Dykstra Finishes Second in Men's Javelin

May 13, 2012

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BATON ROUGE, La. – After waiting three full days to compete in his first-ever Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships meet, freshman thrower Raymond Dykstra was chomping at the bit to get things underway in his event, the javelin. He made it count when he finally got his chance Sunday, finishing second in the javelin and earning the Kentucky men’s team eight points.

Competing on a gorgeous day at Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., Dykstra competed very well in the men’s javelin, finishing second overall with a mark of 241-07/73.64m. Dykstra, the UK freshman- and all-time record holder in the event, recorded his best throw on his first attempt. The rookie from Grimsby, Ontario, earned eight points for the Wildcats with his second-place finish and says there’s an even greater incentive now to go out next year and see if he can improve upon his throw.

“It means a lot,” said Dykstra about earning the men’s team eight team points. “It would have meant a little bit more if I would have been able to pull that last (throw) off, but right now I’m pretty happy with my result. Throwing 73 (meters), you can’t not be happy about that. So, I’m pretty happy with my result and there’s more umpf to go out there next year.”

The Kentucky men got six points in the 5,000-meter finals. Junior Luis Orta led UK with a fifth-place finish behind a time of 14:23.47 to earn the Cats four points, while fellow junior Walter Luttrell followed Orta with a seventh-place finish, running a time of 14:34.88 to earn two points.

Orta was Kentucky’s leading point-earner in the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The 2012 SEC Men’s Indoor Runner of the Year earned eight points for UK after finishing second in the 3,000m steeplechase on Saturday, and four points in the 5,000m run Sunday.

Luttrell also had a very good SEC Outdoor Championships meet, earning UK seven points total. Luttrell earned five points Friday with a fourth-place finish in the 10K, and earned two more points with his seventh-place finish in the 5K on Sunday.

The UK men’s team got five more points in the 1,500-meter finals. The Wildcats sent three runners into the finals after sophomore Matt Hillenbrand, senior Josh Nadzam and sophomore Adam Kahleifeh finished first, fifth and ninth, respectively, in the preliminaries Saturday. Hillenbrand and Nadzam ran near the front of the pack for much of the race Sunday before a trio of Arkansas runners broke away to sweep the top-three positions. Hillenbrand led Kentucky with a fifth-place finish (3:53.78), adding four points to the team total, and Nadzam finished eighth (3:54.18) to earn one point for the team. Kahleifeh finished just behind Nadzam in ninth (3:55.36).

Sophomore Allison Peare followed up her career-best time in the preliminaries of the 800m, with the second-fastest time in her career in the finals on Sunday. Peare finished seventh in the finals with a time of 2:06.88 to earn the UK women’s team two points. Peare ran 2:06.03 in the preliminary round, which is the fifth-fastest 800m time in UK history.

The Kentucky women’s team earned four points from their two relay teams. In the 4x400m relays, Kentucky finished sixth with a time of 3:38.77, earning three points. Kentucky was led in that race by sophomore Julie Nunn, junior Shiara Robinson, freshman Devinn Cartwright and freshman Angelica Whaley.

Kentucky’s women’s 4x100m relay team earned one point. UK’s young quartet of freshmen Tamyah Pipkin and Keilah Tyson and sophomores Nunn and Kayla Parker clocked a time of 45.62 to finish eighth in the race.

Individually, Tyson finished ninth in the women’s 100m dash finals with a time of 11.52. Tyson, the lone freshman in the finals, qualified for the finals by recording a career-best time of 11.47 in the preliminaries. Tyson’s time in that race was aided by a wind of 2.8 meters per second, thus why it will not count in the Kentucky record book. On Sunday, the Norfolk, Va., native just barely missed out on finishing in the top eight by 0.01 seconds. Tyson exits the SEC Championships as the top freshman finisher in both the women’s 100m and 200m.

Senior thrower Jennifer Svoboda just missed out on earning points for the women’s team with a ninth-place finish in the discus. Svoboda had her best throw, 151-04/46.13m, come on her second attempt. Svoboda was just two inches shy of eighth.

The discus was Svoboda’s second event of the championships. The Howells, Neb., native finished fifth in the women’s shot put Saturday with a mark of 49-01.75/14.98m.

The SEC Championships marked the pinnacle of all conference championship meets. A dozen SEC teams were featured in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association top-25 poll entering this weekend’s meet, including seven from the men’s side and five on the women’s side. The seven ranked men’s teams are the most in the country, and include five of the top 11 teams. Among the five ranked teams on the women’s side, two are ranked in the top five.

A complete list of results from Kentucky’s student-athletes is below, including team results and Kentucky’s point earners.

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2012 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Bernie Moore Stadium – Baton Rouge, La.
May 10-13, 2012

Women’s Team Standings (Final Results) – 21 Events Scored
1. LSU – 161.50 points
2. Florida – 138 points
3. Arkansas – 111.50 points
4. Georgia – 108 points
5. Tennessee – 97 points
6. Auburn – 41.50 points
7. Mississippi – 38.50 points
8. Alabama – 36 points
9. South Carolina – 35 points
10. Mississippi State – 28 points
11. Vanderbilt – 13.50 points
12. Kentucky – 10.50 points

Men’s Team Standings (Final Results) – 21 Events Scored
1. Arkansas – 196 points
2. LSU – 118 points
3. Georgia – 109 points
4. Florida – 93 points
5. Mississippi State – 61 points
6. Mississippi – 60 points
7. Auburn – 58 points
8. Kentucky – 43 points
9. South Carolina – 33 points
10. Tennessee – 30 points
11. Alabama – 17 points

Kentucky Women’s Point Scorers
Jennifer Svoboda – 4 points (5th – Shot put)
4x400-Meter Relay Team (Nunn, Robinson, Cartwright, Whaley) – 3 points (6th – 4x400-meter relay)
Allison Peare – 2 points (7th – 800-meter run)
4x100-Meter Relay Team (Pipkin, Tyson, Nunn, Parker) – 1 point (8th – 4x100-meter relay)
Terri-Ann Grant – 0.5 points (T8 – High jump)

Kentucky Men’s Point Scorers
Luis Orta – 12 points (2nd – 3,000-meter steeplechase; 5th – 5,000-meter run)
Andrew Evans – 10 points (1st – Discus throw)
Raymond Dykstra – 8 points (2nd – Javelin)
Walter Luttrell – 7 points (4th – 10,000-meter run; 7th – 5,000-meter run)
Matt Hillenbrand – 4 points (5th – 1,500-meter run)
Isiah Kent – 1 point (8th – Discus throw)
Josh Nadzam – 1 point (8th – 1,500-meter run)

Friday’s Individual Results
Women’s 800-Meter (Prelims)
7. Allison Peare – 2:06:03q

Men’s 800-Meter (Prelims)
11. Trent Halasek – 1:51.45
16. Keffri Neal – 1:52.66
17. Matt Hillenbrand – 1:52.68
18. Robert Scharold – 1:52.97

Women’s 200-Meter (Prelims)
11. Keilah Tyson – 23.97
19. Tamyah Pipkin – 24.53
22. Julie Nunn – 25.10

Men’s 200-Meter (Prelims)
22. Ben Mason – 21.97

Men’s Hammer Throw (Prelims & Finals)
9. Andrew Evans – 176-04/53.76m

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
15. Shiara Robinson – 1:01.95
18. Devinn Cartwright – 1:03.19

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
15. Brandon Bagley – 53.71

Men’s 10,000-Meter (Finals)
4. Walter Luttrell – 30:08.86
21. Stacey Eden – 33:35.41

Saturday’s Individual Results
Women’s Long Jump (Prelims & Finals)
13. Kayla Parker – 19-06.75/5.96m

Men’s Long Jump (Prelims & Finals)
12. Terence Boyd – 23-05.50/7.15m

Women’s Shot Put (Prelims & Finals)
5. Jennifer Svoboda – 49-01.75/14.98m

Women’s 1,500-Meter (Prelims)
23. Megan Wright – 4:36.23
25. Hiruni Wijayaratne – 4:37.53
27. Allison Peare – 4:37.74
30. Megan Broderick – 4:39.84
32. Katy Achtien – 4:45.25

Men’s 1,500-Meter (Prelims)
1. Matt Hillenbrand – 3:49.36Q
5. Josh Nadzam – 3:49.66Q
9. Adam Kahleifeh – 3:50.34q
13. Keffri Neal – 3:55.78
14. Trent Halasek – 3:56.62
21. Robert Scharold – 4:07.22

Women’s Pole Vault (Finals)
10. Samantha Stenzel – 12-04.50/3.77m
T11. Shelby Kennard – 12-04.50/3.77m

Men’s Discus (Prelims & Finals)
1. Andrew Evans – 181.09/55.40m
8. Isiah Kent – 165-11/50.57m

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
13. Kayla Parker – 13.82

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
Brandon Bagley – DNF

Women’s High Jump (Finals)
T8. Terri-Ann Grant – 5-07.75/1.72m
T15. Joanne Imbert – 5-05.75/1.67m

Women’s 400-Meter (Prelims)
20. Angelica Whaley – 55.29
30. Julie Nunn – 56.49

Women’s 100-Meter (Prelims)
6. Keilah Tyson – 11.47Q
13. Tamyah Pipkin – 11.72

Men’s 100-Meter (Prelims)
24. Ben Mason – 11.02

Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Finals)
2. Luis Orta – 8:45.77

Sunday’s Individual Results
Men’s Javelin (Prelims & Finals)
2. Raymond Dykstra – 241-07/73.64m

Men’s Triple Jump (Finals)
12. Terence Boyd – 47-11.75/14.62m

Men’s Shot Put (Prelims & Finals)
Isiah Kent – Foul
Bradley Szypka – Foul

Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay (Finals)
8. Kentucky – 45.62
(Tamyah Pipkin, Keilah Tyson, Julie Nunn, Kayla Parker)

Men’s 1,500-Meter (Finals)
5. Matt Hillenbrand – 3:53.78
8. Josh Nadzam – 3:54.18
9. Adam Kahleifeh – 3:55.36

Women’s Discus (Prelims & Finals)
9. Jennifer Svoboda – 151-04/46.13m

Women’s 100-Meter (Finals)
9. Keilah Tyson – 11.52

Women’s 800-Meter (Finals)
7. Allison Peare – 2:06.88

Women’s 5,000-Meter (Finals)
24. Hiruni Wijayaratne – 17:45.96

Men’s 5,000-Meter (Finals)
5. Luis Orta – 14:23.47
7. Walter Luttrell – 14:34.88
22. Stacey Eden – 15:18.32

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay (Finals)
6. Kentucky – 3:38.77
(Julie Nunn, Shiara Robinson, Devinn Cartwright, Angelica Whaley)