UK 4x100-Meter Relay Posts Season-Best Time at Penn Relays

By Jacob Most

April 26, 2013 -

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PHILADELPHIA and LA JOLLA, Calif. – The Kentucky 4x100-meter relay team highlighted the No. 24 UK women’s track and field team’s performance at the 119th Penn Relay Carnival for the second straight day on Friday.

Tamyah Pipkin, Morganne Phillips, Kayla Parker and Keilah Tyson combined for a time of 44.44, which was the second fastest performance in school history. The Wildcats finished fourth in Championship of America final.

Multiple Wildcats posted qualifying times for Saturday event finals in three sprint events.

Tyson and Pipkin followed up their relay performance with qualifying performances in the 100-meter dash prelims. Tyson finished third in her heat, but qualified with the fifth fastest time (11.68). Tamyah Pipkin took second in her heat, crossing the finish line in 11.74.

Keith Hayes reached the 110-meter hurdles final with a time of 14.16. He will compete in the final on Saturday at 3:20 p.m. ET.

Kayla Parker qualified for Saturday’s 3:15 p.m. 100-meter hurdles championship with a qualifying time of 13:64.

In one of Kentucky’s most exciting performances on Friday, UK’s sprint medley relay team won heat two of the timed final. Kadeem Kushimo, Ben Mason and Hayes positioned things nicely for Keffri Neal to make a run at the race victory on the final 800-meter leg. The sophomore Canadian took advantage.

Neal waited until the final 200 meters to make his move, and his tactics were right on as he pegged back five competitors to claim the heat going away in 3:21.45. UK finished 7th overall.

The UK throwers are competing at Triton Invitational on the University of California-San Diego campus this weekend.

On Friday Rebecca Famurewa threw 55.38 meters / 181'09" in the discus for 7th, and 52.9 meters / 173.07" in the hammer for 18th.

Multiple Wildcats will compete at the Miami Redhawk Invitational as well on Saturday.

At the Penn Relays UK's men’s distance medley relay team posted a significant 2013-best time of 9:39.19. Matt Hillenbrand led off with a 2:55.40 1,200-meter leg, Ben Mason produced a 48.30, 400M leg, Robbie Scharold covered 800 meters in 1:48.90, and Adam Kahleifeh anchored over 1,600 meters in 4:06.60.

The women’s 4x200-meter relay team just missed a spot in Saturday’s championship final as Danielle Sampley, Shiara Robinson, Parker and Angelica Whaley stopped the clock in 1:36.18, less than a second behind a qualifying time.

The women’s sprint medley relay squad, which was made up of Pipkin, Phillips, Whaley and Allison Peare, finished 8th with a time of 3:53.94.

Brandon Bagley, Kushimo, Mason and Hayes ran the 14th-fastest 4x100-meter relay prelim time (41.02).

Terence Boyd’s long jump of 7.07 meters / 23’2.5” (wind aided) gave him a fourth-place finish in the college men’s long jump.

The 119th Penn Relays’ main event, the “USA vs. The World” events are slated to occur on Saturday afternoon.

NBC will televise Saturday’s “USA vs. The World” events at the Penn Relays live from 12-2 p.m. CT as it will be the first stop of the 2013 USA Track & Field Championship Series. NBC Universal will also air live coverage of the meet from 2-4 p.m. CT following the “USA vs. The World” competition for four hours of live television coverage of Saturday’s action at Franklin Field.

Live streaming video coverage will be available at

This weekend marks the last time many of the Wildcats will compete before the championship season starts at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship. This year’s SEC Championships will be held at the Audrey J. Walton Track Stadium at the University of Missouri in Columbia from May 9-12.

Penn Relays Friday Results (UK Only)
Men’s 4x100-meter relay prelims
14. Kentucky: 41.02

(Kadeem Kushimo, Ben Mason, Keith Hayes)

College women’s 4x100 Championship of America
4. Kentucky: 44.44  

(Tamyah Pipkin, Morganne Phillips, Kayla Parker, Keilah Tyson)

College Women’s 4x200-meter relay prelims
9. Kentucky: 1:36.18           

(Danielle Sampley, Shiara Robinson, Kayla Parker, Angelica Whaley)

College Men’s Distance Medley Relay Championship of America
8. Kentucky:  9:39.19          

(Matt Hillenbrand (2:55.4), Ben Mason (48.3), Robbie Scharold (1:48.9), Adam Kahleifeh (4:06.6))

College Women’s 100 meters prelims
5. Keilah Tyson:  11.68q

8. Tamyah Pipkin: 11.74q

3:50 p.m. College men’s 110-meter hurdles prelims
8. Keith Hayes: 14.16q

3:50 p.m. College Men’s Long Jump
4. Terence Boyd: 7.07 meters (w) / 23’2.5”

College women’s 100-meter hurdles heats
5. Kayla Parker: 13.64q

College Women’s Sprint Medley Championship of America
8. Kentucky: 3:53.94           

(Tamyah Pipkin, Morganne Phillips, Angelica Whaley, Allison Peare)

Men’s Sprint Medley Championship of America
7. Kentucky: 3:21.45           

(Kadeem Kushimo, Ben Mason, Keith Hayes, Keffri Neal)

Triton Invitational Friday Results (UK Only)
Women's Inviatational Discus
7. Rebecca Famurewa: 55.38 meters / 181'08"

Women's Invitational Hammer Throw
18. Rebecca Famurewa: 52.91 meters / 173'07"