Meet the Wildcats: Khadijah Hudson

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the Blue/White Scrimmage on Dec. 13, presents “Meet the Wildcats,” an opportunity for you to get to know a little more about the 2016 Kentucky Gymnastics team. Today’s Meet the Wildcats features senior Khadijah Hudson.

Khadijah Hudson, a junior from Hebron, Kentucky, enters 2016 coming off of an injury she suffered following her first three meets on vault for the Wildcats in 2015. In her UK debut, she scored a 9.825 on vault at Washington, and added a 9.725 on vault in her first home competition at Excite Night. Prior to last season she competed at Eastern Michigan where she competed in five meets as a sophomore and eleven meets as a freshman. Khadijah earned Second-Team ALL MAC honors and was named MAC Specialist of the Week while at Eastern Michigan.

Here’s a bit more on Khadijah:

Quick Facts

Birthplace: Florence, KY

Parents: Michelle McKenney

Siblings: Mekhi, Jalen, and Elijah

Twitter Handle: @dijah2324

Instagram Handle: @dijah2324

Major: Social Work

Nickname(s): Khadiva

Get to Know Khadija in Competition

The best part about being a UK student-athlete is …. The UK school spirit and the fans.

I chose Kentucky because …  It is my home state.

If I competed in another sport outside of gymnastics it would be _____ ….. Track

I’m most excited for this during the season …. Traveling with the team.

My role model in gymnastics is… Dominique Dawes

My goal this season is to ….  To come back strong from my injury.

Khadija Outside of Competition

My favorite TV show is ….  Scandal

My favorite place on UK’s campus is … The arboretum.

Pre-meet superstitions … Listening to 50 Cent

My favorite athlete outside of gymnastics is …  Misty May

Favorite musical artist… Ciara

Do you have any family members who played Division 1 sports? …. My dad played football for Kansas State.

My favorite thing about UK is  … The fans.

Do you have any famous relatives? Who? …  Musical artist Bootsy Collins

The Wildcats kick off the 2016 season with the Blue/White scrimmage on Sun., Dec. 13 at a time still to be determined. The scrimmage will serve as a preview to the 2016 season, with the season opener Excite Night set for Fri., Jan. 8 against Ball State at 7 p.m. All home meets will be held in Memorial Coliseum. 

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