Track & Field

Abby Steiner Breaks 300-Meter Collegiate Record at Cardinal Classic

by Sommer Thomas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky track & field senior Abby Steiner broke the 300-meter collegiate record running a lap in a half in 35.80 at the Cardinal Classic. Steiner broke Nebraska’s Merlene Ottey’s 40-year-old record of 35.83. Steiner also broke Sydney McLaughlin’s school record, and along with Dezerea Bryant, Kentucky now has three of the top-six indoor 300m performers in collegiate history, although the race is not run at the NCAA Championships. 

Freshman Luke Brown broke the school record in the triple jump with a jump of 51’8.25″/15.75m, breaking 2004 Olympic long jump gold medalist Dwight Philips’ 24-year-old school record. 

The Wildcats won 22 of 36 events, broke three school records and notched a few results on the UK all-time top-10 performers’ list.  

Tokyo Olympian Dwight St. Hillaire improved his own 300m school record with a winning time of 32.70 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history. 

St. Hillaire was the first finisher among a stacked 300m race with four more Wildcats finishing with all-time top-10 times for Kentucky. Lance Lang finished second with a time of 33.04, second fastest in school history. Kennedy Lightner was third in the race (33.07) and now third-fastest for Kentucky all-time. Jacob Smith finished in fourth (33.86) earning a spot as the fifth-quickest300m runner in UK history, and lastly Langston Jackson finished fifth (34.28) for the sixth-best 300m spot in UK history. 

Siobhan Szerencsits won the pole vault with a vault of 14’2.5″/4.33m, improving upon her own No. 2 all-time spot for Kentucky. 

Michael Browning won the men’s weight throw with a personal best of 65’5.5″/19.95m. That throw earned him the No. 6 spot on the UK all-time list. 

Tai Brown improved on his own No. 5 Kentucky all-time spot in the 60m hurdles when he won the event in 7.80 seconds. His previous personal best was 7.81. 

Bryanna Lucas had a strong run in the women’s 1k race, winning the race with the sixth-fastest time in UK history (2:50.38). 

2020 SEC 400m Champion Alexis Holmes made her return to the track, earning a win in the 500m (1:12.59). 

In the women’s weight throw, Jade Gates won with a throw of 62’11.25″/19.18m. In second place, Simi Akinrinsola threw for 61’11.5″/18.88m, a personal best and eighth-best for Kentucky all time. 

Some more event winners were Anthaya Charlton with a personal best in the long jump (19’8″/5.99m), Brian Faust in the 500m (1:02.13), Masai Russell in the 60m hurdles (8.16), Shadajah Ballard in the 60m (7.38) and Langston Jackson in the 60m (6.71). 

Joeseph Jardine (pole vault, 6’4.75″/5.00m), Molly Leppelmeier (shot put, 49’7.25″/15.12m), Kaylyn Heath (200m, 23.91) and Myles Anders (200m, 21.02) also won their respective events. 

Dajour Miles followed immediately behind Steiner in the 300m, finishing second in 37.62 seconds for the fourth-fastest time in the event in Kentucky history. 

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Cardinal Classic: Saturday, Dec. 11  

Women  

Pole Vault (east runway)  

Final  

1. Siobhan Szerencsits: 14’2.5″/4.33m l PB, No. 2 on UK all-time list  

  

Women  

Long Jump   

Prelim/Final  

1. Anthaya Charlton: 19’8″/5.99m  

  

Men  

Long Jump   

Prelim/Final  

2. Robbie Springfield: 24’8.25″/7.52m | PB, No. 7 on UK all-time list  

3. Luke Brown: 24’3″/7.39m  

  

Women  

Weight Throw  

Prelim/Final  

1. Jade Gates: 62’11.25″/19.18m  

2. Simi Akinrinsola: 61’11.5″/18.88m | PB, No. 8 on UK all-time list  

5. Leah Moore: 52’8″/16.05m  

  

Women  

500 Meter  

Final  

1. Alexis Holmes: 1:12.59  

2. Megan Moss: 1:13.21  

  

Men  

500 Meter  

Final  

1. Brian Faust: 1:02.13  

2. Kenroy Williams: 1:03.94  

3. Beck O’Daniel: 1:05.52  

  

Men  

Weight Throw  

Prelim/Final  

1. Michael Browning: 65’5.5″/19.95m | No. 6 on UK all-time list, Two-foot+ PB  

3. Logan Coles: 61’9.75″/18.84m  

  

Women  

300 Meter  

Final  

1. Abby Steiner: 35.80 | Collegiate record  

2. Dajour Miles: 37.62 | No. 4 on UK all-time list  

3. Karimah Davis: 38.54  

6. Seven Simms: 40.82  

7. Mahogany Mobley: 41.01  

9. Shanra Cambric: 43.33  

12: Cierra Fogg: 44.79  

13. Alayna Chase: 44.92  

14. Patrice Cornelius: 46.93  

15. Lauren Doucett  

  

Men  

300 Meter  

Final  

1. Dwight St. Hillaire: 32.70 | Improves his school record, No. 4 collegiate all-time  

2. Lance Lang: 33.04 | No. 2 on UK all-time list  

3. Kennedy Lightner: 33.07 | No. 3 UK on all-time list  

4. Jacob Smith: 33.86 | No. 5 on UK all-time list  

5. Langston Jackson: 34.28 | No. 6 on UK all-time list  

7. Sidney Ohene: 36.64  

  

Men  

60 Hurdles  

Final  

1. Tai Brown: 7.80 | PB, improves No. 5 mark on UK all-time list  

2. Patrick Kimball: 8.15  

  

Women  

60 Hurdles  

Final  

1. Masai Russell: 8.16  

2. Darci Khan: 8.49  

3. Kendall Jordan: 8.65  

7. Annika Williams: 9.12  

8. Carolyn Boyke-Johnson: 9.79  

  

Women  

60 Meter  

Final  

1. Shadajah Ballard: 7.38  

2. Kaylyn Heath: 7.46  

4. Anthaya Charlton: 7.61  

  

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Prelims  
  

1. Shadajah Ballard: 7.40Q  

2. Kaylyn Heath: 7.45Q  

5. Anthaya Charlton: 7.64Q  

  

Men  

60 Meter  

Final  

1. Langston Jackson: 6.71  

2. Myles Anders: 6.74  

4. Rodney Heath Jr.: 6.86  

7. Jacob Sobota: 7.12  

  

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Prelims  

1. Myles Anders: 6.68Q  

2. Langston Jackson: 6.68Q  

3. Lance Lang: 6.75Q  

4. Rodney Heath Jr.: 6.80Q  

6. Jacob Sobota: 6.99Q  

  

Women  

Triple Jump   

Prelim/Final  

3. Kendall Jordan: 38’0.75″/11.60m  

  

Men  

Triple Jump  

Prelim/Final  

1. Luke Brown: 51’8.25″/15.75m | Breaks 2004 Olympic (Long Jump) Gold Medalist Dwight Phillips’ 24-year-old school record  

  

Men  

Pole Vault   

Final  

1.Joseph Jardine: 16’4.75″/5.00m  

4.Jacob Sobota: 15’5.00″/4.70m  

  

Women  

Shot Put  

Prelim/Final  

1.Molly Leppelmeier: 49’7.25″/15.12m  

2.Leah Moore: 43’4.50″/13.22m  

4.Simi Akinrinsola: 40’9.00″/12.42m  

5.Annika Williams: 40’3.25″/12.27m  

  

Women  

400 Meter  

Final  

3. Jasmine Jackson: 1:00.93  

5. Mandy Dickerson: 1:04.03  

  

Women  

1000 Meter  

Final  

1. Bryanna Lucas: 2:50.38 |No. 6 on UK all-time list  

2. DeAnna Martin: 2:50.84 | No. 8 on UK all-time list  

  

Men  

High Jump  

Final  

4.Donsten Brown: 6’6.75″/2.00m  

  

Women  

200 Meter  

Final  

1.Kaylyn Heath: 23.91  

2.Masai Russel: 23.93  

8.Anthaya Charlton: 25.31  

9.Darci Kahn: 25:35  

  

Men  

200 Meter  

Final  

1.Myles Anders: 21.02  

3.Tai Brown: 21.40  

4.Rodney Heath Jr.: 22.13  

11.Patrick Kimball: 23.09  

  

Women  

4 x 400 Meter Relay  

Final  

1.Abby Steiner, Megan Moss, Masai Russell, Shadajah Ballard: 3:39.47  

2.Dajour Miles, Alexis Holmes, Karimah Davis, Darci Khan: 3:41:05  

4.Annika Williams, Bryanna Lucas, Jaida Knowles, DeAnna Martin: 3:59.13  

5.Mahogany Mobley, Shanera Cambric, Seven Simms, Jasmine Jackson: 4:00.89  

  

Men  

4 x 400 Meter Relay  

Final  

1.Kennedy Lightner, Dwight St. Hillaire, Lance Lang, Brian Faust: 3:12.10  

2.Kenroy Williams, Jacob Smith, Beck O’Daniel, Jacob Sobota: 3:20.24  

  

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