Michelle Canterna Sets UK Pole Vault Record

By Jacob Most

April 27, 2013 -

Penn Relays Meet Central (Photos)
Triton Invitational Meet Central
Miami RedHawk Invitational Meet Central

PHILADELPHIA and LA JOLLA, Calif. and OXFORD, Ohio – For the second straight week the No. 24 Kentucky women’s track & field team’s Michelle Canterna raised the bar, literally, when it comes to the UK pole vault record.

A week ago Canterna cleared 3.87 meters / 12 feet 8.25 inches at Kentucky’s first home meet since 1996, and she surpassed that height while competing at the Miami Redhawk Invitational on Saturday.

Canterna cleared as high as 3.96 meters / 12’11.75” giving her the all-conditions UK record and the event title. Her mark last week set a then-the school outdoor record.

"Michelle's mark is another big step for our program as we continue to build UK track and field," head coach Edrick Floreal said.

UK Wraps Up 119th Penn Relays

Wildcat competitors also posted multiple impressive performances at the 119th Penn Relay Carnival in front of 48,871 fans at historic Franklin Field.

“The Penn Relays is a big time competition in front of big time crowds,” Floreal said. “We handled the pressure of the crowds and the competitive field well. I am very proud of our team.”

A three day total of 111,284 fans watched the Kentucky Wildcats compete at the 2013 Penn Relays alongside some of the top competitors from every level of track and field.

The Kentucky 4x100-meter relay team of Brandon Bagley, Kadeem Kushimo, Ben Mason and Keith Hayes got UK off to a strong start to the day with a season best-tying time 40.94.

With the action shifting to individual events in the mid-afternoon, Wildcats rattled off three straight significant performances.

Kayla Parker placed fourth in the college 100-meter hurdles championship with a wind legal collegiate best time 13.29.

In the next race on the track Keith Hayes also finished fourth with a time of 13.99 in the 110-meter hurdles college championship.

Moments later Tamyah Pipkin also posted a wind-legal collegiate best 100 meters time 11.70 in the championship race to place fifth as determined by photo (the fourth-place finisher also ran 11.70).

In the college men’s 4x800-meter relay Championship of America Robert Scharold, Matt Hillenbrand, Sean Keane and Keffri Neal combined to run 7:22.53 for a sixth place finish.

Kentucky’s 4x400-meter relay squad of Angelica Whaley, Shiara Robinson, Pipkin and Morganne Phillips ran a 2013 best time 3:38.68 in the college division.

Terence Boyd placed 14th in the college triple jump with a top mark of 13.96 meters / 45’9.75”.

UK's women's distance medley relay team finished secon in the Championship of America race on Thursday.

This year's Penn Relays hosted some of the top collegiate teams in the nation, multiple 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists in Saturday's USA vs. The World Competition as well as high school races, special olympics competitons and masters races featuring competiors more than 75-years old.

Wildcats Produce Big Throws at Triton Invitational

Andrew Evans tossed a personal best discus throw 60.12 meters / 197’03” which further solidified his position as the No. 5 Wildcat in the event all-time. Evans placed ninth.

Bradley Szypka also produced a PR throw 18.15 meters / 59’06.75” to place seventh. Isiah Kent threw the 10th furthest shot in the Triton Invitational competition 16.85 meters / 55’03.5”.

Raymond Dykstra placed third in the javelin with a top throw 67.16 meters / 220’04”.

Langston Newton finished 12th in the shot put open flight with a throw of 14.72 meters / 48’03.50”.

Rebecca Famurewa wrapped up her third event of the weekend after traveling to the West Coast with a shot put throw of 13.94 meters / 45’09.00” for 14th.

Multiple Season-Bests at Miami RedHawk Invitational

While Canterna’s pole vault stole the show for UK at the RedHawk Invitational, multiple Wildcats also posted season-bests in Oxford, Ohio.

Kevin Bonfield ran a personal 2013-best 1,500-meter time of 4:03.40 for a third place finish.

Daniel Buckles recorded a collegiate-best javelin throw of 46.86 meters / 153’9”. Buckles also placed 14th in the discus with a top throw of 32.37 meters / 106’ 2”.

Miles Kilgore ran 1:56.87 for sixth-place in the 800 meters. Ryan Ratliff had a top clearance of 1.95 meters / 6’4.75”.

Shelby Kennard placed ninth in the pole vault, clearing 3.41 meters / 11’2.25”.

Christina Heilman ran a 200-meter time of 27.06 to finish ninth. She placed 14th in the 100 meters, and 12th in the long jump. Patrice Farquaharson placed 10th in the 100-meter hurdles and 15th in the 200 meters.

This weekend marked 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)
College Men’s 4x100-meter relay College
6. Kentucky: 40.94 – ties season-best—

(Brandon Bagley, Kadeem Kushimo, Ben Mason, Keith Hayes)

College Women’s 100-meter hurdles championship
4. Kayla Parker: 13.29 – wind legal collegiate best –

College Men’s 110-meter hurdles championship
4. Keith Hayes: 13.99

College women’s 100-meter dash Championship

5. Tamyah Pipkin: 11.70 – wind legal collegiate best –

College Men’s 4x800 Championship of America
6. Kentucky: 7:22.53           

(Robbie Scharold, Matt Hillenbrand, Sean Keane, Keffri Neal)

College Women’s 4x400-meter relay
4. Kentucky: 3:38.68           

(Angelica Whaley, Shiara Robinson, Tamyah Pipkin, Morganne Phillips)

Men’s Triple Jump College
14. Terence Boyd: 13.96 meters / 45'9.75”

Triton Invitational
Women Shot Put Invitational

14. Rebecca Famurewa: 13.94 meters  / 45’09.00”

Men Shot Put Invitational
7. Bradley Szypka: 18.15 meters / 59’06.75” – PR --
10. Isiah Kent: 16.85 meters / 55’03.50”

Men’s Shot Put Open
12. Langston Newton: 14.72 meters / 48’03.50”

Men Discus Throw Invitational
9. Andrew Evans: 60.12 meters / 197’03” – collegiate best –

Men Javelin Throw Invitational

3. Raymond Dykstra: 67.16 meters / 220’04”

Miami RedHawk Invitational
Women Pole Vault

1. Michelle Canterna: 3.96 meters /12’11.75” – School-record (indoor/outdoor)—
9. Shelby Kennard: 3.41 meters / 11’ 2.25”

Women 200 Meters
9. Christina Heilman: 27.06
15. Patrice Farquharson: 28.22
16. Michelle Canterna: 28.26

Women 100-meter hurdles
10. Patrice Farquharson: 15.43 (wind 2.4)

14. Christina Heilman: 15.85 (wind 2.4)

Women Long Jump
12. Christina Heilman: 4.63 meters / 15’2.25”

Men 800 Meters
6. Miles Kilgore: 1:56.87

Men 1,500 meters
5. Kevin Bonfield: 4:03.40 – season best –

Men High Jump
3. Ryan Ratliff: 1.95 meters / 6’ 4.75”

Men Discus
14. Daniel Buckles: 32.37 meters / 106’ 2”

Men Javelin
6. Daniel Buckles: 46.86 meters / 153’ 9” – Collegiate-best –