Cally Macumber Breaks School 3K Record
By Jacob Most
SEATTLE and FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Rewriting the Kentucky track and field record books has become almost commonplace for Cally Macumber in 2013. Her performance Saturday was no exception.
Competing at the Husky Classic inside Dempsey Indoor on the Washington campus Macumber smashed the Kentucky 3,000-meter record.
As they have in nearly every race through the 2012-13 cross country/indoor track and field seasons Macumber and Oswald ran side by side among the lead pack for much of the race.
Oswald pulled ahead in the middle of the race before Macumber surged to the front on the penultimate lap, opening a commanding lead by the bell’s sound.
Dempsey Indoor was the sight of Macumber’s best indoor 3K performance before this season, and she continued to look comfortable at the facility on Saturday.
Macumber’s 3K winning-time of 8:59.98 broke three-time 5K NCAA champion Valarie McGovern’s school record of 9:05.74.
Macumber set a new personal-best by more than 10 seconds. Chelsea Oswald took eighth with a PR 9:06.64, which was the third-fastest indoor time in school history.
The rest of the Wildcats spent the weekend competing at the Tyson Invitational inside the Randal Tyson Track Center on the Arkansas campus.
On Saturday, Bradley Szypka finished second in the shot put with a PR-tying throw of 18.50m/60-08.50. That mark maintains his hold on the No. 4 Southeastern Conference mark as of Saturday evening. Isiah Kent also produced a PR mark of 18.20m/59-08.50 to take eighth.
Keffri Neal took second in the men’s 800-meter final with a PR, team-best time of 1:49.79, which currently ranks No. 5 in the SEC.
Allison Peare ran a season-best, team-leading 2:09.04 in the women’s 800 meters to finish fourth on Friday.
Keith Hayes produced a season-best time of 7.79 in the 60-meter hurdles finals to place fourth.
More than 2,000 miles from Macumber and Oswald, Anna Bostrom continued the strong women’s distance weekend for Kentucky with a career-best 9:48.35 in the Tyson women’s 3K to finish fifth. Hiruni Wijayaratne took seventh in that race.
Joanne Imbert posted a top-five performance for the second straight week finishing fourth in the women’s high jump (1.72m/5-07.75).
Ben Mason notched a team-leading 21.70 in the men’s 60 meters.
More than 40 colleges and universities competed at the Tyson Invitational, including seven men’s teams ranked in this week’s national poll.
The Wildcats next compete at the SEC Championships in two weeks. This weekend was the first of at least three trips the Wildcats make to Arkansas this season as the Tyson Track Center is host site for the conference as well as NCAA Championships.
Kentucky athletes could also find themselves at either Arkansas or Washington for “last chance meets” in early March.
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