Track & Field

Keaton Daniel Ties Pole Vault School Record, UKTF Concludes Jim Green Invitational with 18 Individual Event Wins

by Sommer Thomas

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keaton Daniel tied the University of Kentucky indoor pole vault record with the fourth-highest mark in the NCAA this season, 18-feet / 5.50 meters, and UK track and field Wildcats earned 10 individual event wins to highlight the final day of competition at the Jim Green Invitational. 

The Wildcats won 18 events in total: eight on Friday and 10 on Saturday. 

On the first day of competition, Abby Steiner ran a world-leading 200m time, 22.58, only two tenths of a second behind her co-collegiate record of 2.38 that she earned at 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships. 

Day Two 

Daniel’s impressive tied him with teammate Matt Peare for the school record, with Peare first achieving the record en route to winning the 2021 SEC Indoor Championships. Daniel also owns the outdoor pole vault record (18’08.25″). Peare is the reigning SEC Indoor PV Champion, and Daniel holds the outdoor conference title. 

Highlighted by Daniel’s win, UKTF swept the field events on Saturday. 

Molly Leppelmeier won the women’s shot put (50’2.5″/15.30) and Josh Sobota won the men’s shot put (62’11.5″/19.19m) for his first mark of the season. 

Joseph Palmer earned first in the men’s triple jump (8’10.75″/14.90m). 

UKTF went first and second in the men’s 60m with Lance Lang earning the top time (6.72), followed by Langston Jackson (6.77). Lang’s run was only .08 off his personal best/fifth-fastest 60m for Kentucky all-time. 

Masai Russell ran a blazing personal best of 8.01 in the semifinals of the 60m hurdles, but finished second in finals (8.21) behind UK volunteer assistant coach and Purdue alumna, Devynne Charlton (8.01). Russell’s 8.01 is the third-fastest all-time for UK. 

Senior Dylan Allen had an exceptional season debut in the mile, winning the race in 4:06.20. 

In the women’s 60m, Kaylyn Heath and Shadajah Ballard earned second (7.44) and third (7.54). 

Day One 

Steiner picked up where she left off late last year, winning the 200m in 22.58, only .20 off from her co-collegiate record 22.38 recorded in the gold-medal run at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships. 

Steiner’s time is fastest in the world so far early in this season considering performances registered on TFRRS and Tilastopaja as of Friday evening. Steiner’s early form suggests the historic times she ran during the championship portion of the last season are well within her sights. Even though the 200m is sparsely competed as an indoor event outside North America, Steiner’s first two competitions of the season are an ominous statement of intent, ability and potential. 

Lightner won the 300m with a time of 32.75, the fifth-fastest in collegiate history and second-fastest in Kentucky history. He was previously the third-fastest 300m runner in Kentucky history after running 33.07 at the Cardinal Classic, but surpassed Lance Lang’s 33.04 to move into second all-time for UK. 

Hurdler Masai Russell ran three events: the 60m, 60m hurdles and 200m. She finished second behind Steiner in the 200m with a personal best of 23.60, won the 60m hurdles prelims in 8.24 seconds and earned second in the 60m prelim race; an event she does not typically run.  

The first win of the night came from Michael Browning in the weight throw where he threw a personal best 63’11.85″/19.50m, improving upon his currently held sixth-best weight throw in UK history. 

Dwight St. Hillaire impressed in the 200m, winning the race in 21.02 seconds. 

Siobhan Szerencsits won the pole vault for the second meet in a row, notching a height of 13’9.25″/4.20m. 

Senior Alexis Holmes won the 300m with a personal best time of 37.37 for the fourth-fastest 300m in UK history, followed by Megan Moss (37.87) with the seventh-fastest in UK history. 

UKTF also won both the men’s and women’s distance medley relays. The women’s team featuring Rachel Boice, Karimah Davis, Phoebe McCowan and Tori Herman won with a time of 11:22.68.  

The men’s DMR of Dylan Allen, Beck O’Daniel, Jacob Brizendine and Ethan Kern finished the race in 10:03.32. 

Myles Anders was fastest qualifier in the 60m prelims (6.675) who narrowly beat out Lance Lang (6.678) for the top seed going into Saturday’s semifinals. His run was the seventh-fastest for Kentucky all-time. 

Next Up 

Kentucky track & field sprinters and field event specialists will head to Lubbock, Texas to compete in the Red Raider Open hosted by Texas Tech on Friday, January 21 at 11 a.m. EST. Distance runners will travel to Nashville Tennessee to compete at the Vanderbilt Invitational. 

Jim Green Invitational: Friday, Jan. 14?? 

Men?? 

High?Jump?(Finish?Line)?? 

Final?? 

?2. Donsten?Brown – 6’7″/2.01?? 

Men?? 

Weight Throw?? 

Final?? 

1. Michael Browning?–?63′ 11 ¾ “/19.50 ( Personal Best, 6th UK Mens all time) 

2. Logan Coles –?59′ 11 ¼ “/18.27 

Women?? 

Weight Throw?? 

Final?? 

1.?Molly?Leppelmeier?– 66′ 8 ½?” /20.33 

?2. Jade Gates – 63′ 2 ¾ “/ 19.27 

3. Simi?Akinrinsola?– 61′ 6 ¼?” /18.75 

?8.  Leah Moore – 53′ 6 ¼?” /16.31 

Women?? 

Long Jump?? 

Final?? 

2.?Annika Williams,?18′ 8?½ “/5.70 

4. Anthaya?Charlton –?18?½ ‘/5.61 

9. Meg Wilson –?17′ 6 ¼”/?5.34 

Men?? 

Long Jump?? 

Final?? 

3. Robbie Springfield?–?23′ 2 ½ “/7.07 

Women?? 

60 Meter?? 

First Round?? 

2. Masai Russell – 7.46 

3. Dajour?Miles – 7.49 

4. Kaylyn Heath – 7.51,  

5. Shadajah?Ballard – 7.52 

7. Jaida Knowles – 7.63, ? 

?9. Anthaya?Charlton – 7.66 

Men?? 

60 Meter?? 

First Round?? 

1.?Myles Anders – 6.675 (ties 7th UK Mens All time) 

2. Lance Lang?–?6.678 

3.?Langston Jackson – 6.76 

5. Rodney Heath Jr. – 6.81? 

Women?? 

Pole Vault?? 

Final?? 

1.?Siobhan?Szerencsits?–?13′ 9 ¼” /4.20 (3rd UK Womens all time) 

3.?Payton Phillips – 12′ 9 ½ “/3.90 

Women?? 

60?Hurdles?? 

First Round?? 

1.Masai Russell – 8.24 

2. Devynne?Charlton (volunteer assistant coach at UK) – 8.37??? 

3. Shadajah?Ballard – 8.42 ? 

4. Darci?Khan – 8.50 

8.Kendall Jordan – 8.68? 

12.?Annika Williams – 8.87?? 

26. Carolyn?Boyke-Johnson – 9.44?? 

Women?? 

DMR?? 

Final?? 

1.?Rachel Boice,?Karimah Davis, Phoebe McCowan, Tori Herman?– 11:22.68 (UK Womens 8th all time) 

2. Jenna Gearing,  Mohagany Mobley, Bryanna Lucas, Kaitlyn Lacy?– 11:37.23 

Men?? 

DMR?? 

Final?? 

1.Dylan Allen, Beck?O’Daniel, Jacob Brizendine, Ethan Kern?–?10.03.32?? 

Women?? 

200 Meter?? 

Final?? 

1.?Abby Steiner – 22.58, *fastest in NCAA DI this season (fastest in the world this year)? 

2. Masai Russell – 23.60 

3. Shadajah?Ballard – 24.34 

4.?Kaylyn Heath – 24.63?? 

8.Darci Khan – 25.34 

13.Anthaya?Charlton – 25.74 

15.Seven Simms – 25.84?? 

25.?Mandy Dickerson – 27.79?? 

26.Cierra Fogg – 27.87?? 

32. Patrice Cornelius – 30.15 

Men?? 

200 Meter?? 

Final?? 

1.Dwigth?St?Hillaire?– 21.02 

2.Myles Anders – 21.13? 

3. Langston Jackson – 21.55 

4. Rodney Heath?Jr. – 21.80 

Women?? 

300 Meter?? 

Final?? 

1.?Alexis Holmes – 37.37?(Personal best; UK womens 4th all time)? 

2.?Megan Moss – 37.87 ?(UK Womens 7th all time) 

10.Jaida Knowles – 41.90?? 

Men?? 

300 Meter?? 

Final?? 

1.?Kennedy Lightner – 32.75,?*2nd?in school history? 

3.Jacob Smith – 34.00 

5. Daniel Roberts (UK Alum Class of 2019) – 35.44? 

6. Patrick Kimball – 37.25 

Jim Green Invitational:?Saturday, Jan. 15?? 

Women?? 

Shot Put?? 

Final?? 

1.Molly?Leppelmeier- 50’2 ½”/ 15.30 

8. Annika Williams- 42’5 ½”/ 12.94 

9. Leah Moore- 42’4″ / 12.90 

10.Simi Akinrinsola- 41’7″ / 12.67 

Men?? 

Shot Put?? 

Final?? 

1.?Joshua Sobota- 62’11 ½” / 19.19 

Women?? 

Triple Jump?? 

Final?? 

4.Kendall Jordan- 39′.1″ / 11.91 

Men?? 

Triple Jump?? 

Final?? 

1.?Joseph Palmer- 48’10 ¾” / 14.90? 

Women?? 

60 Meter?? 

Semifinal?? 

1. Devynne Charlton (UK volunteer assistant coach/Purdue alumna)- 7.42 

2.Kaylyn Heath- 7.45 

4. Dajour Miles- 7.51 

5. Shadajah Ballard- 7.52 

10. Jaida Knowles- 7.74 

Men?? 

60 Meter?? 

Semifinal?? 

1. Lance Lang- 6.72 

3. Langston Jackson- 6.81 

4. Myles Anders – 6.82  

6. Rodney Heath Jr. – 6.88 

Women?? 

60?Hurdles?? 

Semifinal?? 

?1. Devynne Charlton (UK volunteer assistant coach/Purdue alumna)?– 8.00 

2.Masai Russell- 8.01 (UK Womens  3rd all time) 

5. Darci Khan- 8.57 

10. Annika Williams- 8.95 

Men?? 

60?Hurdles?? 

Semifinal?? 

?4. Patrick Kimball- 8.26 

8. Jacob Sobota- 8.73 

Women?? 

Mile?? 

Final?? 

?2. Jenna Gearing- 4:43.40  

3. Tori Herman- 4:48.72 

5. Jenna Schwinghamer- 4:56.56 

6. Rachel Boice- 4:59.13 

9. Mollie Roden- 5:00.84 

10.Kaylie Kenne- 5:00.94  

22.Kelli Walsh- 5:16.33? 

25.Natalie Molotky- 5:18.88 

Men?? 

Pole Vault?? 

Final?? 

1.Keaton Daniel- 18/0″ / 5.50m 

3. Jacob Sobota- 16’5 ½  ” / 5.02 

4. Joseph Jardine- 16’5 ½ ” / 5.02 

5. Lincoln Young- 15’11 ¾” / 4.87 

5. Dalton Shepler- 15’11 ¾” / 4.87 

Men?? 

Mile?? 

Final?? 

1. Dylan Allen- 4:06.20 

6. Trevor Warren- 4:11.50 

8. McLean Grffin- 4:12.39 

9. Harper Moore- 4:12.97  

10.Jacob Brizendine- 4:13.68 

11. Jackson Watts- 4:13.87 

12.Theo Bachmann- 4:18.06 

Women?? 

60?Meter?? 

Final?? 

2. Kaylyn Heath- 7.44 

3. Shadajah Ballard- 7.54 

Men?? 

60?Meter?? 

Final?? 

1. Lance Lang- 6.72 

2. Langston Jackson- 6.77 

5. Rodney Heath Jr. – 6.90 

Women?? 

60?Hurdles?? 

Final?? 

?1. Devynne Charlton (UK volunteer assistant coach/Purdue alumna)- 8.02 

2. Masai Russell- 8.21 

4. Darci Khan- 8.39? 

Men?? 

60 Hurdles?? 

Final?? 

?2. Patrick Kimball- 8.23 

Women?? 

400 Meter?? 

Final?? 

16. Jasmine Jackson- 1:02.90 

17. Mandy Dickerson- 1:05.39 

19. Patrice Cornelius – 1:07.28 

Men?? 

400 Meter?? 

Final?? 

?1. Brian Faust— 46.72  

6. Kenroy Williams- 48.15? 

2. Beck O’Daniel?– 49.18 

Women?? 

800 Meter?? 

Final?? 

1.Bryanna Lucas- 2:09.12 

2. DeAnna Martin- 2:09.28 

3. Phoebe McCowan- 2:09.41  

4. Eliza Scoggin- 2:27.78 

Men?? 

800 Meter?? 

Final?? 

?X? 

Women?? 

3,000 Meter?? 

Final?? 

19. Sophie Carrier?– 10:16.77 

21. Sarah Michels?– 10:19.47 

Men?? 

3,000 Meter?? 

Final?? 

3. Jonah Mitchell- 8:18.55  

4. Shane Williams- 8:23.63 

6. Aaron Withrow – 8:24.51  

Women?? 

4×400 Meter?? 

Final?? 

?1. Alexis Holmes, Darci Khan, Megan Moss, Dajour Miles- 3:33.02 

2. Masai Russell, Karimah Davis, Kaylyn Heath , Shadajah Ballard – 3:47.00 

7.Mahogany M, Seven Simms, Cierra Fogg, Jasmine Jackson- 4:04.05 

Men?? 

4×400 Meter?? 

Final?? 

?1. Brian Faust, Lance Lang, Dwight St. Hillaire, Kennedy Lightner- 3:05.01 

2. Jacob Smith, Rodney Heath Jr., Kenroy Williams, Langston Jackson- 3:23.16 

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