UK Track and Field Heads West for Husky Classic and Tyson Invitational

Feb. 10, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The men and women's track and field teams depart Thursday to two areas of the country to compete in the team's fourth indoor meet of the season. The Wildcats will attend the Husky Classic and Tyson Invitational Feb. 12-13.

The men and women's distance squad will join the throwing corps as they head to Seattle, WA. for the Husky Classic while the Kentucky sprinters and jumps crew will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the Tyson Invitational.

Tyson Invitational competition begins Friday, at 12 p.m. at the Randal Tyson Track Complex. The throwing event competition will take place at Walker Pavillion. To follow Tyson Invitational results, live stats will be available at and A live video stream will also be available once competition begins with a subscription fee.

The Husky Classic kicks off with the distance medley relay and 5,000 meter-run events at 6 p.m. PT. Competition will take place at the Dempsey Indoor facility. To follow meet competition, live results are available at

Sprints coach Erin Tucker says this is the biggest weekend of the regular season.

"The second weekend in February is typically the fastest weekend of the year outside of the SEC and NCAA Championships," Tucker says. "We are ready to see great performances throughout the country."

The Wildcats go into this weekend's competition after competing in the Virginia Tech Elite meet last weekend in Blacksburg, Va. The team came away with an NCAA automatic qualifier, four NCAA provisional qualifiers, three first place wins and one new varsity school record.

Senior sprinter Rondel Sorrillo captured the second NCAA Automatic qualifying time for the Wildcats this season with a time of 6.60 in the 60m dash. His 60m victory moved him into the first place slot as the fastest 60m time in the country this season.

Distance freshman Walter Luttrell claimed his first win of the season in the 5,000m run while improving his personal best by a staggering 19 seconds. Luttrell's time of 14:41.65 earned him the first place title.

The womens throwers finished the Virginia Tech Elite Meet with three provisional qualifiers.

Senior Kristin Smith furthered her own weight throw school record for the third consecutive competition with a NCAA provisional throw of 20.57 meters (67 feet, 06.00 inches). Ashley Muffet finished in fourth place in the shot put with a season best throw and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 16.21 meters (53 feet, 02.25 inches). Jennifer Svoboda followed in fifth with a NCAA provisional qualifying throw of 15.33 (50-03.50).

The women's 4x400m relay team of Jenna Martin, Jazmyn Shorter, Brittany Cabbler and Precious Nwokey ran a final time of 3:39.98 to notch their second NCAA provisional qualifying time of the season.

The men's team goes into this weekend's meets ranked 21st nationally.

Altogether, there are 62 teams competing in the Tyson Invitational, seven of them being SEC schools. Sixteen of the men's teams are nationally ranked and 13 of the women's teams.

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