Hillenbrand, Neal Highlight Last Chance Meets

March 3, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up their second day of last chance meets Saturday, with the teams splitting into three locations in South Bend, Ind., Birmingham, Ala., and Blacksburg, Va.

Sophomore Matt Hillenbrand and freshman Keffri Neal highlighted the day for the Wildcats at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Hillenbrand recorded a career-best time in the mile, running a 4:06.33 to finish 12th. Neal, competing in the men’s 800-meter run, finished 14th with a career-best time of 1:49.97.

Also competing in South Bend, Ind., was sophomore distance runner Allison Peare, who ran in the women’s 800m run. Peare finished 17th in the race with a time of 2:10.86, her third best time this season.

Freshman Keilah Tyson and sophomore Kayla Parker competed in Birmingham, Ala., at the Alabama High Tide Qualifier on Saturday. Tyson finished fifth in the women’s 60m dash, crossing the finish line in the finals with a time of 7.39, missing out on her career-best time and the UK freshman record, by .03 seconds.

Parker competed in the women’s 60m hurdles, finishing seventh in the finals with a time of 8.62. Parker qualified for the finals with an eighth-place time of 8.55.

In Blacksburg, Va., at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier, freshman Terence Boyd finished eighth with a mark of 14.70m/48-02.75.

The last chance meets are an opportunity for the student-athletes to have one final shot at earning a qualifying time/mark for the NCAA Championships on March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho.

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Alex Wilson Invitational
Loftus Sports Center
South Bend, Ind.

Day Two Results
Women’s 800-Meter Run
17. Allison Peare – 2:10.86

Men’s 800-Meter Run
14. Keffri Neal – 1:49.97
42. Sean Keane – 1:54.52

Men’s One-Mile Run
12. Matt Hillenbrand – 4:06.33
23. Adam Kahleifeh – 4:10.56
30. Trent Halasek – 4:13.87

Day One Results
Men’s 5,000-Meter Run
9. Luis Orta – 14:08.52
13. Walter Luttrell – 14:33.08

Alabama High Tide Qualifier
Crossplex Indoor Arena
Birmingham, Ala.

Women’s 60-Meter Dash (Prelims)
6. Keilah Tyson – 7.49q

Women’s 60-Meter Dash (Finals)
5. Keilah Tyson – 7.39

Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
8. Kayla Parker – 8.55q

Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles (Finals)
7. Kayla Parker – 8.62

Virginia Tech Final Qualfier
Rector Field House
Blacksburg, Va.

Women’s High Jump
--. Joanne Imbert – NH

Men’s Triple Jump
8. Terence Boyd – 14.70m/48-02.75