Russell Takes Hurdles Gold At SEC Indoor Championships
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Masai Russell built on Kentucky’s “Hurdle U” legacy when she broke the SEC Championships and Facility Records en route to her first conference 60-meter hurdles title. Russell’s winning time of 7.77 was .02 off the collegiate record she set in late January in Lubbock, Texas.
The Wildcats have won five of the last 10 SEC 60H golds. The other two Wildcats in history to win SEC 60H titles were the 100m hurdles gold and silver medalists at the last Olympic Games. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won SEC Indoors in 2017 and 2018, and Keni Harrison took the crown in 2014 and 2015.
“I wanted to come out with the win,” Russell told John Anderson on the SEC Network broadcast. “I’ve always been like second or third at SECs so to finally come out on top and win is just a blessing. All my hard work has truly paid off … So it’s about truly trusting the process and honestly trusting your training and trusting your coaches because no one would have expected me to be putting up the numbers that I have been putting up. But it just takes time.”
The UK women’s team placed seventh with 51.33 points. The men’s team were seventh on 48 points.
In other medal-winning events today, freshman Jordan Anthony earned silver in his first SEC final, running a time of 6.57. He was .02 seconds off his personal best time of 6.55 which still ranks in the top 10 in the country as of this weekend.
Dylan Allen dug deep on the bell lap of the men’s mile to beat the rest of the chasing pack for the bronze medal with a time of 4:05.26 while Tori Herman earned bronze in the 3k running 9:12.21, a season best.
The five medals won today are added to the four the Wildcats won on Friday for a grand total of nine.
Luke Brown broke his own school record in the men’s triple jump, placing fourth with a mark of 54’9.25”/16.69 meters, earning the Wildcats five points.
Josh Sobota placed fourth in the men’s shot put to earn five points with a best mark of 64’04.00”/19.61m.
DeAnna Martin passed two runners in the last 60 meters to score four points with a fifth-place women’s 800m time of 2:05.83.
Brandon Miller and Kennedy Lightner went 6-7 in the men’s 200m to score three and two points respectively. Miller ran a personal best of 20.68, which moved him to No. 4 on the UK indoor all-time list, and Lightner ran 20.73.
Phoebe McCowan made a pass on the final straight to earn two women’s mile points with a seventh-place, personal best time of 4:45.82.
Yasmin Brooks scored one point in the women’s 60m hurdles, running 8.24, to add to the 10 Russell secured in the event.
Jacob Sobota scored a point in the men’s heptathlon with a score of 5478 points.
The women’s 4×400 put in a season-best 3:28.39 to close out the night, which momentarily vaulted them to a third-place finish for the second season in a row. They were disqualified however on a technicality knocking them back down to 7th place overall finishing with 51.33 points while the men took seventh overall with 48 points.
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|Heptathlon Saturday’s Events (Total includes Friday’s events)|
|Hept. 60 Hurdles||Final||9. Jacob Sobota: 8.43 | season-best | 877 points|
|Hept. Pole Vault||Final||3. Jacob Sobota: 15’7”/4.75m | 834 points|
|Hept. 1000 Meter||Final||11. Jacob Sobota: 2:50.61 | 759 points|
|Heptathlon Total||8. Jacob Sobota: 5478 | 1 point|
|Saturday, February 25th (Times CT – Local in Fayetteville)|
|Women||High Jump||Final||10. Mallory Mullen: 5’5.75”/1.67m|
|Men||Shot Put||Prelim/Final||4. Josh Sobota: 64’04.00”/19.61m | 5 points|
|Men||Mile||Final||3. Dylan Allen: 4:05.26 | 6 points|
|Women||Mile||Final||7. Phoebe McCowan: 4:45.82 | personal-best | 2 points|
|Women||Triple Jump||Prelim/Final||9. Sophie Galloway: 41’8.75”/12.72m|
|Men||60 Meter||Final||2. Jordan Anthony: 6.57 | 8 points|
|Men||400 Meter||Final||DNF: Wayne Lawrence Jr.|
|Men||Triple Jump||Final||4. Luke Brown: 54’09.25”/16.69m | personal-best | 5 points
15. Jordan Palmer: 47’00.25”/14.33m
|Women||Shot Put||Prelim/Final||18. Simisola Akinrinsola: 43’01.25”/13.14m|
|Women||800 Meter||Final||5. DeAnna Martin: 2:05.83 | 4 points|
|Women||60 Hurdles||Final||1. Masai Russell: 7.77 | SEC Championship Record, Facility Record| 10 points
8. Yasmin Brooks: 8.24 | 1 point
|Men||200 Meter||Final||6. Brandon Miller: 20.68 | personal-best, No. 4 on the UK indoor all-time list | 3 points
7. Kennedy Lightner: 20.73 | 2 points
|Men||3,000 Meter||Final||26. Jake Allen: 8:26.59|
|Women||3,000 Meter||Final||3. Tori Herman: 9:12.21 | season-best | 6 points|
|Men||4 X 400 Meter Relay||Final||DNF: Brandon Miller, Kennedy Lightner, Brandon Nyandoro, Justin Swann|
|Women||4 X 400 Meter Relay||Final||DQ: Karimah Davis, Masai Russell, Christal Mosley, Dajour Miles|