Track & Field
Lavera Morris - Track & Field - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Senior
  • High school Oak Ridge

2007 NCAA Mideast Regional Participant – 800 Meters, 4×400 Relay

2007 NCAA Indoor Championships Participant – 800 Meters
2007 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2006 All-American and All-Region – Outdoor 800 Meters
2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships Participant – 800 Meters
2006 NCAA Mideast Regional Participant – 800 Meters
2006 SEC Indoor DMR Champion
Freshman Record – 800 Meters (Indoor)

2007-08 (Senior): Cross Country – Finished in UK’s top-three in five of six meets … Led the Cats crossing the line first on the team and fifth overall with a time of 17:25 at the 5K Greater Louisville Classic. At the time, the performance by ranked as the 11th-best time ever by a female at the venue … Finished third overall in 2-mile Eastern Kentucky Invitational (11:05).

2006-07 (Junior): Cross Country – Competed in four meets as a junior … Sixth on the team and 72nd overall at the Greater Louisville Classic (19:47, 5K) … UK’s No. 5 runner at the SEC Championships (45th overall, 21:55, 6K). Indoor – Ran the third-fastest time in school history in the 800 meters with a 2:06.00 at the Iowa State Qualifier … The anchor leg of UK’s distance medley relay team, which finished second at the SEC Championships … Part of women’s distance medley relay that posted an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark with a time of 11:27.73 at New Balance Invitational … Member of women’s 4×400 meter squad finishing in a time of 3:42.76 – UK’s best mark in nearly a decade. Her shoe came off following the first lap and she finished the final 1,400 meters of the third leg wearing just one shoe. Outdoor – Ran a season-best 2:06.44 in the 800 meters at the SEC Championships … Logged the seventh-fastest time in school history in the 1,500-meter run at the SEC meet with a personal-best time of 4:23.62 … Part of the UK 4×400 meter relay squad that advanced to the NCAA Mideast Regional and posted the second-fastest relay time in school history by finishing in 3:38.78.

2005-06 (Sophomore): Cross Country – Competed in each of UK’s five meets her sophomore season … Finished sixth at the Woodford Trials … Was 17th at the Notre Dame Invite with a time of 18:07 in the 5K. Indoor – Ran the second-fastest indoor 800 (206:33) in school history at the Iowa State Qualifier … Reached the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time in her career … Placed third in the 800 at the SEC Indoor Championships … Ran the opening leg of the Wildcats’ first place distance medley relay at the SEC meet … Posted a personal-best 4:53.41 in the mile at the McCravy Memorial. Outdoor – Capped off a breakthrough sophomore campaign with a personal-best 2:05.87 (fourth all-time at UK) in the 800 at the NCAA Championships, which earned her All-America honors … Placed eighth at the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 800 top earn her first-ever career outdoor NCAA appearance … Competed in both the 1,500 (fifth place, PR 4:26.53) and 800 (fourth) at the SEC Championships to combine for nine team points … Competed on the eighth-place 4×400 relay at the conference meet.

2004-05 (Freshman): Cross Country – Finished 53rd at the SEC Championships as a freshman … Also competed at the Stanford and Penn State National Invitational … Helped UK to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional with her best race of the season, covering the 6K course in 22:13. Indoor – Recorded a season-best time of 2:11.52 at the SEC Championships in the 800 meters to claim the freshman indoor school record … Competed in the mile run at the McCravy Memorial, recording a time of 5:05.97 … Was a member of the third-place distance medley relay at the SEC Championships. Outdoor – Ran a personal best in the 800 meters at the NCAA Mideast Regional, clocking a time of 2:09.27 … Qualified for the finals of the 1,500 meters at the SEC Championships and finished 10th with a time of 4:32.21 … Tallied a first-place finish at the EKU Open in the 800 meters with a regional-qualifying time of 2:09.80 … Took fourth at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge in the 800 meters.

High School: Won her third consecutive FHSAA State Championship in the 800 meters as a senior … Set the state meet record in the 800 as a senior with a time of 2:09.90 … Marked second-place finishes at the state meet in the 1,600 meters as a sophomore and a senior … Ran a personal-best time of 2:09.73 at the Golden West Invitational … Placed fourth at the FHSAA Cross Country Championships … Also competed in basketball her freshman year.

Personal: Full name is Lavera Denise Morris … Born May 25, 1986 … Parents are Adolph Morris and Vanessa Gideon … Siblings include: Frantese Turner (27), Nikiesha Brown (25), Monique Walker (23), Erica Morris (19), Bianca Hilts (18), Ebone’ Morris (17), Alphonso Crumity (16) and Jasmine Hilts (14) … Majoring in Kinesiology.

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