Saunders Shows Solid Form on Kentucky Invitational Day Two


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sha’Keela Saunders added the nation’s No. 2 triple jump to her world-leading long jump on Saturday at the Kentucky Invitational inside Nutter Field House. 

Saunders spent her initial attempts tinkering with a starting mark. She found a suitable solution on her penultimate attempt, reaching an all-time personal best 43-feet 3.75 inches/13.20 meters.

The mark was four inches better than her prior personal best, 42’11.75”/13.10 meters, recorded nearly a year ago on the same runway and pit at the McCravy Memorial.

Saunders jumped an indoor long jump PR 21' 6.25"/6.56m last Dec., a mark which remains the best in the world this season at time of publication.

Other noteworthy performances by Wildcats on Saturday included
  • Nick Anderson won the 60m hurdles in 7.92.

  • Katy Kunc won the mile in 4:56.41.

  • Freshman Kianna Gray won the 200m in 23.86.

  • Xaivier McAllister placed second in the high jump, clearing 6'10.25"/2.09m in his UK debut.

  • Fred Dorsey improved his PR to 24'5.5"/7.45m to place third in the long jump. He finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 47’1.50” /14.36m in his first collegiate TJ.

  •  Jacob Thomson was second in the mile in 4:12.08.

  • Lou Styles was runner-up in the 800m with a time of 1:53.18. Shane Dillon placed third in 1:53.27.

  •  Olivia Gruver placed third in the pole vault with a clearance at 12’10”/3.91m.

 UK's women's team entered the meet ranked No. 8 in the initial USTFCCCA rankings.

Kentucky will host what has become one of the best regular-season fields of any meet in the nation for the Rod McCravy Memorial next weekend. 

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Saturday Field Events

Results

Men’s High Jump

2. Xaivier McAllister: 6’10.25”/2.09m
5. Justin Kretchmer: 6’8.25”/2.04m

Men’s Long Jump

3. Fred Dorsey: 24’5.5”/7.45m

Women’s Long Jump

34. Fendi Asemota: 16’3.0”/4.95m

Women’s Shot Put

8. Beckie Famurewa: 50’6.00”/15.39m
9. Adriana Brown: 49’7.75”/15.13m

Women’s Pole Vault

3. Olivia Gruver: 12’10.00” / 3.91m

Men’s Shot Put

5. Nikolas Huffman: 58’4.75”/ 17.8m
15. Logan Bryer: 49’5.5” / 15.07
16. Noah Castle: 49’0.75” / 14.95

Women’s Triple Jump

1. Sha’Keela Saunders: 43’3.75” / 13.2m

Men’s Triple Jump

2. Fred Dorsey: 47’1.50” /14.36m

 

Saturday Running Events

Results

 

Women’s 60m Hurdles prelims

1. Jacklyn Howell: 8.42Q

Men’s 60m Hurdles prelims

1. Nick Anderson: 7.95Q
7. Caleb Wilt: 8.28q
8. Tim Duckworth: 8.32q
15. Ibn Short: 8.49

Women’s 60m prelims

1. Destiny Carter: 7.48Q
2. Leah Nugent (unattached): 7.49Q
3. Kianna Gray:: 7.50Q
10: Donatella Asemota: 7.57
12. Sha’Keela Saunders: 7.60

Men’s 60m prelims

5. Kenshard Hamilton: 6.94Q
11. Fred Dorsey: 6.97
12. Xavier Jones: 6.98
13. Victor Ini-Oluwa Oye: 6.99
22. Maurice Simpson: 7.06

Women’s 60m

1. Leah Nugent (unattached): 7.39
2. Destiny Carter: 7.46
4. Kianna Gray:: 7.53

Men’s 60m Hurdles

1. Nick Anderson: 7.92
7. Caleb Wilt: 8.31
8. Tim Duckworth: DNS – competing in other events

Women’s 60 meters         

1. Leah Nugent (unattached): 7.39
2. Destiny Carter: 7.46

Men’s 60 meters

9. Kenshard Hamilton: 7.09

Women’s Mile

1. Katy Kunc: 4:56.41

Men’s Mile

2. Jacob Thompson: 4:12.08
8. Kendall Muhammad: 4:20.14
23. Spencer Hrycay: 4:25.82

Women’s 400 meters

10. Daje Pugh: 57.01

Men’s 400 meters

12. Ini-Oluwa Oyer: 50.15
27. Ibn Short: 52.19
28. Maurice Simpson: 52.29

Women’s 800 meters

9. Michelle McKinney: 2:16.92
12. Tia Robertson: 2:17.53
25. Jill Weston: 2:22.30

Men’s 800 meters

2. Lou Styles: 1:53.18
3. Shane Dillon: 1:53.27
12. Ian Jones: 1:55.94

13. Tim Layten: 1:56.09
14. Raine Wireman: 1:57.88

Women’s 200 meters

1. Kianna Gray: 23.86
5. Destiny Carter: 24.23
7. Donatella Asemota: 24.41
11: Jasmine Mitchell: 24.62
20. Jacklyn Howell: 25.03

Men’s 200 meters

8. Kenshard Hamilton: 21.90
9. Xavier Jones: 21.94
13. Nick Anderson: 22.14
34: Caleb Wilt: 23.34

Women’s 3k

14. Avery Bussjager: 10:17.61

Men’s 3k

9. Ryan Polman: 8:31.89
24. Michael Iacofano: 8:52.53
32. James Brown: 9:07.32

Women’s 4x400m relay

2. Kentucky “A” (Mitchell, Gray, Hitchcock, Graham): 3:42.20
6. Kentucky “B” (Howell, Saunders, Asemota, Quinn): 3:50.43

 

Friday Events

Results

Women’s Weight Throw

3. Rebecca Famurewa: 66’8”/20.32m
12. Brandi Walker: 57’10.25”/17.63m
34. Adriana Brown: 47’9.75”/14.57m

Men’s Weight Throw

6. Logan Bryer: 63’3.5”/19.29m
9. David Cline: 61’5.5”/18.73m
21. Noah Castle: 47’2.5”/14.39m

Women DMR

1. Kentucky “A” (McKinney, Hitchcock, Graham, McCaslin): 11:32.35
5. Kentucky “B”:  (Weston, Pugh, Miller, Kunc): 11:57.54

Men’s DMR

1.       Kentucky “A” (Harm, Jones, Dillon, Styles): 9:57.85

6. Kentucky “B” (Wireman, Simpson, Layten, Hrycay): 10:21.23