Track & Field

UKTF Men’s 4x400m Sixth on FInal Day at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – The Kentucky track and field team’s 4×400-meter relay of Dwight St. Hillaire, Lance Lang, Kennedy Lightner and Brian Faust finished sixth to score three points on the final day of the men’s team competition at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Faust overtook three teams on the anchor leg to earn three points for the Wildcats as they finished in 3:02.98.

The UK men’s team finished in a three-way tie for 36th place with nine points after Keaton Daniel scored six with his pole vault bronze medal on Wednesday.

The NCAA Championships will conclude on Saturday on ESPN with the women’s team with multiple great opportunities to score points.

Day Two Report 
Seven Kentucky track and field Wildcats advanced to final races during Thursday’s women’s team competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Hayward Field.

Kentucky will have eight chances to score points on Saturday’s concluding day of the Championships as sprinters Abby Steiner (100 meters, 200m), Masai Russell (100m hurdles, 400H), Alexis Holmes (400m), the 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay advanced from their semifinal heats to join triple jumper Sophie Galloway on the start list for competition in two days’ time.

Steiner tied the NCAA Championships 200-meter record with a qualifying time of 22.05Q (+0.5) while also qualifying for the 100m final with a sub-11-second semifinal time and running a great second leg in the 4x100m relay heats. Both runs were personal bests for Steiner

UK’s 4x100m of Shadajah Ballard, Steiner, Russell and Karimah Davis had the second-fastest time of the semifinals earning a “big Q” automatic qualification spot into Saturday’s final with a time of 42.53.

UK’s 4x400m relay also had the second fastest time of the semifinals, qualifying automatically with a time of 3:25.67Q. The lineup of Davis, Dajour Miles, Megan Moss and Holmes were just .04 seconds off Texas A&M’s 3.25.63 in the third and final head – a semifinal showdown between the two fastest collegiate 4×4 teams in history, although different lineups could feature in Saturday’s NCAA final.

Russell cruised into both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles final. First in the 100H she ran the fastest time of the second semifinal heat, 12.77Q (+0.5). She was third fastest overall from the three semifinal heats.

She came back and took care of business as top qualifier out of 400H semifinal heat one with a time o 56.15Q,

Holmes earned a “Big Q” and moved on to the NCAA 400m final with the fastest time of the semifinals: 50.75Q.

Moss ran a personal best 51.73 in the 400m semifinal to move to No. 3 on the UK all-time list even though she was 15th fastest of the heats and did not advance.

Davis ran 22.81 in the 200m semifinal, a PB that moved her to No. 6 on the UK all-time list. She was 11th fastest and missed the final by a few places.

Jade Gates wrapped her collegiate season with three fouls in the first flight of the hammer throw. She qualified for the NCAA Championships with a ninth-place finish at NCAA East Prelims (215’5″/65.66m) after she set a school record with a silver medal performance at SEC Championships in (220’0″/67.05m).

Day One Report 
Sophomore pole vaulter Keaton Daniel scored six points for the Kentucky track and field team, earning a bronze medal on the first night of the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Daniel, the two-time defending Southeastern Conference outdoor champion, cleared a season best 18’6.5″/5.65.

Daniel’s six points vaulted Kentucky into a four-way tie for 16th place with six of 21 events scored.

UK’s men’s 4x400m relay of Dwight St. Hillaire, Lance Lang, Kennedy Lightner and Brian Faust earned a “little q” time qualification place for the NCAA final with the fifth fastest time of the semifinals, 3:01.68. They will race in the NCAA final on Friday at 8:21 p.m. PT/11:21 ET.

Josh Sobota placed ninth in the men’s shot put with a mark of 64’8.75″/19.73m on his second attempt. Unfortunately, he was knocked out of the eighth and final scoring place in the last round of the final.

Meet Information 
The UK women’s team entered the meet No. 7 on USTFCCCA’s National Track and Field Ratings Index.

The men’s competition will conclude on Friday, while the women’s competition will be held Thursday and Saturday. The first two days of the meet are prelim days for most of the running events plus prelims and finals for some distance track and field events.

The meet will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks and streaming platforms. The women’s final day will be on ESPN.

Start lists and results are at flashresults.ncaa.com.

Below is a list of Wildcats competing and what events they will be competing in.

Women:

  • Shadajah Ballard – 4x100m
  • Perri Bockrath – 3,000m steeplechase
  • Karimah Davis – 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m
  • Sophie Galloway – triple jump
  • Jade Gates – hammer throw
  • Alexis Holmes – 400m, 4x400m
  • Dajour Miles – 4x400m
  • Megan Moss – 400m, 4x400m (alternate)
  • Masai Russell – 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x400m (alternate)
  • Abby Steiner – 100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m

Men

  • Keaton Daniel – pole vault
  • Brian Faust – 400m, 4x400m
  • Rodney Heath Jr. – 4x100m
  • Lance Lang – 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m
  • Kennedy Lightner – 200m, 4x400m
  • Jacob Smith – 4x100m, 4x400m (alternate)
  • Josh Sobota – shot put
  • Dwight St. Hillaire – 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
  • Kenroy Williams – 400m hurdles

UKTF at the NCAA Championships 
A year ago, the Kentucky women’s team totaled 13 points to finish in 21st place, the seventh-straight time that the Wildcats have placed in the top 25. UK’s best NCAA Outdoor Championships finish was as national runner-up in 2015.

The men’s team tied for 15th place – UK’s best showing in seven years – at the 2021 NCAA Championships with 17 points. The UK men’s team’s best ever NCAA Outdoor finish was seventh in 1996 on 22 points.

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Wednesday Events Rnd UK entry
Men 4×100 M Relay Semis 18. UK (Lang, St. Hillaire, Smith, Heath): 39.23
Men Pole Vault Final 3. Keaton Daniel: 18’6.5″/5.65m – 6 points | season best
Men 400 M Semis 10. Dwight St. Hillaire: 45.65

16. Brian Faust: 46.08

Men 400 M Hurdles Semis 21. Kenroy Williams: 54.74
Men Shot Put Finals 9. Josh Sobota: 64’8.75″/19.73m
Men 200 M Semis 16. Lance Lang: 20.63
Men 4×400 M Relay Semis 5. UK (St. Hillaire, Lang, Lightner, Faust): 3:01.68
Thursday Events Rnd Status
Women Hammer Finals Jade Gates: Foul
Women 4×100 M Relay Semis 2. UK (Shadajah Ballard, Abby Steiner, Masai Russell, Karimah Davis): 42.53Q
Women 3000 M Steeplechase Semis 16. Perri Bockrath: 9:57.58
Women 100 M Hurdles Semis 3. Masai Russell: 12.77Q (+0.5)
Women 100 M Semis 2. Abby Steiner: 10.90Q (+1.0)| School record, No. 7 NCAA all-time
Women 400 M Semis 5. Alexis Holmes: 50.75Q

15. Megan Moss: 51.73 | PB, No. 3 on UK all-time list

Women 400 M Hurdles Semis 5. Masai Russell: 56.15Q
Women 200 M Semis 1. Abby Steiner: 22.02 Q(+0.5) | PB, =NCAA Championship record, = No. 2 in collegiate history, lowers school record

11. Karimah Davis: 22.81 (+0.5) | PB, No. 6 on UK all-time list

Women 4×400 M Relay Semis 2. UK (Karimah Davis, Dajour Miles, Megan Moss, Alexis Holmes): 3:25.67Q
Friday Events Rnd Status
Men 4×400 M Relay Final 2. UK (Dwight St. Hillaire, Lance Lang, Kennedy Lightner, Brian Faust)
Start (PT) Saturday Events Rnd Status
2:00 PM Women High Jump Final
2:05 PM Women Discus Finals
2:32 PM Women 4×100 M Relay Final Ln. 8: UK
2:41 PM Women 1500 M Final
2:50 PM Women Triple Jump Finals Fl. 2, #3: Sophie Galloway
2:54 PM Women 3000 M Steeplechase Final
3:12 PM Women 100 M Hurdles Final Ln. 4: Masai Russell
3:22 PM Women 100 M Final Ln. 6: Abby Steiner
3:32 PM Women 400 M Final Ln. 4: Alexis Holmes
3:44 PM Women 800 M Final
3:57 PM Women 400 M Hurdles Final Ln. 5: Masai Russell
4:07 PM Women 200 M Final Ln. 6: Abby Steiner
4:25 PM Women 5000 M Final
4:51 PM Women 4×400 M Relay Final Ln. 8: UK

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