Track & Field

UKTF Alumna Keni Harrison Headed to Olympics

by Tony Neely and Jake Most

EUGENE, Oregon – Keni Harrison, who competed for the University of Kentucky in 2014-15, affirmed one of the biggest redemption stories of the United States Track and Field Olympic Team Trials, qualifying for Team USA on Sunday at Hayward Field. She won the U.S. Olympic Trials 100-meter hurdles final in 12.47 seconds.
 
Harrison’s performance in the 100-meter hurdles was a mixture of relief and redemption after not making the Olympics in 2016.  Ironically, just two weeks after the ’16 Olympic Trials she set the world record (12.20 seconds) that still stands, as a statement of the intent that she wouldn’t be deterred. Her indefatigable determination was on display once again on Sunday.
 
Having to wait five long years for another Olympic opportunity, Harrison left no doubt Sunday night.
 
First, Harrison advanced to the finals by winning her semifinal heat wire-to-wire at 12.50 seconds. Less than two hours later, she won the finals with a picture-perfect streak of 12.47.

“All the glory goes to God, just to come out here and do what I knew I could do,” Harrison said. “I’m so glad I can put the past behind me and move forward.
 
“I try not to think of it as pressure. I know what I’m capable of, just to come out here and execute and cross the line first, and get the opportunity to go to the Olympics, means everything. I’ve worked so hard for this moment and I’m looking forward to it.”
 
It has been a big week for Harrison. In addition to making the U.S. Olympic Team, on Tuesday it was announced that she is one of the six Wildcats named to the 2021 class of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Harrison is one of the greatest athletes in UK track and field history. As a senior, she was named National Track Athlete of the Year after winning the NCAA championship in the 60m indoor hurdles and 100m outdoor hurdles. She also was a five-time SEC gold medalist. An exemplary student, she earned Academic All-America and received the NCAA Top 10 Award.
 
Harrison became the second Wildcat in as many nights to become a United States Olympian. On Saturday, Javianne Oliver earned a slot on Team USA by finishing second in the finals of the 100m dash.  Oliver and Harrison join Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (Puerto Rico – 100m hurdles) on the list of Wildcat alumni to punch their tickets to Tokyo so far.
 
Also in action Sunday night was Katy Kunc (class of 2018), who advanced to the finals of the 3000m steeplechase. Turning in remarkably consistent lap splits, Kunc placed 13th with a personal-best time of 9:37.85. The steeplechase finals will be Thursday.
 
Looking ahead to Monday, two Wildcats will compete in finals events – redshirt freshman Keaton Daniel in the pole vault and Ethan Shalaway (class of 2018) in the javelin throw.  
 
Tuesday and Wednesday will be rest days before the competition resumes Thursday with Kunc and eight additional Wildcats in action. More UK alumni and current Cats are entered in the meet and will be covered as they compete.
 
The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed last year, but are still being known as the 2020 Olympics.
 
How to qualify for the Olympics
The top three finishers in each event, so long as they have the Olympic qualifying standard which was established by World Athletics months ago, will automatically earn spots on Team USA for the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in in Tokyo in July-August 2021. 
 
Olympic team trials and their equivalent meetings are taking place across the world in the coming days and weeks.

 

U.S Olympic Teams Trials Schedule | All Times Pacific (local) and subject to change.

Day 1 – Friday, June 18, 2021

Discus Throw

Women

Qualifying

4. Micaela Hazlewood (Class of 2019): 195’11″/59.72m q

400m

Women

1st Round

17. Chloe Abbott (Class of 2020): 52.52

High Jump

Women

Qualifying

Annika Williams (Scratched)

100m

Women

1st Round

2. Javianne Oliver (Class of 2017): 10.96Q (+1.1) | PB

7. Dezerea Bryant (Class of 2015): 11.09 (+0.8) | SB

10,000m

Men

Final

17. Jacob Thomson (Class of 2018): 28:42.08

Day 2 – Saturday, June 19, 2021

Javelin Throw

Men

Qualifying

12. Ethan Shalaway (Class of 2018): 223’3″/68.04m q

Pole Vault

Men

Qualifying

T1. Keaton Daniel: 18’6.5″/5.65m q

100m Hurdles

Women

1st Round

1. Keni Harrison (Class of 2015/

UK Athletics HoF): 12.49Q (-0.3)

19. Masai Russell: 13.09 (+0.1)

26.

Faith Ross: 13.32 (-0.3)

100m

Men

1st Round

24. Lance Lang: 10.27

100m

Women

Semi-Finals

2. Javianne Oliver (Class of 2017): 10.83wQ (+2.3)

9. Dezerea Bryant (Class of 2015): 11.03w (+2.3)

Discus Throw

Women

Final

2. Micaela Hazelwood: 205’2″/62.54m

100m

Women

Final

2. Javianne Oliver (Class of 2017): 10.99 (-1.0), makes U.S. Olympic Team

 Day 3 – Sunday, June 20, 2021

100m Hurdles

Women

Semi-Finals

2. Keni Harrison (Class of 2015/UK Athletics HoF): 12.50Q (+1.3)

3000m Steeplechase

Women

1st Round

13. Katy Kunc (Class of 2018): 9:37.85q | Personal best

100m Hurdles

Women

Final

1. Keni Harrison (Class of 2015/UK Athletics HoF): 12.47 (+0.8), makes U.S. Olympic Team

Day 4 – Monday, June 21, 2021

3:30 p.m.

Pole Vault

Men

Final

Keaton Daniel

4:15 p.m.

Javelin Throw

Men

Final

Ethan Shalaway

4:29 p.m.

3000m Steeplechase

Men

1st Round

 

4:40 p.m.

Triple Jump

Men

Final

 

5:05 p.m.

1500m

Women

Final

 

5:28 p.m.

800m

Men

Final

 

5:40 p.m.

5000m

Women

Final

 

 

 

Day 5 – Tuesday, June 22, 2021

 

Rest Day

 

Day 6 – Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Rest Day

 

 

 

 

 Day 7 – Thursday, June 24, 2021

1:25 p.m.

Hammer Throw

Women

Qualifying

 

1:30 p.m.

Shot Put

Women

Qualifying

 

5:00 p.m.

Pole Vault

Women

Qualifying

Olivia Gruver (transferred to Washington for senior year)

5:45 p.m.

Long Jump

Women

Qualifying

Kenyattia Hackworth (Class of 2015), Sha’Keela Saunders (Class of 2018)

6:04 p.m.

1500m

Men

1st Round

 

6:31 p.m.

200m

Women

1st Round

Dezerea Bryant

7:00 p.m.

800m

Women

1st Round

 

7:05 p.m.

Discus Throw

Men

Qualifying

 

7:32 p.m.

400m Hurdles

Men

1st Round

Sydney McLaughlin (2018), Kiah Seymour (2016), Masai Russell, Faith Ross

8:00 p.m.

Shot Put

Women

Final

 

8:04 p.m.

5000m

Men

1st Round

 

8:47 p.m.

3000m Steeplechase

Women

Final

Katy Kunc (Class of 2018)

 Day 8 – Friday, June 25, 2021

1:00 p.m.

Javelin Throw

Women

Qualifying

 

1:30 p.m.

Long Jump

Men

Qualifying

 

2:04 p.m.

200m

Men

1st Round

Lance Lang, EJ Floreal (Class of 2019)

2:33 p.m.

110m Hurdles

Men

1st Round

Daniel Roberts (2019), Nick Anderson (Class of 2016), Tai Brown

3:00 p.m.

High Jump

Men

Qualifying

 

3:02 p.m.

800m

Women

Semi-Finals

 

3:18 p.m.

400m Hurdles

Men

Semi-Finals

 

3:30 p.m.

Discus Throw

Men

Final

 

3:35 p.m.

400m Hurdles

Women

1st Round

 

4:05 p.m.

1500m

Men

Semi-Finals

 

4:25 p.m.

200m

Women

Semi-Finals

 

4:42 p.m.

3000m Steeplechase

Men

Final

 

 Day 9 – Saturday, June 26, 2021

9:00 a.m.

20km Race Walk

Men

Final

 

9:01 a.m.

20km Race Walk

Women

Final

 

1:15 p.m.

100m Hurdles

Women

Heptathlon

 

2:30 p.m.

High Jump

Women

Heptathlon

 

4:05 p.m.

Hammer Throw

Women

Final

 

4:40 p.m.

Shot Put

Women

Heptathlon

 

5:30 p.m.

Javelin

Women

Final

 

5:38 p.m.

200m

Women

Heptathlon

 

5:40 p.m.

Pole Vault

Women

Final

 

6:03 p.m.

110m Hurdles

Men

Semi-Finals

 

6:19 p.m.

400m Hurdles

Women

Semi-Finals

 

6:30 p.m.

Long Jump

Women

Final

 

6:35 p.m.

400m Hurdles

Men

Final

 

6:44 p.m.

10,000m

Women

Final

 

7:24 p.m.

200m

Women

Final

 

7:33 p.m.

200m

Men

Semi-Finals

 

7:51 p.m.

110m Hurdles

Men

Final

 

Day 10 – Sunday, June 27, 2021

1:00 p.m.

Long Jump

Women

Heptathlon

 

1:30 p.m.

High Jump

Men

Final

 

2:15 p.m.

Javelin Throw

Women

Heptathlon

 

3:50 p.m.

800m – B

Women

Heptathlon

 

4:00 p.m.

Long Jump

Men

Final

 

4:04 p.m.

800m – A

Women

Heptathlon

 

4:20 p.m.

400m Hurdles

Women

Final

 

4:30 p.m.

5000m

Men

Final

 

4:52 p.m.

800m

Women

Final

 

5:10 p.m.

1500m

Men

Final

 

5:22 p.m.

200m

Men

Final

 


 

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