison Jacobs took second place in the women’s discus with a mark of 53.52. She is only a freshman
- The team of Harrison, Bryant, Saunders, and Whaley finished fourth in the 4x400m relay.
The women’s team finished the SEC championships with a fourth place overall finish and a score of 104; their highest finish since 1983. The men finished sixth overall with an overall score of 65.5; their best finish since 1996. Congratulations to both teams on their finishes! Look for Kentucky Track and Field to be “relevant” for years to come.
(Stats and info from ukathletics.com and @KentuckyTrack)