Kentucky Brings the Heat in 200 Meters on Day One of McCravy-Green Invitational
LEXINGTON, Ky. – It was cold outside the University of Kentucky’s Nutter Field House, but the Wildcat 200-meter runners turned up the heat Friday on the first day of the Rod McCravy-Jim Green Invitational.
Lance Lang, a sophomore from St. Louis, and Abby Steiner, a junior from Dublin, Ohio, burned the track in 20.94 and 22.83 seconds, respectively in the men’s and women’s 200m dash – the best times in the nation in the relatively young season. It was Lang’s personal best and the sixth-best indoor 200 time in school history.
Kentucky won four of the 10 events on the day, including the men’s shot put and men’s high jump. Josh Sobota, a junior from Knoxville, heaved the sphere 62 feet, 6 inches (19.05m), the fifth-longest put in the current national rankings. Rahman Minor of Indianapolis, Trey Causey III, a junior from Stockbridge, Ga. both cleared 6’11” (2.11m) and Minor won on the tiebreaker as he had a perfect series, while Causey took two tries to clear the winning height.
Abby Steiner ran a top 200m time early in the 2021 season
The University of Louisville also won four events Friday, with the University of Cincinnati and North Carolina A&T also claiming one event.
Below are the Kentucky event results for Friday, including notes on personal bests and marks on the all-time Wildcat lists.
|3:00 PM||Women’s Weight Throw||2. Molly Leppelmeier: 67’8″/20.62m | PB, No. 2 UK all-time
3. Jade Gates: 63’4″/19.30m | No. 5 UK all-time
|3:00 PM||Men’s Long Jump||3. Robbie Springfield: 24’0.75″/7
5. Trey Causey III: 23’1.75″/7.05m
|4:00 PM||Men’s Weight Throw||2. Michael Browning: 59’11″/18.26m|
|4:00 PM||Women’s High Jump||2. Annika Williams: 5’9.75″/1.77m | No. 7 on #UKTF all-time indoor list
3. Carly Hinkle: 5’7.25″/1.71m
|5:00 PM||Men’s High Jump||1. Rahman Minor: 6’11″/2.11m
2. Trey Causey: 6’11″/2.11m
|5:00 PM||Women’s Shot Put||2. Molly Leppelmeier: 50’1.75″/15.28m
7. Annika Williams: 37’5.75″/11.42m
|6:00 PM||Women’s Long Jump||2. Annika Williams: 19’2.75″/5.86m (PB)|
|6:00 PM||Men’s Shot Put||1. Josh Sobota: 62’6″/9.05m | No. 5 on TFRRS DI list entering Friday
9. Michael Browning: 46’10″/ 14.27m
|6:15 PM||Women’s 200m
|1. Abby Steiner: 22.83 (No. 1 on DI list entering Friday)
2. Dajour Miles: 23.89
7. Kaylyn Heath: 25.00
|6:30 PM||Men’s 200m
|1. Lance Lang: 20.94 | PB, No. 1 on DI performance list entering Friday, No. 6 #UKTF all-time indoors
3. Dwight St. Hillarie: 21.09
4. Jacob Smith: 21.25
6. Cameron Council: 21.65
9. Rodney Heath Jr.: 22:15
10. Tai Brown: 22.23
The McCravy-Green resumes Saturday with 22 total events beginning at 11 a.m. Live results are available at https://live.pttiming.com/?mid=2116
The event is named in honor of two former Kentucky track athletes. Jim Green was the first African-American student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference to win NCAA and Southeastern Conference championships. He won eight SEC individual events and three individual NCAA titles. Rod McCravy, who had established himself as a leader with great respect and care for others, died in 1987 at the age of 19.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in order the create the safest possible meet experience, only essential personnel will be permitted inside Nutter Field House. Those permitted inside the facility include student-athletes, coaches and support personnel; meet officials and Kentucky staff as well as public safety officials and media.