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UKTF to Send Split Squads to LSU and Ole Miss

UKTF to Send Split Squads to LSU and Ole Miss

by Sommer Thomas

LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 6 University of Kentucky track & field will be competing in two meets this weekend: the Joe May Invitational at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday and the Joe Walker Invitational at University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday and Saturday. 

This will be the Wildcats’ third collective meet weekend of the outdoor season. 

Thirty-five Wildcats, including sprinters and field athletes, will compete at LSU while 24 distance runners will run at Ole Miss. 

Joe May Invitational Meet Information 

The meet begins at 10:30 a.m. ET/9:30 a.m. CT with the women’s discus and ends at 5:35 p.m. ET with the men’s 4×400-meter. 

Field events go from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. while running events take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. 

Live results can be found on Delta Timing. The meet will not be live streamed. 

Fans may attend and admission is free. Parking can be found at the Bernie Moore lot (lot 104). 

The teams competing are Alabama, Houston, Kent State, Kentucky, Northwestern State, Ohio State, Southern Miss and UConn. 

Joe Walker Invitational Meet Information 

The meet starts at 2 p.m. ET on Friday with the first field event but distance running events featuring UKTF begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

UKTF’s distance runners join Saturday’s competition around 3:30 p.m. with the women’s 1500m. The final event for UKTF will be the men’s 800m. 

Live results can be found on Delta Timing. The meet will not be live streamed. 

Fans may attend and admission is free. Gates open one hour prior to the first event each day. 

The Cats’ Last Meet Weekend: Florida Relays 

The Wildcats finished the Florida Relays with seven event wins, 12 new times/marks on the UK all-time list, 35 top nine finishes, two program records and 22 personal bests. 

Abby Steiner shined in the 100m, winning the race with a time of 11.10. It was a personal best for the NCAA 200m Champion, the fifth fastest in the NCAA this season (all conditions) and it was also the fourth fastest time in UKTF history. 

Alexis Holmes cemented herself back on top in the 400-meters despite the rain with a win and the fifth fastest time in the NCAA this season. It was an outdoor personal best and the fourth best for UK all-time in the event. 

The men’s 4x400m ran a blazing 3:02.99 with anchor leg Brian Faust taking the lead in the last 150m to win the race with the third fastest time in the NCAA this outdoor season. Dwight St. Hillaire, Lance Lang, Kennedy Lightner and Brian Faust also ran the third fastest time in UKTF history. 

The women’s 4x400m team of Karimah Davis, Steiner, Megan Moss and Holmes convincingly won the race with a time of 3:26.99, which is the fourth fastest in the NCAA this outdoor season and third fastest in UKTF history outdoors. 

Rahman Minor earned his best high jump in over two years in his event win in Gainesville, jumping 7’2.25″/2.19m. It was only .75 inches off his Kentucky personal best of 7’3″/2.21m from his 2020 SEC Indoor Championships bronze medal-winning performance and tied his outdoor personal best at Kentucky, which ranks fifth in program history outdoors. The jump also ranks Minor fifth in the NCAA this season. 

Masai Russell ran a personal best 55.41 with a stellar finish for second place in the 400-meter hurdles, beating her previous personal best that she earned at 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She is currently third in the NCAA this season in the event. 

Although the men’s pole vault was not able to finish due to weather conditions, Keaton Daniel won the event with a height of 17’7″/5.36m. He cleared his first attempt at his winning height and was able to get in one attempt at 5.46m.  

Molly Leppelmeier broke her own school record in the hammer throw with a mark of 212’6″/64.79m, finishing third collegiately and fifth overall. 

Joshua Sobota won the men’s shot put with a throw of 2’4″/19.00m. 

Jenna Schwinghamer ran a personal best and the fifth fastest 800m in UKTF history with her 2:04.50 run for fifth place. 

Davis ran 22.97 in the 200m to finish second and earn an outdoor personal best in the event. Her performance earned her the ninth best spot in UKTF history outdoors and now ranks eighth in the NCAA for the 2022 outdoor season. 

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