Track Cats Fare Well at SEC Quad Meet

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    (Jan. 20, 2001) -- Against three of the strongest track and field programs in the nation, the University of Kentucky finished strong with sixfirst-place finishes, six seconds and five thirds in a Southeastern Conference Quad Meet hosted by UK at the Nutter Field House onSaturday, January 20.

    Leading the way for the Cats again were freshman Jeff Chakouian and sophomore Simidele Adeagbo. Chakouian won his thirdconsecutive shot put competition, notching his second NCAA automatic qualifying distance with a throw of 63-00.25. His throw wasnearly one foot farther than Reese Hoffa of Georgia, who finished second in both the 2000 SEC Indoor and Outdoor Championshipsand fourth at the NCAA Outdoor championships.Adeagbo won the women's long and triple jumps for the third straight time, again earning NCAA provisional-qualifying marks ineach. With a 20-03.50 in the long jump, she added two inches to her previous personal best, and she came in just under her bestwith a 41-04.25 in the triple jump.

    Other top performances on the women's side included a school record toss in the 20-pound weight throw of 54-06.50 bysenior Rebecca Wedel, a personal best by freshman Olivia Reynolds in the shot put, a first-place finish in the mile run and asecond-place finish in the 800-meter run by freshman Caity Phillips, a strong second by senior Michelle Williams in the 60-meterhurdles and a runner-up spot in the triple jump by freshman Ronda White.

    The men got an excellent performance from freshman David Freeman, who finished second in the 800 meters with apersonal-best time of 1:51.25. In the mile, sophomore Thomas Morgan (4:15.30), sophomore Jack Morgan (4:16.03) and freshmanJames Doaty (4:17.14) had strong races, with Morgan notching a season best. In the high jump, senior Andrew VanderWagenjumped a season-best 6-10.25 to give the Cats another first-place finish, while junior Bill Powers earned his own top honor with a58-01.25 mark in the 35-pound weight throw.

    In the women's team standings, No. 3 South Carolina scored 165 to Georgia's 135, Kentucky's 127 and Tennessee's 68.Seventh-ranked Tennessee claimed the men's crown with a score of 162.50, followed by South Carolina's 134, Georgia's 92.50and Kentucky's 82.

    The Cats return to action in one week when they split up to travel to both the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.,and the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville on Friday, Jan. 26-27.

    Women's 60-meter Dash1. Kanisa Williams              S. Carolina     7.572. Me'Lisa Barber               S. Carolina     7.573. Takoya Thomas                S. Carolina     7.615. Simidele Adeagbo             Kentucky        7.62Women's 200-meter Dash1. Demetria Washington          S. Carolina     23.76#2. Mechelle Lewis               S. Carolina     24.503. Sherita King                 Georgia         24.584. Shevan Threats               Kentucky        24.90Women's 400-meter Dash1. Mikele Barber                S.Carolina      54.992. Tacita Bass                  S. Carolina     55.803. Sheneka Griffin              S. Carolina     56.887. Temitayo Adeagbo             Kentucky        58.24Women's 800-meter Run1. Andrea Hallmon               S. Carolina     2:14.152. Caity Phillips               Kentucky        2:16.093. Kristina Brown               S. Carolina     2:16.11Women's Mile Run1. Caity Phillips               Kentucky        4:58.872. Sharon Dickie                Tennessee       5:04.373. Erin Anderson                Tennessee       5:15.84Women's 3,000-meter Run1. Robin Carver                 Georgia         10:18.062. Jackie Seibert               Georgia         10:33.043. Amy Guard                    Kentucky        10:33.72Women's 60-meter Hurdles1. Jacqueline Madison           S. Carolina     8.42#2. Michelle Williams            Kentucky        8.713. Char Foster                  S. Carolina     8.734. Jihan Trone                  Kentucky        8.81Women's 4x400-meter Relay1. Georgia "A"                  3:45.672. S. Carolina "A"              3:46.623. Kentucky "A"                 3:52.60Women's High Jump1. Latifah Long                 Georgia         5-08.002. Celly Martinez               Georgia         5-06.003. Janet Crawford               Kentucky        5-06.00Women's Pole Vault1. Corrie Drakulich             Georgia         12-05.50#2. Christie Elwin               Tennessee       12-00.503. Mandy Bergey                 Tennessee       11-08.507. Liz Kittredge                Kentucky        10-00.75Women's Long Jump1. Simidele Adeagbo             Kentucky        20-03.50#p2. Tesha Mahone                 Georgia         19-06.003. Antoinette Wilks             S. Carolina     19-00.754. Shevan Threats               Kentucky        18-09.756. Ronda White                  Kentucky        18-04.25Women's Triple Jump1. Simidele Adeagbo             Kentucky        41-04.25#2. Ronda White                  Kentucky        40-01.253. Antoinette Wilks             S. Carolina     39-03.256. Falana Greenwell             Kentucky        38-01.257. Shevan Threats               Kentucky        37.02.25Women's Shot Put1. Lynette Keppeler             S. Carolina     49-09.00#2. India Odum                   S. Carolina     48-01.753. Olivia Reynolds              Kentucky        44-06.257. Molly Lonergan               Kentucky        41-10.009. Erin Gruenke                 Kentucky        41-00.50Women's 20# Weight Throw1. Mamee Groves                 S. Carolina     55-06.502. Katie McCoy                  Georgia         55-03.003. Rebecca Wedel                Kentucky        54-06.50$p4. Aisha Smith                  Kentucky        51-00.75Men's 60-Meter Dash1. Leonard Scott                Tennessee       6.57@2. Justin Gatlin                Tennessee       6.70#3. Sean Lambert                 Tennessee       6.75Men's 200-meter Dash1. Leonard Scott                Tennessee       20.80@2. Justin Gatlin                Tennessee       20.92#3. Josephus                     S. Carolina     21.08#Men's 400-meter Dash1. Gerald Pressley              S. Carolina     47.392. Otis Harris                  S. Carolina     47.543. Shannon Wheatley             Tennessee       48.097. Culee Jennings               Kentucky        50.91Men's 800-meter Run1. Otukile Lekote               S. Carolina     1:51.102. David Freeman                Kentucky        1:51.253. Brad Rogers                  Unattached      1:52.474. Chad Johnson                 Kentucky        1:53.335. Paul Ciurlys                 Kentucky        1:54.238. Patton Segraves              Kentucky        1:56.8011. Jon Feddock                 Kentucky        1:57.65Men's Mile Run1. Otukile Lekote               S. Carolina     4:15.042. Thomas Morgan                Kentucky        4:15.303. Jeff Limpert                 Unattached      4:15.334. Jack Morgan                  Kentucky        4:16.036. James Doaty                  Kentucky        4:17.14Men's 3,000-meter Run1. Eric Bell                    Tennessee       8:43.182. Kevin O'Connor               Kentucky        8:51.123. Brad Leach                   Tennessee       8:54.28Men's 60-meter Hurdles1. DeAndre Eiland               S. Carolina     7.942. Corey Taylor                 S. Carolina     7.993. Matt Rush                    Tennessee       8.10Men's 4x400-meter Relay1. S. Carolina "A"              3:12.212. Tennessee "A"                3:12.663. Georgia "A"                  3:15.814. Kentucky "A"                 3:15.91Men's High Jump1. Andrew VanderWagen   Kentucky        6-10.252. Stephen Harris               Tennessee       6-10.252. Ryan Sheppard                Georgia         6-10.256. Matt Smothermon              Kentucky        6-08.00Men's Pole Vault1. Rocky Danners                Tennessee       17-00.252. Timo Makkonen                Georgia         16-08.253. Jared Farabee                S. Carolina     16-04.50Men's Long Jump1. Justin Gatlin                Tennessee       23-04.502. C.J. Anderson                S. Carolina     22-11.753. Blake Sabo                   Tennessee       22-10.75Men's Shot Put1. Jeff Chakouian               Kentucky        63-00.25@2. Reese Hoffa                  Georgia         62-01.25#3. Tyler Garrett                Tennessee       57-09.75#6. Scott Theis                  Kentucky        51-08.257. Bill Powers                  Kentucky        48-09.50Men's 35# Weight Throw1. Bill Powers                  Kentucky        58-01.252. Lance Jauron                 Tennessee       58-01.003. Steve Pitlik                 Tennessee       56-08.00Men's Triple Jump1. Rondell Mershon              Tennessee       46-06.002. Willie Mazyck                Georgia         45-00.503. Frederick Townsend           S. Carolina     43-05.75@ = NCAA Automatic qualifying mark/time# = NCAA Provisional qualifying mark/timep = personal best$ = school record