Orta Leads UK Distance Runners at Day One of Husky Classic
Feb. 11, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. – With the University of Kentucky track and field teams split in two, junior Luis Orta headed to Seattle to compete in the Husky Classic with the other distance runners on the UK men’s and women’s teams. On Friday night, he ran into the history books for the third time this season.
Orta, a Caracas, Venezuela native who set the ninth and then the eighth fastest 3,000m runs in school history earlier this year, clocked the fourth fastest 5,000m run in UK history Friday evening. Orta finished the rigorous race in sixth with a time of 14:02.45.
Orta was joined in Seattle by many of the other Kentucky distance runners. Sophomore Stacey Eden also ran in the 5,000m, finishing with a time of 14:56.05.
On the women’s side, sophomore Chelsea Oswald ran the eighth fastest 5,000m run in school history, finishing in 16:50.65. It was the first 5,000m run of the year for the Kentucky women’s team, and Oswald made it count, finishing 28th. Sophomore Taylor Wendler finished with a time of 17:25.48.
Schools from across the country are competing in the Husky Classic. In addition to Kentucky, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Virginia, Washington State and Wisconsin, among others, will be competing in the Dempsey Indoor.
Meanwhile, at the SPIRE Division I Collegiate Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, sophomore Kayla Parker finished ninth in the pentathlon with 3,327 points. Parker’s total is the 10th best pentathlon score in program history. The native of Port Saint Joe, Fla., finished fifth in the 60m hurdles and 19th in the high jump before earning fourth-place marks in the shot put and long jump. Parker closed out the pentathlon with a 15th-place finish in the 800m.
Freshman Daniel Buckles finished seventh in his first heptathlon of the year. A product of Leitchfield, Ky., Buckles finished eighth in the 60m, fourth in the long jump, fifth in the shot put and seventh in the high jump. Buckles’ final point total was 2,476.
Freshman Brandon Nichols competed in the 200m dash for the first time in his collegiate career Friday evening. The Lexington, Ky., native raced hard to a fifth-place finish with a time of 22.30, the second fastest time by a UK sprinter this season.
Freshman Brandon Bagley finished 10th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.19. Bagley’s time is a new career-best, breaking his previous personal-best of 51.52 from the Rod McCravy Memorial.
Sophomore Julie Nunn led a quartet of Kentucky sprinters in the 200-meter dash. Nunn recorded a new season- and personal-best time of 24.87 en route to finishing fourth. Freshman sprinter Tamyah Pipkin followed Nunn, finishing fifth with a time of 24.96 in her first 200m of the indoor season. Freshman Angelica Whaley and junior Shiara Robinson followed with ninth- and 10th-place finishes, respectively.
The field at the SPIRE Collegiate Invitational is loaded with talent, featuring 17 teams spanning the U.S., eight of which are ranked in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association top-25 poll. In addition to Kentucky, other teams in the field include Auburn, East Carolina, Florida State, George Mason, Georgetown, Guelph, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State (women’s team), Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas (men’s team), Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky and Wichita State.
The Husky Classic and SPIRE Collegiate Invitational are the final two meets of the indoor season for Kentucky before it hosts the SEC Indoor Championships on Feb. 24-26 at the Nutter Field House.
Kentucky will compete again Saturday with competition at the Husky Classic beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. Competition at the SPIRE Collegiate Invitational begins at 10:00 a.m. with a slew of field events.
A full schedule of events and list of results from Kentucky student-athletes at the Husky Classic and the SPIRE Collegiate Invitational are listed below.
For more news and information on the Kentucky track and field teams, including results from the Husky Classic and SPIRE Collegiate Invitational, follow the Wildcats on Twitter at “Kentucky Track” and go to UKathletics.com.
Dempsey Indoor – Seattle, Wash.
Feb. 10-11, 2012
Women’s 5,000-Meter Run
28. Chelsea Oswald – 16:50.65
49. Taylor Wendler – 17:25.48
Men’s 5,000-Meter Run
6. Luis Orta – 14:02.45
72. Stacey Eden – 14:56.05
Saturday’s Schedule of Events
Women’s One-Mile Run – 11:30 a.m. ET
Men’s One-Mile Run – 11:55 a.m. ET
Women’s 800-Meter Run – 2:30 p.m. ET
Men’s 800-Meter Run – 3:00 p.m. ET
Women’s 3,000-Meter Run (Invite) – 7:35 p.m. ET
Men’s 3,000-Meter Run (Invite) – 8:00 p.m. ET
SPIRE Division 1 Collegiate Invitational
SPIRE Institute – Geneva, Ohio
Feb. 10-11, 2012
9. Kayla Parker – 3,327 points
5. Kayla Parker – 8.92 (927 points)
19. Kayla Parker – 1.44m/4-08.75 (555 points)
4. Kayla Parker – 10.98m/36-00.25 (594 points)
4. Kayla Parker – 5.65m/18-06.50 (744 points)
15. Kayla Parker – 2:45.89 (507 points)
7. Daniel Buckles – 2,476 points
8. Daniel Buckles – 7.62 (675 points)
4. Daniel Buckles – 6.32m/20-09.00 (657 points)
5. Daniel Buckles – 11.35m/37-03.00 (567 points)
7. Daniel Buckles – 1.74m/5-08.50 (577 points)
Women’s 200-Meter Dash
4. Julie Nunn – 24.87
5. Tamyah Pipkin – 24.96
9. Angelica Whaley – 25.17
10. Shiara Robinson – 25.32
Men’s 200-Meter Dash
5. Brandon Nichols – 22.30
Men’s 400-Meter Dash
10. Brandon Bagley – 51.19
Saturday’s Schedule of Events
Men’s Shot Put – 10:00 a.m. ET
Women’s Pole Vault – 10:00 a.m. ET
Women’s Long Jump – 10:00 a.m. ET
Men’s Weight Throw – 10:00 a.m. ET
Men’s Long Jump – 10:00 a.m. ET
Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) – 10:45 a.m. ET
Women’s High Jump – 11:00 a.m. ET
Men’s 60-Meter Dash (Prelims) – 11:15 a.m. ET
Women’s 60-Meter Dash (Prelims) – 11:30 a.m. ET
Women’s 3,000-Meter Run – 11:55 a.m. ET
Women’s Shot Put – Noon ET
Men’s 400-Meter Dash – 12:10 p.m. ET
Women’s 400-Meter Dash – 12:30 p.m. ET
Men’s High Jump – 1:00 p.m. ET
Men’s 200-Meter Dash – 2:40 p.m. ET
Women’s 200-Meter Dash – 3:00 p.m. ET
Men’s One-Mile Run – 3:20 p.m. ET
Women’s One-Mile Run – 3:35 p.m. ET