Men's Track & Field
Kate Powers Breaks Hammer Throw Freshman Record to Open Outdoor Season

Kate Powers Breaks Hammer Throw Freshman Record to Open Outdoor Season

TAMPA, Fla. — Despite being off for a couple of weeks ahead of the outdoor season, freshman Kate Powers continues to break records as the Kentucky Track & Field program opened the outdoor season at the USF Alumni Invitational hosted by the University of South Florida.

On her outdoor debut for the Wildcats, Powers continued to impress everyone this year as on her first attempt in the women’s hammer throw, she threw a mark of 194’6”/59.30 meters, already setting a new Kentucky freshman record. Powers, however, was just warming up.

After two foul attempts and a throw just a touch shorter than the first, Powers achieved 200 feet in her fifth attempt throwing 200’1”/61.00 meters. She was not finished there as on her final attempt she let go of a monstrous throw of 207’6”/63.26 meters officially breaking Ashley Muffet’s throw of 186’6”/56.84 meters set in 2006 by 21 feet to set the new Kentucky freshman record.

Powers becomes only the fifth woman in program history to throw over 200 feet and it marked the fourth time this year Powers has set a freshman record after breaking the indoor weight throw record three times during the indoor season.

In addition to the women’s hammer throw, UKTF won four other events today with 22 finishes in the top 10. The Wildcats will conclude the USF Alumni Invitational tomorrow.




WOMEN – Freshman Morgan Davis placed ninth with a time of 23.96 (+3.1).

MEN – Graduate student Kennedy Lightner won the event with a time of 20.46 (+1.0). Freshman Shavique Bascus placed third with a time of 20.69 (+1.0) tying for 10th on the UK all-time performers list. Freshman Miles Jones finished sixth with a time of 21.02 (+1.7) while junior Clinton Muunga was ninth at 21.11 (+1.7). Freshman Troy Lane closed out the top 10 crossing the line at 21.20 (+1.7).


WOMEN – Freshman Oneika McAnnuff placed fifth with a time of 1:00.45 with freshman Ava Alexander just behind in sixth with a time of 1:00.52 and junior Alexis Glasco in seventh with a time of 1:01.47.



WOMEN – Freshman Lyric Olson finished sixth with a time of 2:07.96, just a second shy of the UK freshman record of 2:06.47 set by Sherry Hoover in 1986.
Junior Alex Justus finished second with a time of 1:51.06.


WOMEN – Junior Mollie Roden won in her event debut with a time of 17:13.03.
Freshman Caden Miracle won with a time of 14:39.36.



WOMEN – Sophomore Kaitlyn Cain and graduate student Kristen Masucci earned top-10 finishes as they both shared a mark of 12’3.50”/3.75 meters that ranks tied for 10th on the UK all-time performers list. Cain finished fifth overall while Masucci tied for sixth.

MEN – Senior Dalton Shepler and sophomore Brayden Jackson finished second and third respectively with a mark of 16’8.75”/5.10 meters. The height is a personal best for Jackson and sees him tied for 10th on the UK all-time performers list.


WOMEN – Freshman Morgan Davis finished fourth with a mark of 19’11”/6.07 meters in her UK outdoor debut.



WOMEN – Freshman Kate Powers won with a freshman record throw of 207’6”/63.26 meters. Senior Simisola Akinrinsola set a new personal best of 166’2”/50.66 meters to finish eighth.

MEN – Junior Logan Coles finished second with a throw of 211’11”/64.60 meters while senior DaRoyce Flemons finished just outside the top 10 with a throw of 172’4”/52.54 meters.

Event Results

USF Alumni Invitational: Friday, March 15: ALL TIMES IN EASTERN TIME
Men’s Hammer Throw Prelim/FINAL 2. Logan Coles: 211’11”/64.60m

11. DaRoyce Flemons: 172’4”/52.54m

Women’s Long Jump Prelim/FINAL 4. Morgan Davis: 19’11”/6.07m (+1.6)  
Women’s Pole Vault FINAL 1. Payton Phillips: 13’9.25”/4.20m | PR | Tied for 2nd on the UK all-time performers list

5. Kaitlyn Cain: 12’3.50”/3.75m | Tied for 10th on the UK all-time performers list

T-6. Kristen Masucci: 12’3.50”/3.75m | Tied for 10th on the UK all-time performers list

Women’s Hammer Throw Prelim/FINAL 1. Kate Powers: 207’6”/63.26m | Freshman Record | Ranks 5th on UK all-time performers list

8. Simi Akinrinsola: 166’2”/50.66m | PR

16. Shelby Wingler: 154’0”/46.94m

Men’s Pole Vault FINAL 2. Dalton Shepler: 16’8.75”/5.10m

3. Brayden Jackson: 16’8.75”/5.10m | PR | Tied for 10th on the UK all-time performers list

Men’s Long Jump Prelim/FINAL 11. Samuel Reagan: 22’7”/6.88m  
Women’s 400mH FINAL 5. Oneika McAnnuff: 1:00.45

6. Ava Alexander: 1:00.52

7. Alexis Glasco: 1:01.47

Women’s Javelin Throw Prelim/FINAL 11. Charity Hufnagel: 102’2”/31.15m  
Women’s 800m FINAL 6. Lyric Olson: 2:07.96

13. Cha’iel Johnson: 2:10.85

14. Bryanna Lucas: 2:11.17

Women’s Shot Put Prelim/FINAL 13. Shelby Wingler: 42’4.75”/12.92m

22. Simi Akinrinsola: 44’11.75”/13.71m

Men’s 800m FINAL 2. Alex Justus: 1:51.06  
Women’s 200m FINAL 9. Morgan Davis: 23.96 (+3.1)

28. Iantha Wright: 24.57 (+3.1)

Men’s 200m FINAL 1. Kennedy Lightner: 20.46 (+1.0)

3. Shavique Bascus: 20.69 (+1.0) | Tied for 10th on the UK all-time performers list

6. Miles Jones: 21.02 (+1.7)

9. Clinton Muunga: 21.11 (+1.7)

10. Troy Lane: 21.20 (+1.7)

Women’s 5000m FINAL 1. Mollie Roden: 17:13.03 | Event Debut  
Men’s 5000m FINAL 1. Caden Miracle: 14:39.36  


Event Lineup (all info tentative and subject to change before the meet)

USF Alumni Invitational: Saturday, March 16: ALL TIMES IN EASTERN TIME
Men’s Discus Throw 11:00 a.m. Prelim/FINAL Dennis Ohene-Adu
Women’s 4×100 Relay 12:25 p.m. FINAL Kentucky “A” – Victoria Perrow, Morgan Davis, Jania Martin, Alexis Glasco


Kentucky “B” – Iantha Wright, Oneika McAnnuff, Emmi Scales, Hannah Douglas

Men’s 4×100 Relay 12:35 p.m. FINAL Kentucky “A” – Clinton Muunga, Shavique Bascus, Miles Jones, Troy Lane
Women’s 1500m 12:45 p.m. FINAL Ally Kruger
Men’s 1500m 1:15 p.m. FINAL Jake Allen

Ed Bird

Caden Miracle

Women’s High Jump 1:30 p.m. Prelim/FINAL Morgan Davis
Women’s Discus Throw 1:30 p.m. Prelim/FINAL Kate Powers

Shelby Wingler

Women’s 100mH 1:35 p.m. FINAL Alexis Glasco

Emmi Scales

Men’s 110mH 1:35 p.m. FINAL Alexander Chukwukelu
Women’s 400m 2:10 p.m. FINAL Alysia Johnson

Cha’iel Johnson

Jania Martin

Oneika McAnnuff

Men’s 400m 2:30 p.m. FINAL Ethan Brown

Brandon Nyandoro

Justin Swann

Women’s 100m 2:45 p.m. FINAL Morgan Davis

Victoria Perrow

Iantha Wright

Men’s 100m 3:00 p.m. FINAL Miles Jones

Troy Lane

Clinton Muunga

Women’s 2000m Steeplechase 3:15 p.m. FINAL Brooke Berger

Julz Williams

Men’s 2000m Steeplechase 3:25 p.m. FINAL Alex Alston

Jackson Watts

Women’s 4×400 Relay 3:55 p.m. FINAL Kentucky “A” – Alysia Johnson, Jania Martin, Oneika McAnnuff, Hannah Douglas


Kentucky “B” – Ava Alexander, Cha’iel Johnson, Emmi Scales, Alexis Glasco

Men’s 4×400 Relay 4:20 p.m. FINAL Kentucky “A” – Brandon Miller, Shavique Bascus, Brandon Nyandoro, Ethan Brown


Kentucky “B” – Alexander Chukwukelu, Justin Swann, Beck O’Daniel, Kennedy Lightner

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