UK Heads to Texas Relays, Nikoloff Invite

By Jacob Most

March 27, 2014 -


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Having begun the season during Spring Break last weekend, the Kentucky track and field teams will split up and head to two meets this weekend.

Kentucky will send competitors to both the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational.

UK will be represented at the Texas Relays by an elite group of 17 sprinters, throwers and jumpers, while a larger group of Wildcats (32) will head to Cincinnati’s Nikoloff Invite.

The Texas Relays will provide one of the first true outdoor tests for Kentucky with 14 top-25 Division I men’s teams and 13 more top-25 DI women’s squads including the fifth-ranked UK women.

The meet will also provide the somewhat-rare opportunity (along with the Florida Relays, Penn Relays, SEC Championships and NCAA Championships) for the Wildcats to compete in front of a sold-out stadium as the Texas Relays annually attract around 50,000 fans during four days of competition.

The Texas Relays will be televised live on the Longhorn Network on Friday from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and then 7:30-10:30 p.m. On Saturday the meet will air from 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Texas Relays general admission single-day tickets are $10 per day, while reserved section seats are $20 each.

Admission to the Nikoloff Invitational is $5 for adults and $3 for youth (under 12-years old). Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $1, but they must do so in advance by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX 1-877-CATS-TIX .

2014 NCAA Indoor 200m Champion Dezerea Bryant will make her outdoor debut this season in the 100m dash, and she is also likely to participate in a relay.

Recent indoor All-Americans Kendra Harrison and Leah Nugent will also make their outdoor debuts in the 100m hurdles. Both are also likely to be relay participants.

Two-time hurdles All-American Kayla Parker posted the nation’s No. 2, and Southeastern Conference-leading, 100m hurdles time last weekend, 13.26 seconds.

NCAA indoor shot put fifth-place finisher Bradley Szypka will make his outdoor season debut at the Texas Relays in a field headlined by NCAA Champion Ryan Crouser, who will be competing in his home stadium.

Two-time All-Americans Andrew Evans and Raymond Dykstra will also compete in the Texas Relays discus and javelin throws respectively to headline UK’s entries.

UK will be represented by a strong group of jumpers at the Nikoloff (SEC Indoor High Jump Bronze Medalist Justin Kretchmer will be at the Texas Relays).

Charles Moushey, who placed fourth in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Championships, will compete as will SEC Heptathlon Silver Medalist Ibn Short.