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Kentucky Brings the Heat in 200 Meters on Day One of McCravy-Green Invitational

Kentucky Brings the Heat in 200 Meters on Day One of McCravy-Green Invitational

by Tony Neely and Jake Most

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 2021 McCravy-Green Friday
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.

Time  Event  UK entries 
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 
Five Sections 
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 
Seven Sections 
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

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.

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