UK Track and Field Rakes In 10 Victories at Tom Jones Memorial Invite

April 18, 2010

Gainesville, Fla. -- The University of Kentucky track and field team collected 10 victories, 26 season best marks and established a new school record during the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday.

The Tom Jones Memorial Event showcased seven collegiate teams and several professional athletes but as the competition moved along Kentucky and No. 1 Florida dueled as they combined for 21 wins out of a total 38 events.

Senior All-American Rondel Sorrillo started his outdoor campaign rather slow due to injury but in his first attempt at the 200m dash this season didn’t miss a step picking up a win with a time of 20.75. Moving into the heart of the season with the Penn Relays coming up April 23-24, Sorrillo moves back into form just at the right time.

Freshman distance runner Samantha Norman re-writes the Kentucky record books in her 3,000m steeplechase debut grabbing a first place finish with a time of 11:04.97. Norman now holds the UK freshman record in 3000m steeplechase eclipsing the previous mark by more than 25 seconds.

"I was really excited to do the steeplechase for the first time and wasn't even thinking about records I was just happy to get my first win in college, Norman said."

In addition to Norman, Kentucky freshmen as a whole had an outstanding day gathering four wins including a win from multi-sport athlete Alexandra Morgan. Morgan finished atop her competitors in the high jump with a personal best height of 5-06/1.68m for her first collegiate victory.

Two members of the All-SEC Indoor freshmen team, Patrick McGregor and Cally Macumber continued the success for the freshmen as they both won as well. McGregor with a personal best time of 3:48.65 finished in first position just ahead of fellow freshmen teammate Chris Heibell. McGregor’s time in the 1,500m ranks second among all freshmen in the SEC. Macumber, the only Kentucky female athlete to run in the 3,000m on Saturday, finished ahead of the pack to pick up yet another win for the Wildcats with a time of 9:57.66.

UK's Senior throwers have become the model of consistency as they dominate once again. Kristin Smith and Ashley Muffet take wins in the hammer and discus throw respectively, each furthering their season best mark in the process. Smith claimed her victory with a throw of 199-08/60.85m and not far behind in the hammer event was Heather Smith who finished fourth with a toss of 173-06/52.88m. Muffet in similar fashion took control launching the discus 181-10/55.43m pummeling the competition.

The UK track and field team will head north for the Penn Relays for their next challenge in a gargantuan event that will include runners from high school and the collegiate level as well as the Visa World Tour. To add even more excitement world renowned sprinter Usain Bolt will be in action competing for Jamaica in the 4x100m relay, which the United States team is also entered.

 

Tom Jones Memorial Invitational

 

Gainesville, Fla.

 

Event

Athlete

Year

School

Time

1

Women High Jump

Alexandra Morgan

Fr.

Kentucky

5-06/1.68m

8

Women Pole Vault

Samantha Stenzel

So.

Kentucky

12-04.50/3.77m

12

Women Pole Vault

Mary Chris Durham

Sr.

Kentucky

11-00.75/3.37m

9

Women Long Jump

Ashley Newby

Jr.

Kentucky

17-01.25/5.21m (-1.5)

3

Men Long Jump

David Banks

Jr.

Kentucky

22-10.50/6.97m

4

Men Long Jump

Steve Crouse

Jr.

Kentucky

21-08.00/6.60m (2.0)

1

Women Discus Throw

Ashley Muffet

Sr.

Kentucky

181-10/55.43m

4

Women Discus Throw

Mary Angell

Jr.

Kentucky

163-08/49.88m

9

Women Discus Throw

Heather Smith

Jr.

Kentucky

136-11/41.74m

2

Men Discus Throw

Colin Boevers

Jr.

Kentucky

185-10/56.64m

1

Women Hammer Throw

Kristin Smith

Sr.

Kentucky

199-08/60.85m

4

Women Hammer Throw

Heather Smith

Jr.

Kentucky

173-06/52.88m

2

Women Javelin Throw

Jennifer Svoboda

Jr.

Kentucky

129-03/39.41m

4

Women Javelin Throw

Natalie Wise

Jr.

Kentucky

94-05/28.77m

5

Women Javelin Throw

Ashley Newby

Jr.

Kentucky

88-05/26.94m

6

Women Javelin Throw

Precious Nwokey

So.

Kentucky

75-11/23.15m

3

Women Shot Put

Ashley Muffet

Sr.

Kentucky

52-06.75/16.02m

8

Women Shot Put

Jennifer Svoboda

Jr.

Kentucky

48-06.75/14.80m

9

Women Shot Put

Mary Angell

Jr.

Kentucky

46-10.00/14.27m

11

Women Shot Put

Kristin Smith

Sr.

Kentucky

44-04.75/13.53m

14

Women Shot Put

Ashley Newby

Jr.

Kentucky

32-03.50/9.84m

15

Women Shot Put

Precious Nwokey

So.

Kentucky

28-09.00/8.76m

4

Men Shot Put

Colin Boevers

Jr.

Kentucky

54-00.00/16.46m

20

Women 100m Dash

Ke'Undra Bishop

Jr.

Kentucky

12.48

10

Men 100m Dash

Alex Williams

So.

Kentucky

10.68

12

Men 100m Dash

Sean Lange

Fr.

Kentucky

10.76

5

Men 110m Hurdles

Darryl Bradshaw

Fr.

Kentucky

14.71(0.6)

3

Women 400m Dash

Jenna Martin

Jr.

Kentucky

53.75

8

Women 400m Dash

Jazmyn Shorter

Jr.

Kentucky

54.58

17

Women 400m Dash

Shiara Robinson

Fr.

Kentucky

57.70

10

Men 400m Dash

Kwasi Obeng

Sr.

Kentucky

48.17

14

Men 400m Dash

Ben Mason

Fr.

Kentucky

49.59

1

Women 4x100m Relay

Kentucky 'A'

 

Kentucky

45.39

3

Men 4x100m Relay

Kentucky 'A'

 

Kentucky

41.91

1

Men 800m run

Sharif Webb

Jr.

Kentucky

1:49.60

6

Men 800m run

Jeremy Zagorski

Sr.

Kentucky

1:51.94

10

Men 800m run

William Rover

Sr.

Kentucky

1:59.52

8

Women 1500m Run

Andrea Halasek-Richardson

Sr.

Kentucky

4:38.46

10

Women 1500m Run

Megan Wright

Fr.

Kentucky

4:45.63

1

Men 1500m Run

Patrick McGregor

Fr.

Kentucky

3:48.65

2

Men 1500m Run

Chris Heibell

Fr.

Kentucky

3:52.35

5

Men 1500m Run

Adam Henken

Jr.

Kentucky

3:53.30

9

Men 1500m Run

Matt Wagner

So.

Kentucky

3:57.68

1

Women 3000m Run

Cally Macumber

Fr.

Kentucky

9:57.66

1

Men 3000m Run

Josh Nadzam

Jr.

Kentucky

8:24.04

2

Men 3000m Run

Matt Sonnenfeldt

Fr.

Kentucky

8:29.97

3

Men 3000m Run

Bruce Hordusky

Sr.

Kentucky

8:37.83

1

Women 3000m Steeplechase

Samantha Norman

Fr.

Kentucky

11:04.97

1

Men 200m Dash

Rondel Sorrillo

Sr.

Kentucky

20.75 (0.1)

8

Men 200m Dash

Sean Lange

Fr.

Kentucky

21.64 (0.1)

11

Men 200m Dash

Alex Williams

So.

Kentucky

21.9 (0.1)