UK Wins SMR, Sets 4x1 School Record to Conclude Florida Relays

By Jacob Most
April 5, 2014 -

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.  - Saturday was a day for relays at Florida's namesake meet, and Kentucky shined in those events as the Wildcats' women's team won the sprint medley relay and broke the school records in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays at Percy Beard Track.

The sprint medley relay started the running events for Kentucky, and the team of Keilah Tyson (200m), Dominique Booker (200m), Angelica Whaley (400m) and Allison Peare (800m) won easily with a time of 3:43.20.

The win was the fourth by a UK athlete/relay team over the course of the Florida Relays.

Two hours later the Wildcats ran the fastest women's 4x100m relay in school history. The record-breaking lineup was composed of Booker, Dezerea Bryant, Kayla Parker and Keilah Tyson as they ran 43.65 to finish as the runner-up collegiate team.

The time ranks No. 3 in the NCAA this season behind Florida's collegiate-leading 43.41 - run in the same race - and Texas, which ran 43.64 last weekend on its home track at the Texas Relays.

Keilah Tyson ran the anchor leg of UK's school-record 4x100m relay team. (Photo by Jacob Most)

Four school records fell this weekend as Kendra Harrison and Dezerea Bryant broke the 400m hurdles and 200m marks respectively on Saturday and the duo made up the first two legs of UK's school-record 4x400m relay.

Additionally, two school freshman records were broken on Friday at the Florida Relays.

The Wildcats concluded the meet in strong fashion as Harrison, Bryant, Sha'Keela Saunders and Angelica Whaley broke the one-week-old school record with a time of 3:31.19 to place third.

The time ranks fourth nationally, not accounting for other meets around the country going on Saturday.

Kendra Harrison ran the leadoff leg of UK's school record 4x400m relay. (Photo by Jacob Most)

Andrew Evans
finished as the men's invitational discus runner-up, with a season-best mark 59.68m/195-10. The mark ranks Evans eighth nationally and third in the Southeastern Conference.

Charles Moushey placed fourth in the pole vault with an outdoor best clearance 5.10m/16-08.75. Michael Jensen was 14th with a PR-tying clearance 4.95m/16-02.75.

Rebecca Famurewa placed eighth in the Florida Relays Invitational Hammer Throw with a PR mark 57.15m/187-0.5. Her mark currently ranks sixth in the SEC, and No. 5 all-time amongst Wildcats.

Famurewa finished 11th in the invitational shot put with an outdoor season-best mark of 14.19m/46-06.75.

Isiah Kent finished 10th in the men's university division shot put with a mark of 15.57m/51- 0.9. He placed 10th in the discus with a throw that went 51.55m/169-01.

Brandi Walker placed 23rd in the hammer throw with a mark of 45.87m/150-06.

At the Bellarmine Invitational in Louisville, Jade Walker finished fourth in the javelin with a mark of 33.19m/108-11.

Five Wildcats (Sean Willard, Gabe Harm, Raine Wireman, Cole Oliver and Michael Iacofano) competed in the Bellarmine Invitational 1,500m on Saturday and Willard was the top UK finisher with a time of 4:00.83.

Dylan Rich finished 16th in the Bellarmine 800m on Saturday with a time of 1:59.77, Jordan Gibbs-Francis ran 2:00.48