DAY 2: SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

May 15, 2010

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., -The Kentucky track and field team completes the second day of SEC Outdoor Championship competition with the women’s team in second place overall and five athletes winning championship medals.

The Tom Black Track on the second day of the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships may have seen a lighting delay and rain soaked track but the Kentucky men and women still managed to advance two athletes to the finals, place five on the podium along with breaking a varsity school record.

After day two of championship competition the Kentucky women are in second place with a total of 26 points only behind first place Georgia and their 29 points.

The multi-event women, Precious Nwokey and Ashley Newby finished the remaining three of the seven pentathlon events today.

Nwokey engraved a new mark in the Kentucky record books as she set a new school record in the heptathlon. Nwokey passes veteran Ashley Trimble’s heptathlon record of 5,530 points with 5,543. Earning third-place overall, Nwokey’s top performances were in the 100m hurdles, high jump, 200m dash and 800m run all in which she claimed second place.  

After setting a new personal record for herself yesterday in the high jump, Ashley Newby scored a total of 4,446 points finishing 13th overall.

The women’s hammer throwers were the first to reach point contention for the Cats, having all three competitors place in Friday’s first event of the day. Coach Doug Reynolds says this is the way the team likes to begin the meet.

“Our girls made adjustments and did a great job as we always want to start big by putting as many points on the board as we can,” Coach Reynolds says. “Seeing our team in the lead after the first event and having the most points of any team in the hammer is always a good start.”

Senior Kristin Smith, currently ranks fourth in the nation in the event and finished highest on the team with a second place performance. Taking second with a throw of 61.81m (202 feet, 9 inches), Smith contributed eight points to the overall women’s team score.

Fellow senior Ashley Muffet finished right behind Smith in third place, while setting a new personal record on her second to last throw of the day. Tossing the weight 58.11m (190 feet, 8 inches), Muffet now sits at third place in the all time Kentucky school record books

Heather Smith made her own contributions to the scoreboard with her furthest toss landing at 53.23m (174 feet, 8 inches). This attempt earned her seventh place on the podium and two points for the Kentucky women.

Senior sprinter Rondel Sorrillo blazed the track in a preliminary race securing his spot in the 200m dash finals set to take place on Sunday. Sorrillo’s time of 20.54 stands as the fastest prelim time of the meet and his fastest time of the 2010 outdoor season.

Junior Sharif Webb locked in his spot for Sunday’s 800m run final. Webb had the fifth-top qualifying time with a 1:48.55. He is currently ranked eighth nationally.

Katherine Peterson ran in the final women’s event of the day with the 10,000m run. Running a time 36:15.86, Peterson finished in fifth place, adding four points to the team total.

The Cats return to the stage tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. when Ke'Undra Bishop and Precious Nwokey compete in the women’s long jump and David Banks and Steve Crouse in the men’s.

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SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships (May 13-16), Knoxville, Tenn.


Friday, May 14, 2010


Women’s Hammer Throw- 10 a.m. ET

2. Kristin Smith- 202-09/61.81m

3. Ashley Muffet- 190-08/58.11m

7. Heather Smith- 174-08/53.23m


Women’s Heptathlon- 5 p.m. ET (Total Points)

3. Precious Nwokey- 5,543

13. Ashley Newby- 4,446


Heptathlon Long Jump

4. Precious Nwokey- 19-04.25/5.90m (1.3), 819

15. Ashley Newby- 16-06.00/5.03m (1.6), 567


Heptathlon Javelin

12. Precious Nwokey- 84-10/25.86m, 398

13. Ashley Newby- 78-04/23.89m, 361


Heptathlon 800m Run

2. Precious Nwokey- 2:14.87, 895

13. Ashley Newby- 2:46.41, 502


Men’s 800m Prelims- 7:15 p.m. ET

5. Sharif Webb- 1:48.55Q

23. Trent Halasek- 2:04.70


Men’s 200m Prelims- 8:50 p.m. ET

1. Rondel Sorrillo- 20.54Q (-0.1)

24. Sean Lange- 21.82 (0.1)

26. Alex Williams- 22.21 (-0.3)


Men’s 400m Hurdles- 9:35 p.m. ET

11. Will Ruck- 55.66


Women’s 10,000m Finals- 9:50 p.m. ET

5. Katherine Peterson- 36:15.86

11. Cally Maccumber- 37:54.56


Men’s 10,000m Finals- 10:40 p.m. ET

Colin Heenan- DNF


Women’s Team Standings

1. Georgia- 29

2. Kentucky- 26

3. Auburn- 13

3. Alabama- 13

5. Arkansas- 10

6. Mississippi State- 8

7. LSU- 6

8. Florida- 5

8. Vanderbilt- 5

10. Mississippi- 2