Kentucky Finishes Day One of Florida Relays
April 6, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s and women’s track and field teams had a busy day Friday in the opening of the 68th annual Pepsi Florida Relays at the Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Kentucky performed well in numerous events, including recording a pair of UK all-time top-10 performances.
Junior Shiara Robinson led Kentucky in the 400m hurdles with the seventh-best time in Kentucky history, clocking in with a 1:00.85. Freshman Devinn Cartwright finished 52nd with a time of 1:04.94 in the event.
Sophomore Julie Nunn ran the 10th best time in the 400m dash in program history, clocking in with a career-best 55.71. Freshman Angelica Whaley also ran a fast race, crossing the finish line with a time of 55.77, the 11th fastest in UK history.
Freshman Keilah Tyson continued her impressive rookie campaign with a seventh-place finish in the women’s 100m dash. Tyson missed out on the UK freshman record, which she set just last week, by one one-hundredth of a second, finishing at 11.53.
Sophomore Isiah Kent finished fifth in the men’s discus with a career-best mark of 50.11m/164-05. Freshman Raymond Dykstra competed in the javelin, finishing in second with a 71.43m/234-04.
In the women’s pole vault, senior Samantha Stenzel finished in a tie for eighth with a season-best mark of 3.75m/12-03.50. Sophomore Shelby Kennard tied her mark from last week’s Texas Relays, recording a 3.60m/11-09.75.
Junior Luis Orta, who won the men’s 3,000m steeplechase last week at the Texas Relays with the third fastest time in UK history, raced to a fifth-place finish in the men’s 5,000m run on Friday with a time of 14:09.47. Junior Walter Luttrell and sophomore Stacey Eden finished 23rd and 30th, respectively.
Sophomore Allison Peare finished fifth in the women’s 800m run with a time of 2:07.76, narrowly missing out on her career-best time by 0.40 seconds. Freshman Keffri Neal finished 12th in the men’s 800m with a time of 1:51.44. Sophomore Robert Scharold finished 24th with a time of 1:52.61.
The Florida Relays first began 73 years ago in 1939. Today, the meet is one of the nation’s premier track and field competitions. On Saturday, Kentucky will compete in five running events on the women’s side and two running events on the men’s side. The Wildcats will also compete in one field event on the women’s side and two field events on the men’s side.
Kentucky will open the day at 11 a.m. ET with sophomore Andrew Evans competing in the men’s discus. Also competing in field events Saturday are freshman Bradley Szypka (men’s shot put) and senior Jennifer Svoboda (women’s shot put). The men’s and women’s shot put are each scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
UK will be competing in a slew of relays Saturday, beginning at noon with the women’s 1,600m sprint medley. The Wildcat women will race in the 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay, 4x400m relay and 4,000m distance medley. The UK men will race in the 4x800m relay and 4,000m distance medley.
Live results of the Florida Relays can be accessed at DeltaTiming.com.
Kentucky did not have any student-athletes compete in Louisville, Ky., at the Bellarmine Invitational and Multi Events on Friday, but will have student-athletes competing in five events Saturday beginning with the men’s high jump at noon.
Representing the Wildcats in the high jump will be freshmen Todd Nibbs and Ryan Ratliff. At 1:30 p.m., junior Katy Achtien and sophomores Anna Bostrom and Chelsea Oswald will race in the women’s 1,500m. Freshman Jared Phillips will race 15 minutes later in the men’s 1,500m.
Ben Mason will close out the day for the Wildcats, as the junior will race in the men’s 400m and 200m dash.
For more news and information on the Kentucky men’s and women’s track and field programs, including a recap and results from the final day of the Florida Relays and Bellarmine Invitational, follow the Cats on Twitter at “KentuckyTrack” and go to UKathletics.com.
Pepsi Florida Relays
James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles
35. Kayla Parker – 14.53
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles
44. Brandon Bagley – 14.82
Women’s 400-Meter Dash
45. Julie Nunn – 55.71
48. Angelica Whaley – 55.77
Men’s Discus Throw
5. Isiah Kent – 50.11m/164-05
Men’s Javelin Throw
2. Raymond Dykstra – 71.43m/234-04
Women’s Pole Vault
T8. Samantha Stenzel – 3.75m/12-03.50
T13. Shelby Kennard – 3.60m/11-09.75
Men’s Long Jump
T13. Terence Boyd – 6.82m/22-04.50
Women’s 100-Meter Dash
7. Keilah Tyson – 11.53
43. Tamyah Pipkin – 11.98
Women’s 800-Meter Run
5. Allison Peare – 2:07.76
Men’s 800-Meter Run
12. Keffri Neal – 1:51.44
24. Robert Scharold – 1:52.61
Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles
28. Shiara Robinson – 1:00.85
52. Devinn Cartwright – 1:04.94
Women’s High Jump
-- Joanne Imbert – NH
Women’s 1,500-Meter Run
14. Allison Peare – 4:31.07
Men’s 1,500-Meter Run
14. Trent Halasek – 3:51.78
20. Josh Nadzam – 3:53.81
24. Adam Kahleifeh – 3:54.66
Women’s 5,000-Meter Run
-- Hiruni Wijayaratne – DNF
-- Megan Wright – DNF
Men’s 5,000-Meter Run
5. Luis Orta – 14:09.47
23. Walter Luttrell – 15:18.00
30. Stacey Eden – 15:26.75
Men’s Discus Throw INVITE – 11:00 a.m.
Women’s 1,600 Sprint Medley – Noon
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay – 2:20 p.m.
Men’s 4x800-Meter Relay – 3:55 p.m.
Women’s 4x200-Meter Relay – 4:10 p.m.
Women’s 4,000-Meter Distance Medley – 4:50 p.m.
Men’s Shot Put – 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Shot Put INVITE – 5:00 p.m.
Men’s 4,000-Meter Distance Medley – 5:10 p.m.
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay – 6:40 p.m.
Bellarmine Invitational and Multi Events
Owsley Frazier Stadium
Men’s High Jump – Noon
Women’s 1,500-Meter Run – 1:30 p.m.
Men’s 1,500-Meter Run – 1:45 p.m.
Men’s 400-Meter Dash – 2:15 p.m.
Men’s 200-Meter Dash – 4:30 p.m.