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The UK track and Field program held a Senior Day celebration on Saturday at the Heart of Bluegrass Classic. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics) The UK track and field program held a Senior Day celebration on Saturday at the Heart of Bluegrass Classic. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics)
For the first time since 1996, the Kentucky track and field program hosted an outdoor meet as the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic on Saturday. In more ways than one, it was a special day for the program. Not only did it give UK a chance to showcase its world-class facility, but it also provided a chance to honor its seniors as a special ceremony was held toward the end of the day.

UK had great performances by several athletes, highlighted by junior distance runner Cally Macumber, who broke the school-record mile time, and senior Keith Hayes, who claimed victories in four different competitions.

Head coach Edrick Floreal told his seniors earlier in the week to compete in one event and then rest up so they could be in the action while still enjoying the Senior Day celebration. However, Hayes took a different approach, attempting to race in as many heats as possible because he plainly and simply wanted to run.

"I told him if you need me to run the 4 by 800, I'll run the 4 X 800; if you need me to run the mile, I'll run the mile," Hayes said. "I just wanted to run just to be out because everybody doesn't see what we do on a day-to-day basis. They see results here and results there but we got the opportunity to put on a performance."

The Wildcats put on a show for the fans Saturday, winning several competitions. Although Floreal wanted his Cats to come out and perform well, Saturday was less about how they competed and more about a way to show appreciation to the crowd and alumni.

"The point today was less about performance, more about putting on a good show for the crowd," head coach Edrick Floreal said. "We also wanted the alumni to be part of this after 17 years without an outdoor track meet. It was more of a thank you.

One of Floreal's goals for the coming years is to bring the high school state meet to UK. There were 37 high schools competing against each other on Saturday and the commissioner and assistant commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in attendance to boot.

"I think the meet belongs here at UK," Floreal said. "I think with a facility like that, you have to highlight it. I think having the high schools participate and perform here gave them a sense it's a fast track and they can do well here."

As the day continued and the races starting winding down, a Senior Day celebration took place to honor the student-athletes who have dedicated themselves to the program.

Seniors had their names called and were accompanied by either family members or their respective coaches as they had their list of accolades read off by the public address announcer. After the festivities concluded, there were two more competitions left. The men's and women's 4 by 400-meter races were saved for last as the seniors anchored each.

"Student-athletes have other places they can go to it's not like they are forced to come here. They can go somewhere else and they are great athletes," Floreal said. "If they are going to come here the least we can do is to give them a meaningful thank you to really highlight what they have done and that was my goal."

The UK track team will showcase their outdoor track at the Hear of Bluegrass Classic on Saturday. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics) UK will showcase its new outdoor track at the Heart of Bluegrass Classic on Saturday. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics)
In what has been a year of milestones for the Kentucky track and field program, perhaps the biggest step forward will come Saturday when UK hosts its first outdoor meet in more than a decade: the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic.

Kentucky opened its state of the art Outdoor Track and Field Facility last fall, and Saturday's meet serves as a celebration befitting of such a spectacular venue.

The meet will also mark Senior Day, as UK's departing student-athletes will be honored on the new track as they compete in front a home crowd outdoors for the first time in their careers.

"I think this is more so for the fans and the university," Floreal said. "This is more for our kids and their parents to see them compete on the UK facility for the first time in a long time. Having a meet that's not as competitive will be even more fun because they can win more events. It's more so a feel-good type thing and less about trying to break records."

It will be a nice gesture for the seniors who have spent a lot of time at UK training and working hard every day for the program. There should be a good crowd at the UK Track Complex with family members making their way to Lexington to be a part of the event and support their favorite Wildcats.

The day is going to be focused on the seniors and Floreal is going to do the best he can to send them out in style and possibly let some anchor a relay or two.

"Our seniors haven't really been recognized," Floreal said. "If you don't play basketball at your university it's kind of hard to recognize your seniors. I think having a home meet gives us a chance to do that."

Along with the 10 universities participating in the track meet on Saturday, a total of 37 high schools will be attending for their own competition as well.

Floreal and the athletic department have worked hard over the last few months to make sure this weekend's meet is run as a world-class event.

Unlike a lot facilities around the state, Kentucky's track provides it all in one place for the fans. You don't have to leave the track area to go watch the field events and Floreal sees this as an opportunity to showcase every aspect of the sport. He wants Saturday to be a top-notch event, which will serve as a showcase which will hopefully lead to the state high school meet returning to Lexington.

"I think there is a responsibility in having the best looking track in the state that you put events on," Floreal said. "I want to host a state meet as soon as possible because I think it belongs here. I just think having a state meet is a big statement for us and I want to get that back here as soon as possible."

The Cats are coming off one of their best weekends of the season when they teamed up with Louisville at the "Kentuckiana" Border Battle. UK and U of L defeated Indiana and Notre Dame 101-99 in the women's competition and 103-97 in the men's.

Kentucky's effort was impressive, but the successful meet was perhaps more important because UK was able to turn the heads of rival competition for the first time in a long time.

The Wildcats seemed to jell and show the other schools that this was a different unit from the start of the meet all the way through the final races of the afternoon.

The hard work and new training methods implemented by the first-year head coach and his staff have been evident from the cross country season through indoor track and field in spurts. Even with the Wildcats' early success, the Border Battle Meet was the first total team performance turned in by the Wildcats since Floreal arrived in Lexington.

One change for Kentucky this season has been beginning every meet with a show of team unity. At the Border Battle the Wildcats took a team lap before the meet started, followed by a team cheer of "Go Cats."

More importantly, once the meet got underway, the Wildcats raised plenty of eyebrows.

"A couple coaches came by and said, 'I don't know what you are doing but oh my goodness these are not the same kids. They act like they belong and act like they should be beating us,' " Floreal said. "It was pleasant to see that people are noticing that we are different. Not that we are doing it for them but it's nice to see that this is working."

The track has served as an important new asset for Kentucky through training and competing in outdoor events. Floreal - in another basketball reference - compared preparing for an outdoor meet in an indoor facility to practicing free throws on a nine-foot rim instead of the regulation 10 feet.

The turns are a lot tighter inside as opposed to outside and athletes can get the feel of where the start and finish lines are. The UK track is going to match what the Cats will see at the SEC Championships at Missouri in a few weeks.

It gives the team a sense of calm heading into a major competition, instead of arriving at an outdoor event in disbelief as might have been the case in the past.

"I think the performances we've gotten so far outdoors have reflected on the fact that the kids go to an outdoor track meet and they don't have to be in shock," Floreal said. "It can be calmness like, 'This is normal. I have been doing this outdoors the last three weeks and here it is same outdoor track just different color.' "

Kentucky Sports Report (week of April 15)

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Baseball
- Kentucky baseball picked up a 6-3 win over Austin Peay on Tuesday, behind five strong innings from freshman righthander Kyle Cody and a two-hit performance from freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett.
- Kyle Barrett shined once again on Friday going 3-5 and plating the game-tying RBI in the series-opening comeback win over Tennessee.
- After a quality start that led the Wildcats to victory on Friday night, A.J. Reed crushed his team-leading ninth homer of the year in UK's heartbreaking 10-9 loss to Tennessee on Saturday afternoon.
- Junior closer Trevor Gott added two more saves during the week, improving his total to nine on the year and program-record 20 in his career. Gott's ERA is now an impressive 0.95 with a 4-0 record, while fanning 24 in 19.0 IP.

Softball
- The Kentucky softball team wrapped up one of its most historic weeks in school history last week with several records broken. The first was sixth-year head coach Rachel Lawson becoming the winningest head coach in school history with her 182nd career win. That honor came a few days before UK upset No. 3 Florida on the same day it named its new $9.5 million stadium after longtime administrator John Cropp. Overall, UK went 4-2 on the week with wins over Florida, Marshall and two against EKU.
- Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley earned the win in the upset over UF, becoming the first player in school history to win 20 games in a season, surpassing former stars Chanda Bell and Keary Camunas. Nunley went 3-0 on the week with a 1.64 ERA, while junior Lauren Cumbess also earned a win in the circle.
- Cumbess was the star for UK at the plate, going 10-for-22 throughout the week with four doubles, three homers and seven RBI. Cumbess is riding a nine-game hitting streak - a career long - posting an extra-base hit in eight of those nine games. Senior Alice O'Brien went 8-for-19 on the week with a double, home run and four RBI, while freshmen Maisie Steed and Nikki Sagermann also had home runs.

Men's tennis
- The University of Kentucky men's tennis team has earned the No. 8 overall seed in this week's Southeastern Conference Tournament, it was announced on Sunday night.
- UK will face the No. 9 overall seed, Mississippi State on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. CT. The Wildcats and Mississippi State have faced off two times this season already, with UK winning both prior matches.
- The first match saw Kentucky sweep MSU 4-0 at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash., in the Sweet 16. Kentucky lost the doubles point and rallied to win four of six singles matches in the second meeting of the season in Starkville.

Women's tennis

- The Kentucky women's tennis team upset No. 27 South Carolina 4-3 on Sunday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
- Junior Caitlin McGraw clinched the match for Kentucky with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win on court five.
- Kentucky won the doubles point, winning two of three doubles matches as Khristina Blajkevitch and Jessica Stiles clinched the point by winning three consecutive games to win the No. 3 doubles match 9-7.
- Freshman Nadia Ravita defeated another ranked opponent, taking down No. 77 Jaklin Alawi 7-5, 0-6, 6-4.

Track and field
- The Kentucky track and field teams enjoyed one of the best total team performances of the season at the "Kentuckiana" Border Battle on Saturday.
- The Wildcats' men's and women's teams combined with Louisville to defeat the aggregate scores of Indiana and Notre Dame.
- Fifteen - 10 men's and five women's - Wildcat individuals or relay teams claimed event titles on Saturday.
- Rebecca Famurewa increased her UK freshman record discus throw to 57.09 meters / 187'04", which gives her the No. 2 ranking in school history.
- The mark also is the third-farthest discus throw in the nation this season.
- UK competitors won four of the seven throws events they entered.
- Tamyah Pipkin became the third fastest Wildcat ever at 200 meters as she won race with a time of 23.67.
- Kadeem Kushimo enjoyed a career-afternoon winning both the 100 and 200 meters.

Men's golf
- The UK men's golf team placed eighth in the 14-team field at the Gary Koch Invitational last week, finishing at 22-over-par. The Wildcats recorded top-10 team finishes in all six of their spring tournaments.
- Juniors Cody Martin and Ben Stow led the way for the Cats, shooting 5-over-par for the invitational and finished tied for 29th.
- UK wrapped up its regular season schedule and now look toward the post season as the Wildcats travel to St. Simmons Island, Ga., this weekend for the Southeastern Conference Championships, April 19-21.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, April 16
Baseball hosts Louisville - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17
Softball at Middle Tennessee State (DH) - 4:00 p.m.
Women's tennis vs. LSU - 3:00 p.m. (Starkville, Miss.)

Thursday, April 18
Men's tennis vs. Mississippi State - 7:00 p.m. (Oxford, Miss.)
Women's tennis at SEC Tournament (Starkville, Miss.)

Friday, April 19
Softball at Arkansas - 7:00 p.m.
Baseball at South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.
Men's golf at SEC Championship (St. Simon's, Ga.)
Women's golf at SEC Championship (Birmingham, Ala.)
Men's tennis at SEC Tournament (Oxford, Miss.)
Women's tennis at SEC Tournament (Starkville, Miss.)

Saturday, April 20
Track and field hosts Heart of the Bluegrass Classic - 10:00 a.m.
Softball at Arkansas - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball at South Carolina - 3:00 p.m.
Men's golf at SEC Championship (St.Simon's, Ga.)
Women's golf at SEC Championship (Birmingham, Ala.)
Men's tennis at SEC Tournament (Oxford, Miss.)
Women's tennis at SEC Tournament (Starkville, Miss.)

Sunday, April 21
Baseball at South Carolina - 1:30 p.m.
Softball at Arkansas - 2:00 p.m.
Men's golf at SEC Championship (St.Simon's, Ga.)
Women's golf at SEC Championship (Birmingham, Ala.)
Men's tennis at SEC Tournament (Oxford, Miss.)
Women's tennis at SEC Tournament (Starkville, Miss.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of April 8)

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Women's basketball
- The 2012-13 season was the most successful in program history with school records of 30 wins and eight victories over top-25 opponents. The Wildcats tied a school-record with 13 Southeastern Conference wins and advanced to their school-record fourth Elite Eight in the last four years, including second straight.
- UK has charted 25 or more wins in a school-record four straight seasons.
- Seniors A'dia Mathies and Brittany Henderson leave as the winningest class in UK Hoops history with a 111-30 record (.787).
- Mathies ends her career as UK's all-time leader in steals (320), games played (140) and started (139), while ranking second in scoring (2,014), 3-point field goals made (177) and field goals attempted (1,687), third in field goals made (712), free throws made (413) and attempted (590) and ninth in assists (349).

Gymnastics
- The Kentucky gymnastics team posted the program's highest-ever NCAA Regional team score with a 195.575 on Saturday.
- Kentucky finished in fourth-place overall just .45 outside of second position.
- Audrey Harrison finished in a tie for third for the individual all-around title with a score of 39.2, but tied for the highest AA score among competitors not on a team advancing to regionals.
- Alexis Gross earned a career-high all-around score 39.05, in her first meet competing in all four events during a single meet this season.

Softball

- The Kentucky softball team finished a 3-1 week with a sweep over Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina over the weekend, moving its SEC winning streak to a school-record tying six games. The streak began with a sweep of Mississippi State a few weeks ago.
- True freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley led Kentucky over the weekend with a 2-0 record and a 2.50 ERA. Nunley is an impressive 17-4 on the year with a 2.09 ERA with her 17 wins moving her into a tie for fourth on UK's single-season wins list with Morgan Marr, who had 17 in 2001. Nunley is the first UK pitcher to post 17 or more wins in a season since Chanda Bell had 18 in 2010. Junior Lauren Cumbess went 1-0 on the weekend, clinching the sweep with a strong seven-inning performance on Sunday, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Cumbess led UK at the dish over the weekend by going 5-for-10 with a double, two home runs and four RBI.
- Cumbess tied the game Saturday with a two-run homer and tied Sunday's game with an RBI single. Freshman Nikki Sagermann also went 5-for-10 with a double and home run, while junior Ginny Carroll, senior Alice O'Brien and freshman Christian Stokes also hit home runs. Sophomore Griffin Joiner had three hits and three RBI.

Baseball
- Kentucky suffered its first series loss of the year at the blistering-hot Tigers, previously owning series wins over Florida, No. 14 Mississippi State and Georgia.
- UK earned a thrilling 5-4 win over No. 9 Louisville in 10 innings in front of a UL school-record crowd, with freshman Kyle Cody turning in a quality start and freshman Kyle Barrett driving in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th.
- Freshman Kyle Barrett drove in the game-winning RBI against Louisville in the top of the 10th inning, completing the dramatic late inning comeback.
- UK has been led offensively by junior J.T. Riddle, who has hit .322 with six doubles, one triple, one homer and 17 RBI, stealing five bases. Sophomore A.J. Reed has belted eight homers and has 33 RBI, batting .319.

Men's tennis
- Kentucky dropped the first match of its three-match road trip to conclude the regular season at No. 14 Vanderbilt, 4-2.
- Kentucky won the doubles point with wins on courts one and three to get the early 1-0 lead, but were unable to hold on in singles play.
- Beck Pennington gave UK the early 2-0 lead as he won on court six. The Bowling Green, Ky., native is undefeated in singles play this season, with an 8-0 record, and is 2-0 in SEC play.
- The Wildcats finish the regular season at Florida and South Carolina this weekend before traveling to Oxford, Miss., for the SEC Tournament. The Wildcats defeated both UF and SC in 2011.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team fell 5-1 at home on Friday to No. 19 Vanderbilt.
- Freshman Nadia Ravita improved on her already impressive freshman season, defeating No. 61 Lauren Mira in straight sets. The 24th-ranked individual won the match on court one 7-5, 6-3.
- Kentucky will host No. 2 Florida on Friday and No. 29 South Carolina on Sunday to round out the regular season.

Track and field
- A small contingent of Wildcats competed at the Bellarmine Invitational on Saturday.
- Joanne Imbert placed second in the high jump with an outdoor season-high clearance of 1.72 meters/5'07.75".
- Michelle Canterna finished as the runner-up in the pole vault, with a top clearance of 3.80 meters/12'05.5"
- Shelby Kennard cleared 3.5 meters/ 11'05.75m, tying her outdoor season-high pole vault, before being unable to get over the bar at 3.65 meters /11'11.75".

Women's golf
- The UK women's golf team finished fifth at the M&F Bank Rebel Invitational last week in Oxford, Miss., shooting 22-over for the tournament. The Cats recorded the third lowest round on the final day to propel them into fifth place of the 18-team field.
- Junior Liz Breed, who competed as an individual for the Wildcats, charted one of her best performances of her career, tying her career-low with a 54-hole score of 2-over-par, 218 and equaled her best finish, tying for eighth place overall.
- Senior Ashleigh Albrecht tallied her third-lowest score of the season, finishing tied for 12th at 1-over-par. Freshman Sarah Harris also had an impressive tournament, posting a career-low 7-over-par, 223, including a personal-best 1-under-par, 71 on the final day. She finished tied for 24th.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, April 8
Men's golf at Gary Koch Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)

Tuesday, April 9
Men's golf at Gary Koch Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)
Softball hosts Marshall - 5:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Austin Peay - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10
Softball at Eastern Kentucky - 2:00 p.m.
Softball at Eastern Kentucky - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12
Women's tennis hosts Florida - 4:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at Florida - 5:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Florida - 6:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Tennessee - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 13
Softball hosts Florida - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Tennessee - 2:00 p.m.
Football hosts Blue/White Scrimmage - 7:00 p.m.
Track and field at Kentuckiana Border Battle (Louisville, Ky.)

Sunday, April 14
Softball hosts Florida - 12:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts South Carolina - 12:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Tennessee - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at South Carolina - 1:00 p.m.

Megan Moir was named the Brad Davis SEC Female Community Service Leader of the Year this week. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Megan Moir was named the Brad Davis SEC Female Community Service Leader of the Year this week. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Megan Moir and Chelsea Oswald have come to know each other well over the last four years.

Moir is on the Kentucky women's golf team and Oswald is a distance runner on the track and field and cross country teams. They aren't teammates, but their paths have crossed often since Oswald arrived in Lexington a year after Moir in 2009, most frequently as representatives on UK's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where Moir is president and Oswald the historian.

So when Oswald learned on Thursday that Moir had been named the Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Female Community Service Leader of the Year, Oswald naturally reached out. What Oswald didn't know at the time was congratulations would soon be in order for her as well.

"She actually sent me a text message to congratulate me about my award," Moir said. "And then it was cool because she won the next day."

On Friday, Oswald was named the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year, marking the first time since 1999 that UK student-athletes had won both the prestigious Davis and McWhorter awards.

Wildcat teams and athletes have had more than their share of moments of excellence in competition. Competing at the Division I level, of course, is what all of UK's 22 teams have in common. But perhaps more than anything else, the achievements of Moir and Oswald reflect what it means to be a Wildcat off the field.

"To have two people win in the same year, it definitely says something about the department," Moir said.

It says plenty about Moir and Oswald as individuals too.

During her time at UK, Moir has spent an astounding 700 hours serving the community, from inside the borders of Fayette County to across the Atlantic Ocean in Ethiopia with a group of fellow student-athletes. Moir, a native of Louisville, Ky., cites her Christian faith as the inspiration for her commitment to volunteering.

"I've been blessed with so many opportunities and so many privileges just because of the family and the life I was born into," Moir said. "I'm constantly looking at myself seeing how I can use what I've been given to give back and bless other people."

True to her words, Moir plans to use the $10,000 post-graduate scholarship that comes with the Davis award to do just that.

Last May, she received a B.S. degree in accounting and marketing and will complete her master's in sports leadership in a month. She is then planning to spend seven months in Uganda to do ministry and mission work. After that, she'll decide how best to put the scholarship money to use.

"Ideally long term, I want to do financial planning for people living on the margins of society, so I'll probably go back to school to get a master's in family or financial planning or something of that sort," Moir said.

Chelsea Oswald (Chet White, UK Athletics) Chelsea Oswald (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Oswald has more definitive plans for how she'll use her $15,000 scholarship. She expects to complete B.S. degrees in biology and psychology in May 2013 and June 2014, respectively. Once she finishes her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend physical therapy school.

If her college career to this point is any indication, you can expect her to fulfill those plans.

With her 4.0 grade-point average, Oswald has received almost every conceivable academic award, including the 2013 NCAA Elite 89 award. She did, however, admit to one close call that nearly blemished her perfect GPA. It was in a course called animal physiology and she was pleasantly surprised to look up her final grade when she returned to her home in Medina, Ohio for the summer and see an "A."

"I wouldn't have been upset if I had gotten a 'B' because I try my hardest with every class," Oswald said. "If I would have gotten a 'B,' I would have known I put all my effort into it. I think that's what success is: just knowing you've applied yourself as best as you can to the task at hand."

Oswald has certainly done that in competition throughout her career and has the results to prove it in 2012-13. She has had her best season under the leadership of first-year head coach Edrick Floreal, earning All-America honors in both cross country and indoor track and field.

"This whole last year has made a complete turnaround," Oswald said. "With the new coaching staff and everything, I think it's a blessing. I'm extremely thankful that they've helped turn my running career around and kind of everything in my life. I'm more positive about everything because I have more confidence."

That confidence translates to all facets, including service. Oswald is active in the track and field team's Soles4Souls shoe drive, mentors a young Lexington-area girl and volunteers with a number of other organizations, following the service-oriented lead of her friend Moir.

"I think it's good to get UK Athletics out there in the community," Oswald said.

And just as Oswald makes an impact in the area for which Moir was honored by the SEC, Moir stands out in the classroom. She is a two-time Academic All-American and graduated summa cum laude a year ago.

Moir and Oswald are two student-athletes who have made the most of every opportunity afforded to them at UK, from the classroom to the community to competition. And even as they received the most individual of awards this week, their reactions show why they are such excellent of examples of what it means to be a Wildcat.

"This award recognizes not only my achievements, but also all the great people who have helped me along the way," Oswald said. "I truly would not have been able to do this without the help of the whole University of Kentucky including my coaches, teammates and family."

"I am so very proud to be a Wildcat and it feels good to be able to represent the university that means so much to me," Moir said.

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In what has become an annual tradition, the University of Kentucky Track and Field Shoe Drive began earlier this week and will last until May 10.

Former UK track student-athlete Josh Nadzam and seniors Luis Orta and Hiruni Wijayaratne are leading the way for the drive, which will benefit Soles4Souls. a Nashville, Tenn.-based not-for-profit organization that distributes shoes to more than 100 countries.

This is the drive's third year. It began at UK, but has since expanded throughout the Southeastern Conference. Last year, nearly 3,000 shoes were collected at UK alone and more than 13,000 among all SEC schools. Here's more from UKNow:

"This all started from an epiphany that Luis and I had when he realized we were wastefully discarding wearable shoes in the trash," Nadzam said.  "As distance runners, we have to replace our shoes every 400-500 miles; we run anywhere from 60-80 miles a week so you can see this adds up quickly.  Luis came to me with the idea that instead of throwing the shoes away what if we collected them and sent them to countries with citizens who have never owned a pair of shoes."

Nadzam, Orta, and Wijayaratne collected shoes in a somewhat haphazard fashion that first year, spreading the word through Facebook, Twitter, email, and any other form of communication they could think of.  The trio partnered with Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization in Nashville that collects shoes and ships them to over 126 different countries.

Those wishing to donate can bring new and used shoes to on-campus collection sites at the Johnson Recreation Center, the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS, located in Memorial Coliseum), Shively Training Center (next to Cliff Hagan Baseball Stadium) and the Patterson Office Tower on the sixth floor.  There is also an off-campus collection site at the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) located at 200 East Main Street.

For more information, visit www.uktrackandfieldshoedrive.com.

Kentucky Sports Report (week of April 1)

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Women's basketball
- The Wildcats earned their second straight and third trip to the Elite Eight in the last four years after an impressive team effort over one of the nation's best players in senior Elena Delle Donne and the No. 15/16 Blue Hens.
- Ten players scored at least two points, led by redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O'Neill with 19 points and senior
All-America candidate A'dia Mathies with 16 points and season-high tying nine rebounds.
- The Wildcats have won a school-record 30 games and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fourth consecutive season.
- For the second straight season, the second-seeded Wildcats will meet the top-seeded Huskies with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
- Mathies charted her 2,000th-career point against the Blue Hens, becoming just the fifth men's or women's basketball player at Kentucky to reach the accomplishment.

Gymnastics
- No. 19 UK earned a NCAA Gymnastics Championship bid last Monday.
- The Wildcats will compete at the Morgantown, W.Va. regional on Saturday, April 6.
- Kentucky is making its ninth consecutive and 25th overall NCAA Regional appearance.
- UK will join top-seeded Michigan, No. 2-seed Nebraska, No. 3-seed Illinois, as well as host West Virginia and North Carolina seeded fifth and sixth respectively.

Softball
- The Kentucky softball team posted a road win over Lipscomb last week before falling in a non-conference tilt to No. 5 Tennessee last Friday. The game against Tennessee did not count towards Southeastern Conference team standings. UK took down Lipscomb 8-1 before falling to UT 6-0.
- UK got a strong performance offensively against Lipscomb. Griffin Joiner led Kentucky, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a RBI double. The homer was Joiner's team-leading eighth home run of the season. Ginny Carroll and Lauren Cumbess also had strong nights at the dish with Carroll posting a 3-for-4 night with two RBI and Cumbess blasting her fourth roundtripper of the season. Cumbess ended the game 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Christian Stokes also had two hits.
- Ellen Weaver and Kelsey Nunley combined for a strong effort in the circle against Lipscomb. Weaver threw the first two innings of the game, allowing one unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts. Nunley came in to start the third inning, keeping the Bisons scoreless the rest of the game on just two hits with five strikeouts.

Baseball
- Kentucky posted a midweek 8-2 win over Marshall, before opening the series with Georgia in a 10-inning thriller. UK got a rally in the bottom of the 10th inning that resulted in a two-out walk from Max Kuhn with the bases loaded to give UK a 3-2 win.
- On Saturday, Georgia took a 7-3 lead before UK mounted a furious rally that fell short in a 7-6 loss. UK rebounded on Sunday in its third straight rubber-match win in 2013, 5-0, behind a dominating clutch performance from Corey Littrell.
- During the four-game week, UK had a 2.19 ERA in its 37 innings, with Austin Cousino pacing the club with a .500 average (7-for-14), with four doubles, a triple and four RBI.
- Freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett leads the team with a .364 average, owning three doubles and four RBI. Junior J.T. Riddle has a .359 mark with six doubles, one triple, one homer and 17 RBI, with a 14-4 walk-strikeout ratio and four steals. A.J. Reed has hit .340 with four doubles, two triples, six homers and 28 RBI, with Cousino batting .315 with eight doubles, one triple, four homers and 20 RBI, stealing four bases.

Men's tennis
- Kentucky went 2-0 on the weekend, collecting wins in its final SEC home matches of the season over No. 31 Alabama (7-0) and No. 32 Auburn (4-1).
- Senior Anthony Rossi became just the 15th player in Kentucky tennis history to collect 100-career wins as he won both of his weekend matches in straight sets.
- Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai knocked off the fifth-ranked doubles team in the nation 8-6, on Sunday as the Wildcats improved to 18-6 overall, and 6-3 in SEC play.
- UK welcomes No. 7 Ohio State to Lexington on Wednesday afternoon for another top-10 match at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center, the third top-10 showdown this season in Lexington.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team lost 6-1 at No. 8 Alabama on Friday and 4-0 on Sunday at No. 22 Auburn.
- On Friday, 24th-ranked Nadia Ravita defeated No. 26 Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.
- Kentucky will return home on Friday to host No. 19 Vanderbilt.

Swimming and diving
- Kentucky junior diver Greg Ferrucci earned three top-five finishes at the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend, accounting for all 45 points scored by Kentucky to pace UK to a 22nd place finish.
- Ferrucci earned career-best finishes at the NCAA in all three diving events, finishing fourth place on the 1-meter springboard (403.05), 3-meter springboard (423.15) and platform (418.30).
- John Fox made his NCAA debut this weekend, finishing 22nd, 23rd and 27th in those same events respectively.

Men's golf
- The UK men's golf team placed tied for 10th in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Awendaw, S.C., shooting 44-over-par for the tournament.
- Junior Stephen Powers led the way for the Wildcats, fining 2-over-par for the invitational and recording his highest finish of the year, tying for fifth. The top-10 finish marked the fourth of the year for the Naperville, Ill., native and the third of the spring.
- Kentucky returns to the links April 8-9 at the Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa, Fla.

Track and field
- Rebecca Famurewa set the UK freshman record with a mark of 53.22 meters/ 174 feet 7 inches to win the Texas Relays. Famurewa's mark was also fourth best in school history.
- Hiruni Wijayaratne won the women's 1500 meters with a PR 4:34.94 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational.
- Sean Keane won the Nikoloff 800 meters with a time of 1:51.52.
- Michelle Canterna missed the school record pole vault by half an inch as she cleared 3.85 meters/ 12'07.50" to take fourth at the Nikoloff.
- Kayla Parker's PR 110H time of 13.20 was good for fifth place at the Texas Relays, and was the second fastest time in UK history.
- Keith Hayes claimed fifth in the 110H with a time of 13.66, which was also good for No 2 in the school record book.
- Chelsea Oswald and Cally Macumber ran two of the four fastest 5,000-meter times in Kentucky history on Friday at the Stanford Invitational.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, April 1
Women's basketball vs. Connecticut - 7:30 p.m. (Bridgeport, Connecticut)

Tuesday, April 2
Baseball at Louisville - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3
Men's tennis hosts Ohio State - 2:00 p.m.
Softball at Louisville - 6:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Murray State - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 5

Track and field at Florida Relays - 10:00 a.m. (Gainesville, Fla.)
Women's tennis hosts Vanderbilt - 12:00 p.m.
Softball at South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.
Baseball at LSU - 8:00 p.m.
Track and field at Bellarmine Invitational (Louisville, Ky.)
Women's golf at Rebel Intercollegiate (Oxford, Miss.)

Saturday, April 6

Track and field at Florida Relays - 10:00 a.m. (Gainesville, Fla.)
Track and field at Crimson Tide Invite - 11:30 a.m. (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Men's tennis at Vanderbilt - 12:00 p.m.
Softball at South Carolina - 4:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at NCAA Regional - 6:00 p.m. (Morgantown, W. Va.)
Baseball at LSU - 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball at KIVA Collegiate Tournament (Louisville, Ky.)
Track and field at Bellarmine Invitational (Louisville, Ky.)
Women's golf at Rebel Intercollegiate (Oxford, Miss.)

Sunday, April 7
Softball at South Carolina - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball at LSU - 2:00 p.m.
Women's golf at Rebel Intercollegiate (Oxford, Miss.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 18)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky earned the No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament and will take on Robert Morris in the opening round on Tuesday.
- The invitation to the NIT marks the 22nd-consecutive season UK will take part in postseason play. The Wildcats are 13-6 overall in the NIT and have twice won the title (1946, 1976).
- UK fell 64-48 in the SEC Tournament to Vanderbilt, despite a 12-point effort from freshman Archie Goodwin.
- Senior Julius Mays is six points shy of scoring 1,000 for his collegiate career. He current has 994 total points, with 301 of those tallies coming in a UK uniform.

Gymnastics

- Kentucky reached a new program best 196.775 on Saturday at Penn State.
- The Wildcats extended their school-record streak of scores more than 196 to four.
- Alexis Gross claimed event honors with collegiate-high scores on both uneven bars and balance beam. Gross notched a 9.9 on bars, and received a 9.95 on balance beam. Her 9.95 was third-highest on the event in school history. She received a 9.9 from judge one and a 10.0 from judge two as both averaged a 9.95.
- Kentucky also smashed the program-record beam score with a 49.475.

Softball
- The No. 17 Kentucky softball team earned an impressive midweek win against No. 24 North Carolina, taking down the Tar Heels 18-0 behind the ninth no-hitter in school history from freshman pitcher Katie Henderson. Henderson went all five innings in the win, striking out four with only one walk. The no-hitter was the first for UK since Chanda Bell threw a no-hitter against LSU in 2012.
- The UK offense set many school records in the win as the 18 runs scored and four homers tied the most runs scored in a game in school annals, while UK's 18 runs batted in was the most ever in a single game in school history. Sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner was the leader of the pack offensively in the win, posting a 4-for-4 night with career highs in home runs with two, runs scored with four and runs batted in with six.
- The Wildcats could not keep up the momentum going over the weekend, falling in all three games to No. 13 LSU. The Wildcats dropped the first game 7-1 before dropping the next two games in LSU's last at bat.

Baseball
- Kentucky posted its first series win in Gainesville in 14 years over the weekend and just the fifth in the history of the series that dates back to 1953.
- The Wildcats fell in the opener after a three-error seventh inning in a 1-1 game and rebounded with an 11-5 win over the Gators on Saturday. In the rubber match, UK turned to Corey Littrell, who pitched UK to the series win in a 6-2 result at McKethan Stadium.
- The Wildcats have hit .297 as a team, belting 31 doubles, five triples and 14 homers, scoring 149 runs and stealing 29 bases. On the mound, UK has a 2.45 team ERA, allowing 164 hits in 169 innings, walking 41 and striking out 138.

Men's tennis
- No. 10 Kentucky completed the Mississippi swing this weekend, coming out of the weekend 2-0 with a 4-1 win over No. 4 Ole Miss and a 4-2 win over No. 13 Mississippi State.
- Kentucky now sits at 16-4 overall and stands tied atop the SEC standings with a 4-1 in-conference record.
- No. 31 Anthony Rossi picked up the clinching match on Sunday over No. 18 Romain Bogearts 7-6 (3), 6-3 of MSU. Rossi's doubles partner, Grant Roberts went 4-0 on the weekend as well. In Friday's 4-1 win at Ole Miss, freshman Kevin Lai clinched the match as he moved to 9-0 on the year, picking up his first-career SEC win.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team went 1-1 over the weekend, falling to Ole Miss 4-3 on Friday before defeating Mississippi State 7-0 on Sunday.
- Freshman Nadia Ravita won two singles matches in the No. 1 singles slot, improving her record to 15-2.
- Sophomore Stephanie Fox and freshman Kirsten Lewis both went 2-0 in singles over the weekend.

Track and field
- Kentucky opened the outdoor season with seven event titles by either individual competitors or relay teams.
- Andrew Evans won the discus behind a new personal record mark of 59.27m/194'05".
- Kayla Parker won the 100-meter hurdles with a PR 13.51 performance.
- Both the men's and women's teams won the 4x100-meter relays.
- Keffri Neal won the 1,500 meters with a personal-record time of 3:51.60. Teammate Adam Kahleifeh also posted a PR time of 3:51.94 to finish in second-position.
- Raymond Dykstra showed off his 2012 All-America credentials in the javelin with a meet-winning performance of 67.84m/222'07"

Men's golf
- The Kentucky men's golf team wrapped up the week with two top-10 finishes, placing tied for fifth at the Tiger Invitational and tied for sixth at the Schenkel Invitational.
- Junior Stephen Powers recorded his second straight top-10 finish at the Tiger Invite with a 6-over-par, 222, placing tied for sixth overall. Junior Ben Stow also was in the top-20, finishing tied for 14th at 8-over.
- Stow continued his torrid play at the Schenkel Invite, posting his first career top-10 finish, placing tied for ninth at 1-under-par. The Salisbury, England native charted a career-low score of 215.

Women's golf
- The UK women's golf team competed in their second tournament of the spring, finishing tied for ninth in the 18-team field at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate.
- Senior Betsie Johnson was the low scorer for the Wildcats, recording her first top-20 finish of the year, placing tied for 19th at 9-over-par.

Swimming and diving
- Greg Ferrucci, John Fox and Christa Cabot each earned berths to the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with their performances at the Zone C Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., this past weekend.
- Ferrucci won both the 3-meter (888.05) and 1-meter (825.75) springboard events to advance to his third straight NCAA Championships, and broke the program record on the 3-meter for a six-dive score with a 434.85. Fox earned fourth place on the 3-meter (761.95) to advance to his first NCAA Championships.
- Cabot earned her spot on the first day of competition on the 3-meter board, scoring 623.10 to earn a fourth place finish. It will be the sophomore's first career appearance at the NCAA Championships.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, March 19
Softball hosts Western Kentucky - 6:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Western Kentucky - 6:30 p.m.
Men's basketball at Robert Morris - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20
Softball hosts Iowa - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 21
Swimming and diving at Women's NCAA Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Track and field at Florida State Relays (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Friday, March 22
Track and field at Alabama Relays - 12:00 p.m. (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Men's tennis hosts Tennessee - 2:00 p.m.
Women's tennis at Tennessee - 5:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Mississippi State - 6:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Mississippi State - 6:30 p.m.
Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic (Baton Rouge, La.)
Swimming and diving at Women's NCAA Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Track and field at Florida State Relays (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Saturday, March 23
Baseball hosts Mississippi State - 12:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
Track and field at Alabama Relays - 3:00 p.m. Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Gymnastics at SEC Championships (North Little Rock, Ark.)
Track and field at Florida State Relays (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic (Baton Rouge, La.)
Swimming and diving at Women's NCAA Championships (Statesboro, Ga.)

Sunday, March 24
Women's tennis at Georgia - 1:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Georgia - 1:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at SEC Finals - 3:30 p.m. (Nashville)
Men's golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate (Awendaw, S.C.)
Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic (Baton, Rouge, La.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 4)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky went 1-1 on the week with a win over Mississippi State before falling at Arkansas on Saturday.
- Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein continued his dynamic play by averaging 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game this week.
- With the win over the Bulldogs, UK secured its 57th 20-win season in program history
- Kentucky was led in scoring by Arkansas native Archie Goodwin with 14 points in the loss to the Razorbacks.

Women's basketball

- After earning its school-record tying 13th SEC win with a commanding 78-65 victory over No. 8 Tennessee on Senior Day, Kentucky earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament.
- The Wildcats have had another remarkable season under the direction of head coach Matthew Mitchell. Mitchell, who became UK's all-time winningest coach with the win over Tennessee, has led the Cats to a school-record fourth straight 25-win season with a 25-4 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in SEC play.
- A'dia Mathies had led the team in scoring (16.0), 3-point field goals made (60) and 3-point field goal percentage (.403), and has reached double figures in 27-of-29 games, including 20 in a row

Gymnastics
- The Kentucky gymnastics team shattered the school record with a 196.5 team score in a win at Ball State on Sunday.
- Kentucky has now posted team scores of more than 196 two weeks in a row for the first time in school history.
- Audrey Harrison won her fifth consecutive individual all-around title with a huge career-high score of 39.425.
- The Knoxville, Tenn., native now has a Southeastern Conference-leading seven AA titles this season.

Softball

- For the second consecutive weekend, the No. 17 Kentucky softball team went undefeated in a weekend tournament, posting a 5-0 record in the 2013 Under Armour Invitational with wins against Illinois, USF, Loyola Marymount, Central Michigan and Western Michigan.
- This is the first time in school history UK has gone undefeated in consecutive tournaments.
- Senior Kara Dill led UK offensively over the weekend with a .353 (6-for-17) average, including six runs scored and her first triple of the season.
- In the circle, Lauren Cumbess paced UK with a 2-0 record and 0.58 ERA in 12 innings pitched, including 11 strikeouts. True freshman Kelsey Nunley went 3-0 on the weekend with a 1.94 ERA, throwing 21.2 innings, allowing six earned runs with 18 strikeouts.

Baseball
- The eighth-ranked Kentucky baseball team completed its first home week with five wins, including a series sweep over Akron during the weekend. UK picked up midweek wins over Murray State and Eastern Kentucky.
- UK has been led individually by junior infielder J.T. Riddle, who has hit .447 (21-for-47) with three doubles, one triple, one homer and 11 RBI, stealing three bases and reaching base at a .527 clip.
- On the mound, UK had a 2.57 ERA in 98 innings, walking only 27 and striking out 87, with opponents hitting .255, stealing only 3-of-7 bases and UKL picking off four runners.
- During the five-game week, UK got a jaw-dropping hitting performance from Reed, who drove in 15 RBI with three homers and a double during the week, batting .526 (10-for-19).

Men's tennis
- Kentucky opened the 2013 SEC season by collecting two wins over No. 49 Arkansas (5-2) on Friday and No. 39 LSU (4-0) on Sunday afternoon to move to 14-2 (2-0 SEC) on the season.
- Senior No. 21 Anthony Rossi upped his record to 14-1 on the season, picking up wins number 95 and 96 in his career. Rossi has now won nine consecutive straight-set matches and has also won 18 of the last 19 sets he has played.
- UK won the doubles point in both matches this weekend, as the Wildcats are now 11 for 13 this season in doubles competition.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team went 1-1 in the opening weekend of Southeastern Conference play. - After falling 4-3 at Arkansas on Friday, Kentucky traveled to Baton Rouge, La., and defeated the No. 63 Tigers 4-3.
- Freshman Kirsten Lewis had a comeback win to clinch Kentucky's win over LSU, taking the No. 5 singles point 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.
- Senior Jessica Stiles, sophomore Stephanie Fox and freshman Nadia Ravita all recorded singles wins in straight sets vs. LSU.

Track and field
- Five Kentucky track and field athletes, four women and a man, are in position to qualify for this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships as they own top-16 times.
- The Women's Distance Medley Relay Team of Cally Macumber, Morganne Phillips, Allison Peare and Chelsea Oswald broke the school record with a time of 11:00.33 on Friday.
- That time ranks No. 6 in the nation.
- Keith Hayes broke the school 60-meter hurdles record with a time of 7.73 on Saturday.
- That time ranks No. 9 n the nation.

Swimming and diving
- The Kentucky swimming team sent several swimmers to the Bulldog Last Chance Meet this past weekend in Athens, Ga., attempting to earn qualifying times for the 2013 NCAA Championships.
- Sophomore Christina Bechtel improved her time in the 100-butterfly with a 52.62, second best in program history in that event. The time likely will earn her a ticket to the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., March 21-23.
- Junior Lucas Gerotto also improved his time in the 100-backstroke while breaking his own program record in the event, finishing with a 47.19 to increase the likelihood that he is asked back for his second consecutive NCAA appearance.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, March 4
Men's golf at USF Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)

Tuesday, March 5
Baseball hosts Cincinnati - 4:00 p.m.
Men's golf at USF Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)

Wednesday, March 6
Baseball hosts Xavier - 4:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Marshall - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 7
Men's basketball at Georgia - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 8
Men's tennis at Baylor - 3:30 p.m.
Baseball hosts Michigan State - 4:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts Missouri - 4:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Ole Miss - 5:00 p.m.
Women's basketball vs. Missouri/Vanderbilt - 6:00 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.)
Gymnastics hosts Bowling Green - 7:00 p.m.
Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
Track and field at NCAA Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Saturday, March 9
Men's basketball hosts Florida - Noon
Softball hosts Ole Miss - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Michigan State - 2:00 p.m.
Women's basketball at SEC Tournament Semifinals - 6:00 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.)
Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
Track and field at NCAA Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Sunday, March 10
Women's tennis hosts Texas A&M - Noon
Softball hosts Ole Miss - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Michigan State - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at Texas A&M - 1:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at Ball State - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball at SEC Tournament Finals - 6:00 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.)

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