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Dwight St. Hillaire and Women’s 4x400 Relay Post Wins, Molly Leppelmeier Sets School Record at Florida Relays

Dwight St. Hillaire and Women’s 4x400 Relay Post Wins, Molly Leppelmeier Sets School Record at Florida Relays

by Tony Neely

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dwight St. Hillaire won the 400-meter dash, the women’s 4x400m relay won its event and Molly Leppelmeier set a school record in the hammer throw on Saturday at the Florida Relays in Gainesville.

Leppelmeier got the day going by finishing second in the hammer throw, slinging it 212’0″/64.62m.  She broke the school record of 211’9″ set by Beckie Famurewa in 2016 and eclipsed her own personal best by more than four feet.

Dwight St. Hillaire earned a win for the second-straight week by covering the 400-meter dash in 44.74 seconds, currently the second-best time in the nation for the young outdoor season. St. Hillaire has been on a torrid streak recently. Last week, he was part of three victories at the Weems Baskin meet, breaking the school record in the 200m dash and being part of the winning 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Prior to that, he concluded the indoor season with silver medals at both the NCAA and Southeastern Conference championships in the 4×400 relay. 

Saturday’s effort finished on a high note as the women’s 4x400m relay of Megan Moss, Abby Steiner, Celera Barnes and Dajour Miles won the event with a time of 3:29.91 that rates No. 4 on the UK all-time list.

“It was a very good weekend, the kids competed very well,” head coach Lonnie Greene said. “It started off with Molly breaking the school record in the hammer. Dwight was a highlight. As I said last week at South Carolina, when Dwight starts to believe in Dwight, he will do great things.  He ran 44.74 on the third day of April.  When he felt the challenge (in the 400), he didn’t back off. He trusted his training and executed very well.

“Lance Lang ran 20.51 in the 200 meters (Friday), a freshman record, he’s going to run well. The women winning the mile relay in 3:29 is a solid run. Masai Russell and Faith Ross in the 400-meter hurdles in 57 (seconds), finishing second and (fifth) respectively, Kenroy (Williams) running 51.3 and a PR in the 400 hurdles, Rahman Minor (fifth) in the high jump, Keaton Daniel (winning) the pole vault (Friday), it was a good weekend.  

“We just need to keep putting these types of weekends back-to-back, keep everybody healthy, get Faith Holmes and Langston Jackson back in the lineup, I think we’re going to be OK.  I’m excited about what’s happening with the program, both the men’s and women’s teams.”
during the Pepsi Florida Relays on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Craig Haas
The Wildcats set five personal bests on Saturday and landed three marks on UK all-time top 10 lists.  Along with Leppelmeier and the women’s 4×400, Jade Gates’ 191’0″/58.21m in the women’s hammer throw is No. 4 on the UK all-time list.

In addition to UK’s two wins on Saturday, UK’s second-place finishes were Charles Lenford in the discus throw, Leppelmeier in the hammer throw, Tai Brown in the 110m hurdles, Lance Lang in the 100m dash, and the men’s 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

All totaled for the two-day meet, UK athletes totaled 20 personal bests and had 10 marks on the UK all-time top-10 lists. 

In addition to Kentucky and host Florida, the strong field of participating schools included 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.

Leppelmeier School Record

Here are Kentucky’s results from the meet:

Saturday, April 3  


UK entries 

Men’s Discus Throw

2. Charles Lenford Jr., 183’11″/56.06m

6. Josh Sobota, 177’1″/53.98m

15. Michael Browning, 148’4″/45.22m | Personal best

18. John Kruzel, 143’3″/43.66m

Women’s Hammer Throw

2. Molly Leppelmeier, 212’0″/64.62m | Personal best, school record

6. Jade Gates, 191’0″/58.21m | No. 4 on the UK all-time list

Women’s Shot Put

5. Nicole Fautsch, 52’9.25″/16.08m

15. Molly Leppelmeier, 48’3.25″/14.71m

Women’s High Jump

7. Carly Hinkle, 5’8.75″/1.75m

10. Ellen Ekholm, 5’7″/1.70m

Men’s Triple Jump

9. Joseph Palmer, 47’11.25″/14.61m

Women’s 100m Hurdles Preliminaries/Finals

7. Faith Ross, 13.47 q

8. Masai Russell, 13.48 q

13. Darci Khan, 13.69

18. Amaya Chadwick, 14.03

22. Annika Williams, 14.35

27. Shadajah Ballard, 19.62


5. Masai Russell, 13.25

9. Faith Ross, 13.66

Men’s 110m Hurdles


2. Tai Brown, 13.66 Q


2. Tai Brown, 13.64

Women’s 4x100m Relay

No entry

Men’s 4x100m Relay

2. Kentucky (Rodney Heath Jr., Dwight St. Hillaire, Jacob Smith, Lance Lang), 39.59

Women’s 800m

8. Jenna Schwinghamer, 2:08.14

9. Bryanna Lucas, 2:08.78 | Personal best

Women’s 400m

10. Megan Moss, 52.96

Men’s 400m

1. Dwight St. Hillaire, 44.74

Women’s 100m

5. Celera Barnes, 11.41

Men’s 100m

2. Lance Lang, 10.41

4. Rodney Heath Jr., 10.45 | Personal best

10. Cameron Council, 10.68 | Personal best

Women’s 4x400m Relay

1. Kentucky “A” (Megan Moss, Abby Steiner, Celera Barnes, Dajour Miles), 3:29.91 | No. 4 on UK all-time list

8. Kentucky “B” (Faith Ross, Masai Russell, Darci Khan, Amaya Chadwick), 3:43.47

Men’s 4x400m Relay

2. Kentucky “A” (Jacob Smith, Dwight St. Hillaire, Kennedy Lightner, Lance Lang), 3:04.98

11. Kentucky “B” (Beck O’Daniel, Langston Jackson, Tai Brown, Cameron Council), 3:23.72


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 | Personal best, 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 | Personal best, 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 | Personal best, 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 | Personal best, 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 | Personal best, 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 | Personal best, 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



Kentucky returns to action Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, at the Joe Walker Invite in Oxford, Miss.

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