UKTF Hosts Jim Green Invitational this Weekend in Nutter Field House
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky track and field teams will open their home schedule this weekend inside Nutter Field House with the inaugural Jim Green Invitational.
Admission is free. Parking will be available in the Green Lot adjacent to Nutter Field House and Kroger Field.
The meet will be streamed live on SEC Network+/WatchESPN on Saturday starting at 1:15 p.m. ET.
Fans can follow the meet via @KentuckyTrack social media channels on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as well as on UKathletics.com.
Friday’s action will feature the men’s and women’s weight throw and high jump, and men’s and women’s distance medley relays before a fuller meet program on Saturday.
The Kentucky women’s team was ranked preseason No. 10 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The meet will recognize Green, the first African-American student-athlete at Kentucky and in the Southeastern Conference to win NCAA and SEC Championships.
Green was one of the SEC’s pioneers of integration and was a 2007 inductee into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. He’s in fact an inductee into six Halls of Fame.
Green was the first UK African-American to serve as co-captain on the track team and in December 1971 became the first African-American student-athlete to graduate from UK.
In spite of facing open hostility at many competitions, Green succeeded at the highest levels of collegiate sport. He was a three-time NCAA champion, winning the indoor 60-yard dash in 1968 and the 100-yard dash in both 1968 and 1971.
He earned All-America honors six times and won eight SEC individual events, including the indoor 60-yard dash (1968, 1971), outdoor 100-yard dash (1968, 1970, 1971), and outdoor 220-yard dash (1968, 1970, 1971).
2019 Participating Teams
Senior Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile Excel was named National Athlete of the Week by the USTFCCCA in December after the first meet of the indoor season.
Ebwea-Bile Excel had all four of the top triple jump marks in the nation so far in her season-opener at the Hoosier Open.