Evans Wins Men's Discus Championship at Penn Relays

April 27, 2012

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Led by a first-place performance in the men’s discus championship by sophomore Andrew Evans, the Kentucky men’s and women’s track and field teams had a great day Friday at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Evans won the men’s discus championship with a throw of 185-06/56.56m. Evans has led the Wildcats all season in the discus, with his career-best throw – and the seventh-best throw in UK history – coming at the Texas Relays earlier this season (188-10). Evans won Friday’s discus by six inches.

Freshman sprinter Keilah Tyson also had a great day, winning the third heat of the women’s 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a blazing 11.57. Tyson’s time was just 0.05 seconds behind her career-best, which is also the fastest 100m dash by a freshman in Kentucky history. Tyson’s time was the fourth fastest overall at the meet, and qualifies her for Saturday’s College Women’s 100m Dash Championship. That race will start at 3:35 p.m. ET.

After finishing 11th in the 4x100m relay on Thursday with a time of 45.86, the Wildcat quartet of Tamyah Pipkin, Tyson, Julie Nunn and Kayla Parker raced again Friday in the event, coming in first-place with a time of 45.34. The time is just 0.07 seconds behind the UK season-best 4x100m time.

Kentucky, led by Nunn, Shiara Robinson, Pipkin and Tyson, finished eighth in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:36.37. By finishing in the top eight, the Wildcats have qualified for Saturday’s 4x200m Relay Championship of America race at 2:25 p.m.

Freshman Bradley Szypka narrowly missed out on his season-best mark in the men’s shot put, finishing 10th with a throw of 54-05.50/16.60m. Sophomore Isiah Kent threw his best mark in the shot put this season, eclipsing his previous best mark by a quarter of an inch with a 12th-place throw of 51-04.50.

Freshman Terence Boyd finished seventh in the men’s long jump with a mark of 23-06.25/7.17m.

The first Penn Relays was held April 21, 1895. Today, the meet is the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country and has had more athletes run at it than at any single meet in the world.

Boyd and fellow freshman Raymond Dykstra will close out the Penn Relays Saturday with the men’s triple jump and men’s javelin, respectively. Boyd will compete at 9:00 a.m., and Dykstra will throw at 11:00 a.m. As previously mentioned, Tyson will also compete Saturday in the championship of the women’s 100m dash ,the Wildcats will race in the championship of the 4x200m relay and Kentucky’s 4x400m relay team is an alternate for that event’s championship.

Senior Trent Halasek will also compete Saturday, but he will be in Berkeley, Calif., at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Halasek will compete in the Don Bowden mile race.

On Sunday at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., Kentucky will compete in the men’s and women’s 800m and 1,500m runs, as well as the men’s 3,000m steeplechase and men’s 5,000m run. Sophomore Allison Peare will race in the women’s 800m, and Halasek, freshman Keffri Neal and sophomore Robert Scharold will race in the men’s 800m. Sophomores Matt Hillenbrand and Adam Kahleifeh, and senior Josh Nadzam will run in the men’s 1,500m. Junior Megan Wright will go in the women’s 1,500m. Junior Luis Orta, the 2012 SEC Men’s Indoor Runner of the Year, will compete in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase and fellow junior Walter Luttrell will run in the men’s 5,000m.

A complete tentative schedule of when and where Kentucky’s track and field student-athletes will compete is listed below. All event times and student-athletes competing in those events are subject to change. Times listed are eastern.

Live video of the Penn Relays can be accessed at ThePennRelays.com. Live results of the Brutus Hamilton Invitational can be found at UKathletics.com.

This week’s action is Kentucky’s final week of competition before the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held this year at the home of LSU in Baton Rouge, La., from May 10-13.

For more Kentucky track and field news and information, including recaps and results each day, follow the Cats on Twitter at “KentuckyTrack” and go to UKathletics.com.

Penn Relays
Franklin Field
Philadelphia, Pa.

Thursday’s Results
Women’s 400m Hurdles Championship
44. Devinn Cartwright – 1:03.41

Women’s High Jump College
T18. Joanne Imbert – 5-03.00/1.60m

Women’s Pole Vault College
T4. Samantha Stenzel – 11-11.75/3.65m
T19. Shelby Kennard – 11-05.75/3.50m

Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay Heats
11. Kentucky – 45.86
(Tamyah Pipkin, Keilah Tyson, Julie Nunn and Kayla Parker)

Women’s Shot Put Championship
5. Jennifer Svoboda – 50-10.00/15.49m

Women’s Long Jump College
23. Kayla Parker – 18-04.50/5.60m

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay Heats
21. Kentucky – 3:42.97

Friday’s Results
Men’s Shot Put College
10. Bradley Szypka – 54-05.50/16.60m
12. Isiah Kent – 51-04.50/15.66m

Women’s 4x100-Meter College
1. Kentucky – 45.34
(Tamyah Pipkin, Keilah Tyson, Julie Nunn and Kayla Parker)

Men’s Discus Throw Championship
1. Andrew Evans – 185-06/56.56m

Women’s High Jump Championship
T7. Terri-Ann Grant – 5-09.25/1.76m

Women’s 4x200-Meter Relay Heats
8. Kentucky – 1:36.37
(Julie Nunn, Shiara Robinson, Tamyah Pipkin, Keilah Tyson)

Men’s Discus Throw College
14. Isiah Kent – 159-06/48.64m

Women’s 100-Meter Dash Heats
4. Keilah Tyson – 11.57

Men’s Long Jump College
7. Terence Boyd – 23-06.25/7.17m

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles Heats
28. Kayla Parker – 14.43

Saturday’s Lineup
Men’s Triple Jump College – 9:00 a.m.
Terence Boyd

Men’s Javelin Throw Championship – 11:00 a.m.
Raymond Dykstra

Women’s 4x200-Meter Relay Championship of America – 2:25 p.m.

Women’s 100-Meter Dash Championship – 3:35 p.m.
Keilah Tyson

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay College – 5:35 p.m.
Kentucky – (Alternate)
Brutus Hamilton Invitational
Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field
Berkeley, Calif.

Saturday’s Lineup
Men’s One-Mile Run – 6:20 p.m.
Trent Halasek
Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational
Stanford University
Palo Alto, Calif.

Sunday’s Lineup
Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase – 7:04 p.m.
Luis Orta

Women’s 1,500-Meter Run – 7:17 p.m.
Megan Wright

Men’s 1,500-Meter Run – 7:35 p.m.
Matt Hillenbrand
Adam Kahleifeh
Josh Nadzam

Women’s 800-Meter Run – 7:48 p.m.
Allison Peare

Men’s 800-Meter Run – 8:05 p.m.
Trent Halasek
Keffri Neal
Robert Scharold

Men’s 5,000-Meter Run – 8:58 p.m.
Walter Luttrell