UK Throws Squad Posts 11 Regional-Qualifying Marks at Auburn
April 4, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. and GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Seven throwers from the University of Kentucky track and field team posted 11 NCAA regional-qualifying marks in the shot put and discus competitions at Auburn's Tiger Track Classic on Saturday. Meanwhile at the Florida Relays, freshman sprinter Justin Austin capped off a spectacular day with three qualifying marks on the day.
At Auburn, four Wildcat seniors notched two marks each in both throwing events. Veteran throwers Chase Madison, Rashaud Scott, Ashley Muffet and Emilee Strot collected multiple NCAA marks in the Classic.
Madison won the men's discus with his first throw of the day, measuring 188-10. Scott placed second with a throw of 187-11 on his third attempt. Sophomore Colin Boevers added another NCAA mark to the Wildcats' haul, throwing a distance of 176-5 on his final attempt to place fourth overall.
In the men's shot put, Madison threw a personal-best mark of 59-9.50 to place third overall and collect his second NCAA mark. His throw moves him into seventh all-time at UK. Scott finished seventh overall, with a qualifying mark of 56-3.25 feet away from the ring.
Muffet placed second in the women's shot put with a regional-qualifying mark of 50-4.75 on her second throw. Sophomore Mary Angell posted her NCAA mark of 48-2.50 on her third attempt from the ring. Angell's throw is her best outdoors at UK and ranks seventh all-time in school history. Sophomore Jennifer Svoboda finished next in sixth with a regional mark of 47-10.50 on her second attempt. Strot's qualifying mark was made in her final attempt, measuring 47-5 to earn eighth place.
Strot later placed second in the women's discus, throwing 167-7 on her second attempt for a regional-qualifying mark. Muffet posted her second NCAA mark of the day in the discus, throwing 166-10 on her second try to place third overall. Angell placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 149-6.
Muffet finished the weekend with three NCAA marks after collecting one Friday night for her women's hammer throw title. Junior Kristin Smith also earned an NCAA mark in the hammer to give the throws squad 13 regional-qualifying marks across just six events at the Tiger Track Classic.
The rest of the UK track and field team competed at the Florida Relays Saturday. UK freshman sprinter Justin Austin achieved three regional-qualifying marks in the men's 200m dash and as a member of two relay squads.
Austin placed seventh overall during his Wildcat outdoor debut in the 200m dash, clocking in a 20.99. His first outdoor time in the event ranks ninth all-time at UK and earns him an NCAA mark.
The men's 4x100m relay squad took home another NCAA mark by placing fifth overall, crossing the finish in 40.03. The team consisted of freshman Alex Williams, Brandon Austin, Justin Austin and Acevedo.
Several other Cats posted top-10 finishes on the track Saturday.
Two more Wildcat relay squads ran the men's 4x800m relay. Freshman Trent Halasek, sophomore Matt Frawley, senior Stephan Smith and sophomore Ben Miller turned in a time of 7:34.91 to place fourth overall. Another UK squad finished in ninth place at 7:59.65, that team consisted of junior William Rover, sophomore Matt Wagner, freshman Luis Orta and sophomore Adam Henken.
Men's distance specialist Bruce Hordusky placed third overall in the men's 5,000m run. The senior crossed the finish line in 14:53.40.
In the men's triple jump, sophomore David Banks finished ninth overall with a jump of 47-6.50 on his final attempt.
Classmate Ke'Undra Bishop placed sixth in the women's triple jump with a leap of 40-0.75 on her fifth attempt.
The UK men hold the No. 6 position in the outdoor preseason United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll released Wednesday - the highest ranking in program history.
The Wildcats will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., next weekend to compete at the University of Tennessee's Sea Ray Relays.
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