Wildcats Head to Athens for SEC Championships
May 11, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Kentucky track and field team prepares for the 2011 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, continuing to ride the momentum of previous week’s performances that have the Wildcats peaking in time for post-season action, Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15 at the Spec Towns Track in Athens, Ga.
The championships begin at 10 a.m. ET Thursday and continue at 10 a.m. ET Friday, 12 p.m. ET Saturday and 12 p.m. ET Sunday. Live results will be available at www.georgiadogs.com, while live coverage of the final two days of the event will be available through a live stream on ESPN3.com. ESPN3’s coverage will begin Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, with Sunday’s coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET.
Senior Colin Boevers is UK’s only returning champion from last year’s outdoor championships with a victory in the men’s discus throw. Boevers extended the streak of Wildcats who have won the discus title to three consecutive years, dating back to Chase Madison in 2008. The Salt Lake City, Utah native, is looking to become the first Kentucky student-athlete to win the SEC discus championship in back-to-back years since Pat McCulla, who accomplished that feat in 1981-82. Boevers currently holds the SEC’s top mark in the discus and is moving up the ranks in the shot put.
Last year’s SEC championship also produced a school-record performance by now junior Precious Nwokey in the heptathlon with 5,543, passing former UK star Ashley Trimble. Nwokey finished third in the event with her top performances coming in the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, 200m dash and 800m run all in which she claimed second place. Nwokey is coming off an SEC indoor championship in the pentathlon, an event which she also holds the school record.
With a strong performance in last year’s competition that included a fourth-place finish in the 800m run, Sharif Webb travels to Athens, Ga., with the second-fastest time in the league at 1:47.19. Webb looks to redeem himself from the indoor season where he had a disappointing fall in the finals after being the top qualifier.
Junior Keith Hayes, a new addition to UK this year, is the Wildcats only All-America performer during the 2011 indoor season. Hayes finished seventh in the 60m hurdles after finished second at SEC indoors. The Kansas transfer holds the second-fastest time in the 60m hurdles and 110m hurdles on UK’s all-time lists. Hayes will compete in the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles this weekend.
Many other Wildcats will be in action including All-SEC performers Cally Macumber and Mary Angell, school triple jump record holder Keenan Hall and 400m record holder Jenna Martin.
This marks the first time since 1999 that the Bulldogs have hosted the league meet. Georgia also was the site of the 1966, 1976, 1982 and 1990 Championships. Spec Towns Track underwent a $3 million dollar complete renovation following the 2009 season, which has allowed them to bring the SEC Outdoor Championships back to Athens after an 11 year absence. The 400m track features eight 42-inch running lanes, two completely re-designed throwing circles with cages, five vaulting areas, four expanded jumps areas, along with two javelin runways, a shot put area and two high jump pits.
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SEC Championships Schedule
Thursday, May 12
Heptathlon – 12:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13
Women’s Hammer Throw – 10:00 a.m.
Heptathlon – 1:30 p.m.
Men’s 800m Run Prelims – 5:30 p.m.
Women’s 800m Run Prelims – 5:45 p.m.
Men’s 200m Dash Prelims – 6:15 p.m.
Women’s 200m Dash Prelims – 6:30 p.m.
Men’s 400m Hurdles Prelims – 6:45 p.m.
Women’s 400m Hurdles Prelims – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 14
Men’s Long Jump – 12:00 p.m.
Women’s High Jump – 12:00 p.m.
Men’s Shot Put – 1:30 p.m.
Women’s Pole Vault – 2:30 p.m.
Women’s Discus Throw – 3:30 p.m.
Men’s 1,500m Run Prelims – 4:00 p.m.
Women’s 1,500m Run Prelims – 4:15 p.m.
Men’s 110m Hurdles Prelims – 4:30 p.m.
Women’s 100m Hurdles Prelims – 4:45 p.m.
Men’s 400m Dash Prelims – 5:00 p.m.
Women’s 400m Dash Prelims – 5:15 p.m.
Men’s 100m Dash Prelims – 5:30 p.m.
Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase – 6:05 p.m.
Sunday, May 15
Men’s Triple Jump – 12:00 p.m.
Women’s Shot Put – 2:00 p.m.
Women’s 4x100m Relay – 2:10 p.m.
Jenna Martin, Jazmyn Shorter, Shiara Robinson, Kayla Parker
Women’s Triple Jump – 2:15 p.m.
Men’s Discus Throw – 3:00 p.m.
Men’s 5,000m Run – 4:30 p.m.
Women’s 5,000m Run – 4:50 p.m.
Men’s 4x400m Relay – 5:15 p.m.
Keith Hayes, Sharif Webb, Cody Miller, Kyron Joseph
Women’s 4x400m Relay – 5:35 p.m.
Jenna Martin, Brittany Cabbler, Shiara Robinson, Jazmyn Shorter