Track & Field
Keaton Daniel Wins Again, Lance Lang Sets Freshman Record at Florida Relays

Keaton Daniel Wins Again, Lance Lang Sets Freshman Record at Florida Relays

by Tony Neely

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Keaton Daniel won the pole vault for the second week in a row and Lance Lang set the freshman outdoor record in the 200-meter dash as the University of Kentucky track and field teams opened the Florida Relays on Friday in Gainesville.

A week after setting the UK outdoor school record, Daniel followed with a clearance of 17’2.75″/5.25m to tie Ryan Lipe of Alabama for the pole vault win.

Meanwhile, on the track, redshirt freshman Lance Lang finished second in the 200m dash with a time of 20.51 seconds.  His mark is third all-time at UK and broke the UK freshman record of 20.74 seconds set two years ago by current Wildcat Jacob Smith.

The Wildcats set 15 personal bests on Friday, seven of which landed in the UK all-time top 10 lists.  In addition to Lang’s mark:

  • Kenroy Williams, 51.36 in the men’s 400m hurdles, No. 4 on the UK all-time list
  • Alison D’Alessandro, 12’9.5″/3.90m in the women’s pole vault, No. 4 on the UK all-time list
  • Tori Herman, 4:18.75 in the women’s 1500m run, No. 5 on the UK all-time list
  • Rachel Boice, 10:40.69 in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, No. 6 on the UK all-time list
  • Lincoln Young, 16’10.75″/5.15m, in the men’s pole vault, No. 7 on the UK all-time list
  • Kaitlyn Lacy third in the women’s 5k in 16:37.88. Big PB and she’s now No. 10 on the UK all-time list.

Saturday’s action on Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium resumes in the field at 10 a.m. and on the track at noon.

In addition to Kentucky and host Florida, participating schools include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, South Carolina, Southern California and Virginia Tech.  Seven of the 13 women’s teams are ranked in the nation’s top 25, including No. 13 Kentucky.  Five men’s squads are nationally ranked.  The UK men have not yet hit the national rankings but are No. 5 in the Southeast Region.

Here are Kentucky’s results from Friday and events for Saturday:

Friday, April 2   


UK entries 

Women’s Discus Throw

5. Nicole Fautsch, 168’7″/51.38m

8. Molly Leppelheimer, 163’7″/49.87m

Men’s Hammer Throw 

10. Charles Lenford Jr., 189’10″/57.86m

15. Ezarious Roller, 143’0″/43.58m

Men’s Pole Vault 

T1. Keaton Daniel, 17’2.75″/5.25m

3. Lincoln Young, 16’10.75″/5.15m | No. 7 on the UK all-time list

4. Joseph Jardine, 15’11″/4.85m

T5. Dalton Shepler, 15’5″/4.70m

Men’s High Jump 

5. Rahman Minor, 7’0.5″/2.15m

7. Trey Causey III, 6’8.75″/2.05m

Men’s Shot Put

6. Charles Lenford Jr., 58’8″/17.88m

Women’s Pole Vault

2. Alison D’Alessandro, 12’9.5″/3.90m | No. 4 on the UK all-time list

6. Siobhan Szerencsits, 12’3.5″/3.75m

Women’s 1500m  

5. Tori Herman, 4:18.75 | No. 5 on the UK all-time list

Men’s 1500m

2. Dylan Allen, 3:43.82 | Personal best

6. Brennan Fields, 3:47.53 | Personal best

9. Jake Allen, 3:48.45

10. Ethan Kern, 3:51.76

17. Matt Duvall, 3:54.39

Women’s 200m

3. Dajour Miles, 23.36

5. Celera Barnes, 23.43

13. Megan Moss, 23.88 | Personal best

23. Shadajah Ballard, 24.47

27. Annika Williams, 24.92 | Personal best

28. Darci Khan, 24.98

Men’s 200m

3. Lance Lang, 20.51 | No. 3 on the UK all-time list | Freshman record

14. Tai Brown, 21.27 | Personal best

17. Rodney Heath Jr., 21.39 | Personal best

22. Cameron Council, 21.47

Women’s 400m Hurdles

2. Masai Russell, 57.55

5. Faith Ross, 57.80

Men’s 400m Hurdles

7. Kenroy Williams, 51.36 | No. 4 on the UK all-time list

13. Beck O’Daniel, 53.03 | Personal best

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

4. Rachel Boice, 10:40.69 | No. 6 on the UK all-time list

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase

4. Matthew Thomas, 9:29.59

3. McLean Griffin, 9:18.61 | Personal best

Women’s 5000m  

3. Kaitlyn Lacy, 16:37.88  | Personal best, No. 10 on the UK all-time list




Saturday, April 3  


UK entries 

Men’s Discus Throw, 10 am

Michael Browning

Ezarious Roller

John Kruzel

Josh Sobota

Charles Lenford Jr.

Women’s Hammer Throw, 10 am

Molly Leppelmeier

Jade Gates

Women’s Shot Put, 1 pm

Nicole Fautsch

Molly Leppelmeier

Women’s High Jump, 2 pm

Ellen Ekholm

Annika Williams

Carly Hinkle

Men’s Triple Jump, 2 pm

Trey Causey III

Joseph Palmer

Women’s 100m Hurdles Preliminaries noon/Finals 2 pm

Amaya Chadwick

Darci Khan

Shadajah Ballard

Masai Russell

Faith Ross

Annika Williams

Men’s 110m Hurdles

Preliminaries 12:15/Finals 2:05

Tai Brown

Women’s 4x100m Relay, 1 pm

Kentucky (Celera Barnes, Abby Steiner, Dajour Miles, Megan Moss)

Men’s 4x100m Relay, 1 pm

Cameron Council, Dwight St. Hillaire, Jacob Smith, Lance Lang

Women’s 800m, 1:20 pm

Jenna Schwinghamer

Bryanna Lucas

Women’s 400m, 2:10 pm

Megan Moss

Men’s 400m, 2:30 pm

Dwight St. Hillaire

Jacob Smith

Women’s 100m, 2:50 pm

Celera Barnes

Dajour Miles

Shadajah Ballard

Men’s 100m, 3:05 pm

Lance Lang

Rodney Heath Jr.

Cameron Council

Women’s 4x400m Relay, 3:50 pm

Kentucky (Faith Ross, Masai Russell, Celera Barnes, Darci Khan)

Kentucky (Alexis Holmes, Abby Steiner, Megan Moss, Dajour Miles)

Men’s 4x400m Relay, 4:10 pm

Kentucky (Beck O’Daniel, Rodney Heath Jr., Joseph Jardine, Joseph Palmer)

Kentucky (Kenroy Williams, Langston Jackson, Cameron Council, Tai Brown)

Kentucky (Jacob Smith, Lance Lang, Kennedy Lightner, Dwight St. Hillaire)

Follow along with the Cats on FacebookInstagramTwitter and on the web at

Related Stories

View all