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Nine Wildcats, Plus Relay, Post Top-10 Finishes at Razorback Invitational

Nine Wildcats, Plus Relay, Post Top-10 Finishes at Razorback Invitational

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Nine Kentucky Wildcats, plus the 4×400-meter relay, finished in the top 10 of their events Saturday at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  

Wayne Lawrence Jr., a transfer from the University of Iowa, highlighted the day by running 46.48 seconds in the 400-meter dash. He finished fifth in the race and it is the fourth-fastest 400m time in Kentucky history. 

Also finishing in the top 10 on Saturday were: 

  • Victoria Perrow and Anthaya Charlton, fourth and eighth, respectively, in the 60-meters; 
  • Siobhan Szerencsits, fifth in the pole vault;  
  • Logan Coles, sixth in the men’s weight throw;  
  • Simi Akinrinsola, eighth in the women’s weight throw;  
  • Joseph Palmer, eighth in the triple jump;  
  • Sophie Galloway 10th in the triple jump; and  
  • DeAnna Martin, 10th in the 800m.  

Another highlight was the performance of UK volunteer assistant coach Abby Steiner, who ran in the 400-meter dash as a professional competitor. She set the meet record with a blazing mark of 50.59 seconds, which is the world-leading time thus far in the 2023 indoor season. 

Saturday was topped by women’s 4×400-meter relay, which carried a season-best 3:32.83 into eighth place overall, sixth among collegiate teams.  

On Friday, Keaton Daniel broke his own school record in the men’s pole vault, as he ascended 18 feet, 10.25 inches / 5.75 meters. Daniel raised his school record by five inches and is the collegiate leader as of Friday evening. The senior from Henderson, Nevada, also continued his undefeated streak of wins in all four indoor meets this season. 

Daniel wasn’t alone in the victory circle Friday as senior Kennedy Lightner (North Little Rock, Ark.) starred in the return to his home state by zipping 20.71 seconds to claim the men’s 200-meter dash. It’s back-to-back wins for Lightner, who also commanded the 200 in the Red Raider Open last week. 

In the shot put, graduate student Josh Sobota (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned his third victory this season by heaving the sphere 65’11”/20.09m.  

Notching a personal best was sophomore Anthaya Charlton (Nassau, Bahamas), who soared 20’7”/6.27m in the women’s long jump to land in sixth place on UK’s all-time indoor list. She finished fifth in the competition.  

Kentucky ended Friday on a high note, as Sydney Steely, Christal Mosley, Jenna Schwinghamer and Tori Herman set a school-record time of 10:58.26 in the distance medley relay. They finished sixth in the strong field. That quartet entered the meet with the nation’s fastest time: 11:17.69 run two weeks ago at the home Rod McCravy Memorial, so as of Friday evening the team rank sixth nationally with their new school record. 

All totaled over the two days, the Wildcats notched 10 personal bests at the Randal Tyson Track Center, which will be the host site of the 2023 Southeastern Conference Championships in February.  

A total of 16 women’s teams and 15 men’s teams competed in this weekend’s event, eight of which were ranked in each gender. The participating teams included host Arkansas, Arizona State, Baylor, BYU, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, LSU, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon State (women only), Stanford, Southern California and Texas A&M.   

Kentucky has a week off from competition before resuming Feb. 10-11 with split-squad action at the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, S.C., and the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Washington. 

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Saturday, January 28 
Women   3000 Meters – Open  Final  26. Kaylie Kenne: 9:51.45 
Women   60m Hurdles  Prelim  9. Yasmin Brooks: 8.32 

17. Shadajah Ballard: 8.47 

Women   Weight Throw   Prelim/Final   8. Simi Akinrinsola: 61’5.75”/18.74m 
Women   60 Meters  Prelim  5. Victoria Perrow: 7.42Q 

8. Anthaya Charlton: 7.46Q 

Men   Mile   Final   33. Dylan Allen: 4:11.44 

45. Alex Alston: 4:20.88 

Women   Mile   Final   24. Tori Herman: 4:45.59  

25. Sydney Steely: 4:45.73 

31. Jenna Schwinghamer: 4:47.02, PB 

42. Phoebe McCowan: 4:52.13 

49. Ally Kruger: 4:56.49 

62. Julz Williams: 5:16.85 

Men   400 Meters  Final  5. Wayne Lawrence Jr.: 46.48, UK debut at the distance, No. 4 on UK indoor all-time list 

42. Brandon Nyandoro: 49.15  

43. Tavon Williams: 49.36 

Women   Triple Jump  Prelim/Final  10. Sophie Galloway: 39’1”/11.91m 
Women  400 Meters   Final  13. Dajour Miles: 52.83 

30. Megan Moss: 54.82, season best 

49. Reynei Wallace: 56.63, personal best 

52. Iantha Wright: 1:00.54

UK Volunteer Assistant Coach Abby Steiner won in 50.59 (world-leading, meet record) 

Women   Pole Vault   Final   5. Siobhan Szerencsits: 13’7”/4.14m, season best 

12. Payton Phillips: 13’1”/3.99m 

Men   Weight Throw   Prelim/Final  6. Logan Coles: 63’3.5”/19.29m, SB 

12. Dennis Ohene-Adu: 58’4”/17.78m 

Women   60 Meters  Final  4. Victoria Perrow: 7.34 

8. Anthaya Charlton: 7.49 

Men  800 Meters  Final  17. Alex Justus: 1:52.04 

18. Justin Swann: 1:52.14 

32. John O’Donnell: 1:55.04 

Men   Triple Jump   Prelim/Final  8. Joseph Palmer: 48’8.25”/14.84m 
Women  800 Meters  Final  10. DeAnna Martin: 2:07.15, season best 

32. Bryanna Lucas: 2:10.71, season best 

Men  3000 Meters  Final   25. Jake Allen: 8:05.25, personal best 

42. Jackson Watts: 8:20.59 

43. Miles Brush: 8:23.09, personal best 

53. Aaron Withrow: 8:32.32  

Men  4×400 Meter Relay   Final  15. UK “B” (Brandon Nyandoro, Jordan Anthony, Tavon Williams, Alex Justus): 3:16.22 
Women   4×400 Meter Relay   Final  8. UK “A” (Christal Mosely, Masai Russell, Dajour Miles, Yasmin Brooks): 3:32.83  

19. UK “B” (Reynei Wallace, Tamiia Fuller, Colleen Branch, Shadajah Ballard): 3:45.69 


Men’s Heptathlon 
Day One: Friday, January 27 
60m   Final   10. Jacob Sobota: 7.16, 826 pts. 
Long Jump   Final   9. Jacob Sobota: 22’7.75”/ 6.90m, 790 pts. 
Shot Put   Final   10. Jacob Sobota: 40’4.75”/12.31m, 625 pts. 
High Jump  Fina  11. Jacob Sobota: 6’2.25”/1.89m, 705 pts., personal best 
Day One Total  9. Jacob Sobota: 2946 pts. 
Day Two: Saturday, January 28 
60 Hurdles   Final   12. Jacob Sobota: 8.49, 862 pts. 
Pole Vault   Final   5. Jacob Sobota: 15’9”/4.80m, 849 pts. 
1000 Meters  Final   13. Jacob Sobota: 2:54.29, 721 points 
Heptathlon Total  9. Jacob Sobota: 5378 


Women’s Pentathlon | Friday, January 27  
60 Hurdles  Final   12. Annika Williams: 8.85, 941 pts. 
High Jump   Final   7. Annika Williams: 5’7.25”/1.71m, 867 pts. 
Shot Put   Final   2. Annika Williams: 42’9.75”/13.05m, 731 pts. 
Long Jump   Final   12. Annika Williams: 18’2.25”/5.54m, 712 pts. 
800 Meters   Final   8. Annika Williams: 2:26.10, 743 pts. 
Pentathlon  Total  4. Annika Williams: 3994 pts. 


Friday, January 27 (all times Central) 
Men   Pole Vault   Final   1. Keaton Daniel: 18’10.25”/5.75m | Raises his school record by five inches, 2023 collegiate leader to date 

10. Dalton Shepler: 16’6.75”/5.05m 

Women   Shot Put   Final   18. Simi Akinrinsola: 43’6.5”/13.27m 
Women   High Jump   Final   7. Mallory Mullen: 5’8”/1.73m 
Men   Long Jump  Final   11. Robbie Springfield: 25’2.75”/7.69m 
Women   Long Jump  Final   5. Anthaya Charlton: 20’7”/6.27m, PB, No. 6 on UK all-time indoor list 
Men  Shot Put   Final   1. Josh Sobota: 65’11”/20.09m 

9. Dennis Ohene-Adu: 57’4.25”/17.48m 

Men   200 Meters   Final   1. Kennedy Lightner: 20.71  

7. Brandon Miller: 21.02  

17. Jordan Anthony: 21.32

(Volunteer Assistant Coach Christian Coleman won the “open 200m” in 20.64) 

Women   200 Meters   Final   8. Masai Russell: 23.54 

18. Tamiia Fuller: 23.80, PB 

25. Shadajah Ballard: 24.04 

32. Colleen Branch: 24.28, PB 

36. Yasmin Brooks: 24.43 

39. Reynei Wallace: 24.51, PB 

53. Iantha Wright: 24.98, SB 


(UKTF alumna Alexis Homes won the “open 200m” in 23.40) 

Women   Distance Medley Relay  Final   6. Sydney Steely, Christal Mosley, Jenna Schwinghamer, Tori Herman: 10:58.26, school record, No. 6 in the nation as of Friday 

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