Track & Field
Kennedy Lightner - Track & Field - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • position Sprints
  • class Senior
  • Hometown North Little Rock, Ark.
  • High school North Little Rock

Career Accolades 

  • First team All-SEC in the outdoor 4x400m (2021) 
  • Second team All-SEC in the indoor 200m and 4x400m, outdoor 4x400m (2022) 
  • First team All-American in the indoor and outdoor 4x400m (2021, 2022) 
  • Honorable mention All-American in the 4x100m (2021) 
  • On school record indoor 4x400m relay 
  • SEC gold medalist in the outdoor 4x400m (2021) 
  • NCAA silver medalist in the indoor 4x400m (2021) 
  • SEC silver medalist in outdoor 4x400m (2022), 7th in collegiate history (2:59.93) 
  • SEC bronze medalist in the indoor 200m and 4x400m (2022) 
  • 2023 Indoor USTFCCCA Second-Team All-America – 200m

2022-23 (Senior)


  • Member of 4×400 relay team that won with a time of 3:05.87 at the UCF Black & Gold Invite


  • Picked up two wins, 300m (32.85) and 4×400 (3:11.14) at the Commonwealth College Opener.
  • Member of 4×400 team that won the Rod McCravy Memorial with a 3:11.64.
  • Placed second in 200 meters (21.04) at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
  • Won the 200 meters at TTU Red Raider Open with a 20.64.
  • Placed 3rd in the 200 meters at the Tiger Paw Invite with a season best 20.54.
  • Member of 4×400 team that won the Arkansas Qualifier with a 3:06.14.
  • Scored points at the SEC Championships with a 7th place finish in the 200 meters (20.73).
  • Placed 16th at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 20.71

2021-22 (Junior) 


  • Ran in the school record 4x400m relay for a silver medal and seventh fastest time in collegiate history (2:59.93) at SEC Championships 
  • Ran in sixth place 4x400m at SEC Championships (3:02.98) 
  • Tied 400m personal best (46.20) with second place finish at Kentucky Invitational and ran in fastest 4x100m of the season (39.18) 
  • Earned outdoor personal best (20.70) in the 200m at SEC Championships 
  • Ran in winning 4x100m (39.59) relay at Drake Relays 
  • Ran in winning 4x400m relay (3:02.21) at Florida Relays 


  • Finished third in the 300m (33.07) with the third fastest 300m for UK all-time and was a member of the winning 4x400m relay team at the Cardinal Classic 
  • Won the 300m with a time of 32.75, the fifth-fastest in collegiate history and second-fastest in Kentucky history at the Jim Green Invitational, ran in the winning 4x400m relay (3:05.01) 
  • Set a new school record in the 200m (20.52) and ran a 44.68 split in the winning 4x400m relay at the Red Raider Open 
  • Broke his previous school record of 20.52 with a 20.45 run at the Tiger Paw Invitational
  • Earned a bronze medal in the 200m (20.60) and 4x400m (3:04.04) at SEC Championships \Qualified for NCAA Championships in the 200m and 4x400m 

2020-21 (Sophomore)

  • Transfer from Arkansas Baptist 
  • Made his first appearance at the NCAA Championships in the finals of the 4×400-meter relay 
  • UK earned the silver medal with a school-record time of 3:03.61 
  • Received first-team All-America honors 


  • Part of the eighth-place 4x400m relay team at NCAA Championships (3:03.63), earning first team All-America honors 
  • Part of 18th-ranked honorable mention 4x100m relay for UK at NCAA Championships (39.56) 
  • Helped the Wildcats qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays 
  • Helped UK win the SEC Championships gold medal in the 4x400m relay, as he anchored the school-record time of 3:01.71 
  • Earned first-team All-SEC 
  • Anchored the victorious 4×100 relay at the Kentucky Invitational 
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