Harrison Opens with World-Leading Time at Florida Relays
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Kentucky track and field's Kendra Harrison opened the outdoor season with a world-leading 400-meter hurdles time for the second year in a row at the Florida Relays.
Harrison became the first - and to-date only - woman to run the 400m hurdles in fewer than 55 seconds this year.
Whereas last season Harrison began her outdoor season with a time of 56.60, on Friday she ran 54.94, which was the second sub-55 performance of her career. The reigning NCAA 400m hurdles Silver Medalist ran 54.76 to win the Southeastern Conference Championship last season.
Kenyattia Hackworth improved her SEC-leading long jump to 21-feet, 0.5 inches/6.41m (+0) to win the invitational section. Kentucky went one-two in the invitational long jump as Sha'Keela Saunders placed second with a mark of 21'/6.40m (-0.6).
Senior transfer Robert Sandlin ran 3:44.14 to win the 1,500m. That time is leads the SEC and ranks No. 3 in the NCAA at the moment, although fast 1,500m times are expected at this weekend's Stanford Invitational.
Jacklyn Howell placed fifth in the Florida Relays 100m hurdles with a time of 13.08 (+0.1), which was a personal best.
Dezerea Bryant finished as the fourth overall collegian in the 200m with a time of 23.19.
Rebecca Famurewa finished second in the discus with a mark of 175'1"/53.37m, which was a season best.
Terence Boyd placed third in the university section of the long jump with a mark of 23'11.50"/7.30m, which was an outdoor season best.
Caroline McCaslin and Katy Kunc ran the second and third fastest 3k steeplechase times in school history to finish ninth and 11th respectively with times of 10:32.98 and 10:33.29.
The afternoon session on Saturday from the Florida Relays will be broadcast on SEC Network+.
Saturday at the Florida relays will begin at 10 a.m. with the women's hammer throw, with the the sprint medley relay the first track event starting at Noon.
The Bellarmine Classic, where a select group of Wildcats were scheduled to compete this weekend, was cancelled due to flooding in Louisville.
Women 400m hurdles
1. Kendra Harrison: 54.94
5. Leah Nugent: 57.26
25. Daje Pugh: 1:00.25
1. Robert Sandlin: 3:44.14
4. Lou Styles: 3:46.26
14. Gabe Harm: 3:51.35
Women Long Jump
1. Kenyattia Hackworth: 21'0.5"/6.41m (+0.0)
2. Sha'Keela Saunders: 21'/6.40m (-0.6)
2. Rebecca Famurewa: 175'1"/53.37m
10. Adriana Brown: 155'7"/47.43m
Women's 3k Steeplechase
9. Caroline McCaslin: 10:32.98
11. Katy Kunc: 10:33.29
5. Jacklyn Howell: 13.08 (+0.1)
44. Daje Pugh: 14.11 (-0.7)
38. Ini-Oluwa Oye: 10.70 (-0.1)
12. Nick Anderson: 13.72 (+1.5)
21. Javianne Oliver: 11.65 (-1.3)
23. Dominique Booker: 11.67 (-0.3)
16. Morganne Phillips: 53.26
21. Angelica Whaley: 53.59
28. Jasmine Mitchell: 53.84
55. Michelle McKinney: 2:17.35
18. Keffri Neal: 1:49.12
9. Dezerea Bryant: 23.19 (+0.1)
20. Dominique Booker: 23.60 (+1.6)
19. Javianne Oliver: 23.96 (+0)
Men 400m hurdles
46. Naija Omari: 54.85
Women's Long Jump (University)
19. Kaitlyn Taylor: 18'2.25"/5.54m (+0.4)
Women's 4x400m Relay (University prelims)
3. Kentucky "B": 3:38.51q
Men 4x400m Relay (University Prelims)
17. Kentucky (Omari, Oye, Anderson, Dorsey): 3:13.57