Track & Field

UKTF Finishes 2019 Edition of the McCravy with Nine Event Wins

by Jake Most

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky track and field teams wrapped the Annual Rod McCravy Memorial Meet with nine individual-event wins plus two top-collegian finishers over two days of competition inside Nutter Field House on the UK campus.

The meet itself featured 17 marks that rank in the NCAA Division I top-25 this season at press time on Saturday night. Wildcats recorded seven of those marks.
 
Celera Barnes, Abby Steiner, Kianna Gray

Saturday event winners
Junior Daniel Roberts did the vaunted McCravy 60-meter dash and hurdles double with personal bests in both events.

He lowered his school record in the 60H with a time of 7.67, which ranks No. 4 in the nation. He won the 60m in 6.63, moving to No. 3 on the UK all-time list and ranking No. 11 in DI at publication time.
 
Senior Kianna Gray and freshman Abby Steiner pushed each other in both the women’s 60m prelims and final with the final coming down to a photo finish with the clock stopping at 7.30 – a season best for Gray and a personal best for Steiner. The veteran Wildcat edged the rookie in the photo with a .002 difference when measured to the thousands place. The 7.30s rank No. 17 in DI.
 
Noah Castle won the McCravy men’s shot for the second year in a row with a mark of 63’00.25″/19.21m, while Charles Lenford Jr. and Josh Sobota gave UK a 1-2-3 result.
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UK’s women’s 4x400m relay of Ross, Steiner, Masai Russell and Chloe Abbott won in 3:34.44.
 
Russell was top collegian in the women’s 60m hurdles, second overall in 8.33.
 
Saturday notables
Caleb Wilt ran a PB 7.90 to place second to Roberts in the 60H, moving into a tie with freshman teammate Tai Brown for No. 5 on the UK all-time list.
 
Brennan Fields ran a mile PB 4:04.65 to place second. Gabriel Szalay (fifth), Trevor Warren (eighth) and Dylan Allen (11th) also ran PBs, while Kendall Muhammad was seventh.
 
Micaela Hazlewood took second place in the women’s shot put with a mark of 53’8.25″/16.36m.
 
Matthew Peare placed second in the men’s pole vault clearing 17’00.75″/5.20m.

Ross ran a season best in the open 400m to place third – 54.82.
 
William Walker ran a 400m PB 48.94 to place 17th.
 
Kelli Walsh placed third in the women’s 3k with a PB time 10:03.29, with Mallory Liggett one place behind with a PB 10:14.67. Madisyn Peeples also ran a PB.
 
Patrick Schaefer placed second in the men’s 3k.

UK’s men’s 4x400m relay of Jacob Smith, Dwight St. Hillaire, William Walker and Cameron Council concluded the meet with a third-place time of 3:12.05.

Lenford Jr’s second-place shot put of 62’2.5″/18.96m was an indoor PB, which ranks No. 21 in the nation.
 
Friday winners
Minor won the high jump with a season best and indoor personal record clearance 7’3″/2.21m, which ranks No. 10 in DI at the moment. The mark moved him to No. 2 on the UK indoor all-time list and also matched his overall previous best which he did at the Louisville Invitational last outdoor season while competing for Purdue.
 
Lenford Jr. dominated in the weight throw, as his implement reached 60’05.25″/18.42m.
 
Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile Excel’s long jump of 19’09.75″/6.04m was enough to propel her into first, winning her first LJ title of the indoor season. Ebwea-Bile Excel entered the weekend with the top triple jump in Division I this season.
 
Sarah Michels won the 5k in a PB 17:40.12.
 
Friday notables
Molly Leppelmeier passed her personal best by 2’1.25″/19.65m, as she finished third in weight throw at 64’05.75″. Micaela Hazlewood hit the 61’08.25″/18.80m mark to finish fourth.
 
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Nicole Bagby was second overall and top collegian in the women’s pole vault clearing 12’01.50″/3.70m.
 
Meet Primer
Alabama State, Ashland, EKU, Georgia State, Indiana Tech, UK, Lee (Tennessee), Murray State, Ohio State, Southern Miss and WKU were the teams at the meet.
 
The UK women’s team entered the weekend ranked No. 10 and Ohio State was ranked No. 21 in this week’s USTFCCCA top-25.

Held annually since 1993, the meet honors Kentucky Wildcat Rod McCravy who suffered an untimely death as a freshman at UK.
 
The meet concluded UK’s home slate of indoor meets, with the Kentucky Open on April 20 UK’s lone outdoor home competition.

 

2019 Rod McCravy Memorial

Saturday, February 2nd

Women

Triple Jump

Final

5. Zhane Smith: 38’7.75 “/11.78m

Women

Shot Put

Final

2. Micaela Hazlewood: 53’8.25″/16.36m

4. Molly Leppelmeier: 49’11″/15.21m

5. Nicole Fautsch: 49’1.00″/14.96m

Men

Shot Put

Final

1. Noah Castle: 63’00.25″/19.21m

2. Charles Lenford Jr.: 62’2.5″/18.96m

3. Josh Sobota: 60’8.75″/18.51m

Men

Pole Vault

Final

2. Matthew Peare: 17’00.75″/5.20m

4. Joseph Jardine: 16’00.75″/4.90m

5. Lincoln Young: 15’1.00″/4.60m

Men

60 Meters

Semifinal

2. Daniel Roberts: 6.69Q

9. Jacob Smith: 6.87q

16. Cameron Council: 6.98

Women

60 Meters

Semifinal

1. Kianna Gray: 7.34Q .334

2. Abby Steiner: 7.34Q .339

4. Celera Barnes: 7.49Q

8. Devine Parker:  7.58q

10. Janie O’Connor: 7.62

Women

 60 Hurdles

Semifinal

3. Faith Ross: 8.49Q

4. Masai Russell: 8.49Q

Men

 60 Hurdles

Semifinal

1. Daniel Roberts: 7.76Q

3. Caleb Wilt: 7.95Q

4. Tai Brown: 8.00Q

Women

Mile

Final

5. Rachel Boice: 4.59.96 — PB

7. Perri Bockrath: 5:02.67 – PB

12. Sophie Carrier: 5:09.83

16. Isabella Galvez: 5:18.06 — PB

Men

Mile

Final

2. Brennan Fields: 4:04.65 – 5-second PB

5. Gabriel Szalay: 4:11.61 — PB

7. Kendall Muhammad: 4:12.52

8. Trevor Warren: 4:13.12 — PB

11. Dylan Allen: 4:14.93 — PB

Women

60 Meters

Final

1. Kianna Gray: 7.30 (7.293) — SB

2. Abby Steiner: 7.30 (7.295) – PB

4. Celera Barnes: 7.41  — SB

8. Devine Parker: 7.73

Men

60 Meters

Final

1. Daniel Roberts: 6.63 – PB, No. 3 UK all-time list

Women

 60 Hurdles

Final

2. Masai Russell: 8.33 (top collegian)

4. Faith Ross: 8.38

Men

60 Hurdles

Final

1. Daniel Roberts: 7.67 – PB, improves school record

2. Caleb Wilt: 7.90 – PB, T-No. 5 on UK all-time list

FS: Tai Brown

Women

400 Meters

Final

3. Faith Ross: 54.82 — SB

4. Masai Russell: 55.25

19. Kamilah Williams: 59.74 — PB

Men

400 Meters

Final

17. William Walker: 48.94 — PB

Women

800 Meters

Final

6. Emily Akin: 2:14.40

7. Brooke Nohilly: 2:14.99 — CB

Men

800 Meters

Final

16. Zachary Wachs: 2:00.96

Women

3,000 Meters

Final

3. Kelli Walsh: 10:03.29 — PB

4. Mallory Liggett: 10:14.67 – PB

7. Madisyn Peeples: 10:20.94 – PB

8. Caitlin Shepard: 10:33.76

Men

3,000 Meters

Final

2. Patrick Schaefer: 8:33.45

4. Cole Dowdy: 8:43.78

5. Tanner Dowdy: 8:49.78

Women

4x400m Relay

Final

1. UK (Ross, Steiner, Russell, Abbott): 3:34.44

3. UK –b—(Gray, Parker, Barnes, Williams): 3:50.45

Men

4x400m Relay

Final

3. UK (Smith, St. Hillaire, Walker, Council): 3:12.05

Friday, February 1st

Men

High Jump

Prelim/ Final

1. Rahman Minor: 7’03.00″/2.21m – indoor PB, No. 2 all-time indoor list

Women

Long Jump

Final

1. Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile Excel: 19’09.75″/6.04m

Men

Long Jump

Final

6. Robbie Springfield: 23’10.75″/7.28m

Women

Weight Throw

Final

3. Molly Leppelmeier: 64’05.75″/19.65m – 2’1.25″ PB, No. 4 all-time list

4. Micaela Hazlewood: 61’08.25″/18.80m – season best, No. 7 all-time list

11. Nicole Fautsch: 48’04.00″/14.73m

Men

Weight Throw

Final

1. Charles Lenford Jr.: 60’05.25″/18.42m

Women

Pole Vault

Final

2. Nicole Bagby: 12’01.50″/3.70m

3. Riley Caudill: 12’01.50/3.70m

Women

200 Meters

Final

2. Kianna Gray: 23.21 – season best

3. Devine Parker: 24.07 – season best

4. Chloe Abbott: 24.08

6. Celera Barnes: 24.31

13. Janie O’Connor: 24.90

Men

200 Meters

Final

4. Jacob Smith: 21.13 – ties PB, season best, No. 7 all-time indoor list

5. Dwight St. Hillaire: 21.18

10. Cameron Council: 21.57

27. Tai Brown: 22.28

34. Caleb Wilt: 23.07

Women

600 Meters

Final

5. Brooke Nohilly: 1:36.64

Women

5,000 Meters

Final

1. Sarah Michels: 17:40.12 – PB


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