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Matt Duvall Breaks 43-Year-Old Record at Joe Walker Invitational

Matt Duvall Breaks 43-Year-Old Record at Joe Walker Invitational

by Tony Neely

OXFORD, Miss. –  Matt Duvall broke the Kentucky freshman outdoor record in the 5000-meter run – a mark that had stood for 43 years – Saturday at the Joe Walker Invitational Track and Field Meet at the University of Mississippi.

Duvall covered the 5000 in 14:09.16, eclipsing the first-year outdoor time of 14:16.80 set by Dave Bensema in 1978.  Duvall finished fifth among 57 competitors in the race.  He now holds UK’s indoor and outdoor frosh records in the 5000, as he posted a 14:23.49 indoor mark in February at the South Carolina Invitational. He has enjoyed an outstanding rookie year at UK, as he was named Southeastern Conference Male Freshman of the Year in cross country last fall.

The Wildcats also had a high finisher in the women’s 5000, as junior Kaitlyn Lacy placed fourth among 40 runners. Her time of 16:26.63 is a personal best and improved her standing to No. 7 on UK’s all-time list for that outdoor distance.

All totaled, 11 Wildcats set personal bests over the two days at the Ole Miss Track & Field Complex.  Kentucky, ranked No. 9 in the nation among men’s teams and No. 10 on the women’s side, did not bring a complete team to this meet, with the focus being primarily on distance events and limited sprint action. 

Friday’s highlight was Perri Bockrath’s second-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Her time of 10:07.50 improved her personal best by more than 25 seconds and landed her No. 2 on the all-time UK list for that event. Freshman Tori Herman is now No. 5 on the UK all-time list in the women’s outdoor 1500m with her clocking of 4:18.72 Friday.

Here are the Wildcat results:

Saturday, April 10 


UK entries 

Women’s 400m

14. Sydney Spillman, 1:00.23

17. Amber Taylor, 1:01.42

Men’s 100m

10. Chris Duffy, 10.82

Women’s 800m

13. Bryanna Lucas, 2:08.30 | Personal best

Women’s 5000m

4. Kaitlyn Lacy, 16:26.63 | Personal best by 11+ seconds, No. 7 on the UK all-time list

14. Sophie Carrier, 16:58.61

31. Sarah Michels, 18:16.83

Men’s 5000m

5. Matt Duvall 14:09.16 | Personal best, breaks UK outdoor freshman record that had stood since 1978

10. Jake Allen, 14:14.42 | Personal best by 11+ seconds

17. Ethan Kern, 14:25.38 | Personal best

30. Aaron Withrow, 14:45.45

35. Jonah Mitchell, 14:52.52

36. Shane Williams, 14:54.91

Men’s 1500m

22. Dylan Allen, 3:43.67 | Personal best

40. Brennan Fields, 3:48.07

48. Matthew Thomas, 3:49.86

53. Gabriel Szalay, 3:51.92

63. McLean Griffin, 3:57.24

Friday, April 9   


UK entries 

Men’s 200m

18. Chris Duffy, 22.62 | Personal best

Women’s 1500m

8. Tori Herman, 4:18.72 | Personal best, No. 5 on the UK all-time list

26. Rachel Boice, 4:29.62 | Personal best by 9+ seconds

29. DeAnna Martin, 4:33.43

31. Madisyn Peeples, 4:33.93 | Personal best

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

2. Perri Bockrath, 10:07.50 | Personal best by 25+ seconds, No. 2 on the UK all-time list

Kentucky’s full squad will be back in action April 16-17 at the Tom Jones Memorial Meet at the University of Florida.

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