Track & Field

Women’s 4x400m and Kennedy Lightner Earn School Records at Red Raider Open

by Sommer Thomas

LUBBOCK, Texas — The University of Kentucky track & field women’s 4×400-Meter relay earned a school record of 3:28.62 and Kennedy Lightner ran for a school record in the 200m (20.52) on Friday evening at the Red Raider Invitational. 
The Wildcats also competed in day one of the Vanderbilt Invitational where Michael Browning finished second in the weight throw (62’8″/19.10m)) and Phoebe McCowan and Jenna Schwinghamer earned first (2:45.59) and second (2:46.35) in the women’s 1000m. Day two begins Saturday, January 22 at 11 a.m. ET.
Success at the Red Raider Open 
At the Red Raider Open the Wildcats got four event wins, including both 4x400m relays, Lightner’s school record and Dwight St. Hillaire’s 400m run. 
Lightner was the star of the night for Kentucky, running 20.52 for the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season and the school record. The previous record was held by teammate Langston Jackson (20.65). 
The junior also played a huge part in the Wildcats’ 4x400m relay win when he came from behind in the final leg to run a 44.68 split and beat out Houston and Texas. 
The women’s 4x400m school record relay consisted of Masai Russell, Abby Steiner, Karimah Davis and Alexis Holmes. Steiner and Holmes ran the fastest legs of the relay at 51.4, but Holmes got the last second push after the final curve got the Wildcats the win over Arkansas. 
St. Hillaire also earned an event win for Kentucky, finishing the 400m with a time of 46.11. Brian Faust finished second in the race, coming in with a personal best at 46.66. It was also the fifth-fastest 400m in UKTF history.
Some prominent second place finishers were Steiner in the 60m, Masai Russell in the 60m hurdles, Rahman Minor in the high jump and Tai Brown in the 60m hurdles. 
Steiner placed second in the 60 with a personal best 7.17, surpassing former teammate Celera Barnes for the fourth-ranked 60m in UKTF history. 
Tai Brown ran a personal best in the 60m hurdles (7.72), moving up to fourth all-time in the event for Kentucky.
Russell tied her personal best in the 60m hurdles (8.01) with her second-place finish. 
Rahman Minor made his season debut in the high jump, placing second with a final jump of 7’0.5″/2.15m.
Day One of the Vanderbilt Invitational 
Browning placed second in the weight throw (62’8″/19.10m), which is a personal best and 10th-best all-time for Kentucky. Freshman Logan Coles followed Browning in sixth (60’4.50″/18.40m).
Freshman McCowan impressed in the women’s 1000m, winning the race in 2:45.59, followed by Jenna Schwinghamer in second (2:46.35).
In the 200m, Shadajah Ballard placed fifth (24.33) and Kaylyn Heath finished seventh (24.74).
In the men’s race, Rodney Heath Jr. finished fourth (21.82).
The Wildcats will continue competition in day two of the Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.
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Red Raider Open: Friday, January 21 
10:45 AM  Men  400m B Sections  Final  1.Kenroy Williams – 47.98 
11:45 AM  Women  60m Invite  Final  6. Devynne Charlton – 7.43 (Q) 
9. Anthaya Charlton – 7.67 
11:55 AM  Women  60m  Prelims  2.Abby Steiner – 7.19 (Q) (PR) 
8. Masai Russell – 7.40 (q) 
10. Karimah Davis – 7.63 
12:10 PM  Men  60m  Prelims  4. Langston Jackson – 6.67 (Q) 
6. Myles Anders – 6.68 
12:30 PM  Women  60 Hurdles invite  Prelims  1.Devynne Charlton (UK volunteer coach)– 7.99 (Q) 
12:35 PM  Women  60 Hurdles  Prelims  2. Masai Russell – 8.07 (Q) 
10. Darci Khan – 8.45  
14. Annika Williams – 8.76 
12:50 PM  Men  60 Hurdles  Prelims  3.Tai Brown – 7.89 (Q) 
1:00 PM  Women  Long Jump  Final  7. Anthaya Charlton – 19’6″/5.94m 
26. Annika Williams – Foul 
1:00 PM  Men  Long Jump  Final  7. Robbie Springfield – 23’11.75″/7.31m 
10. Luke Brown – 23’6.75″/7.18m 
1:55 PM  Men  60m Hurdles  Final  2.Tai Brown – 7.72 (PR, 4th-fastest for UK all-time)
2:00 PM  Women  60m Hurdles Invite  Final  1.Devynne Charlton – 7.99 
2:05 PM  Women  60m Hurdles  Final  2.Masai Russell – 8.01 
2:15 PM  Women  60m   Final  2.Abby Steiner – 7.17 (PR, 4th fastest for UK all-time)
7. Masai Russell – 7.44  
2:20 PM  Men  60m  Final  7. Langston Jackson – 6.75 
2:25 PM  Women  400m  Final  5. Alexis Holmes – 52.69 
13. Karimah Davis – 54.81 
Megan Moss – DNF 
2:40 PM  Men  400m  Final  1.Dwight St. Hillaire – 46.11 
2.Brian Faust – 46.66 (PR, 5th all-time for UK)
3:15 PM  Men  High Jump  Final  2.Rahman Minor – 7’0.5″/2.15m  
8. Donsten Brown – 6’6.75″/2.00m 
3:30 PM  Women  200m A Sections  Final  Dajour Miles – DNS 
3:50 PM  Men  200m A Sections  Final  1.Kennedy Lightner – 20.52 (PR, School Record, 2nd fastest time in NCAA) 
7. Myles Anders – 21.09 
10. Jacob Smith – 21.43 
14. Langston Jackson – 21.66 
4:00 PM  Men  Triple Jump  Final  Joseph Palmer – DNF  
4:40 PM  Women  4x400m Relay  Final  1.Masai Russell, Abby Steiner, Karimah Davis, Alexis Holmes – 3:28.62 (School Record, leading 4x400m time in the world) 
5:10 PM  Men  4x400m Relay  Final  1.Dwight St. Hillaire, Brian Faust, Jacob Smith, Kennedy Lightner – 3:06.86 

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