Chakouian Stakes Claim as World's Top Junior in Shot Put
UK Freshman Breaks School Indoor Shot Put Record
In just his first meet as a Wildcat, University of Kentucky freshman Jeff Chakouian hurled the shot 65-10.50, the top heave by a junior-aged (19 years old or younger) athlete in the world this year, at the Wildcat Speed Meet on Friday, Dec. 8, at the Nutter Field House.
The throw, the first of Chakouian's collegiate career, surpassed Rutger Smith of the Netherlands by nearly one foot for the world's farthest toss by a junior in 2000. Most importantly, the distance automatically qualified him for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9-10, 2001, in Fayetteville, Ark., surpassing the required mark by more than 3.5 feet. He also broke the school record of 64-09.50 set by Jesse Stuart in 1971.
"This is an achievement beyond spectacular," field events coach John Kenneson said. "This now puts him at No. 6 all-time in the world on the junior list. Since he has been at Kentucky, he has prepared for the Junior World Championships in Chile, and he threw a great distance of 61-11.75 to finish fifth. It is just phenomenal that he was able to throw this distance tonight."
The Cats added seven more first place finishes on the night. Sophomore Simidele Adeagbo won both the long jump (19-03.50) and the triple jump (40-03.50). The women's triple jump was a good one for UK as three more Cats finished just behind Adeagbo to claim the top four spots.
On the men's side, UK again finished in first-fourth places in the one-mile run. Freshman Justin Amason led the way, followed by sophomore Kevin O'Connor and fellow freshmen David Freeman and James Doaty.
Other first-place finishes were captured by freshman Paul Ciurlys (800-meter run), sophomore Thomas Morgan (two-mile run), freshman Caity Phillips (one-mile run) and the women's 4x400-meter relay team.
The Cats take an extended break and return to action on Jan. 12-13, when UK plays host to the Rod McCravy Memorial indoor meet.
AGATE (Top three and UK finishers): Women's High Jump1. Julie ConlonGeorgia Tech5-06.002. Jennifer LedbetterGeorgia Tech5-04.253. Temitayo AdeagboKentucky5-04.25Women's 20-pound Weight Throw1. Angela LevensGeorgia Tech53-00.252. Shola KadiriLouisville52-11.503. Aisha SmithKentucky52-03.75Women's Pole Vault1. Jodie NettlesGeorgia Tech11-10.002. Cindy RobersonLouisville11-00.252. Randalene SergentLouisville11-00.254. Liz KittredgeKentucky9-06.25Women's Long Jump1. Simidele AdeagboKentucky19-03.502. Mishanta ReyesGeorgia Tech18-10.753. Shevan ThreatsKentucky18-10.755. Ronda WhiteKentucky18-02.50Women's Shot Put1. Shola KadiriLouisville44-11.502. Trish YoungLouisville43-06.003. Erin GruenkeKentucky41-04.255. Molly LonerganKentucky38-07.006. Temitayo AdeagboKentucky38-02.25Women's Triple Jump1. Simidele AdeagboKentucky40-03.502. Ronda WhiteKentucky39-08.003. Falana GreenwellKentucky39-01.254. Shevan ThreatsKentucky38-02.00Women's 60-meter Hurdles1. Kenyetta GrigsbyEastern Ky.8.632. Michelle WilliamsKentucky8.763. Mishanta ReyesGeorgia Tech8.77Women's 60-meter Dash1. Jessica DeFreitasGeorgia Tech7.542. Alisha McClintonGeorgia Tech7.603. Amandi RhettGeorgia Tech7.685. Demetrius RobertsKentucky7.74Women's 400-meter Dash1. Sheri CalhounEastern Ky.57.642. Julia ReddGeorgia Tech58.043. Katrina GravesEastern Ky.58.336. Miranda MartinKentucky1:00.67Women's 800-meter Run1. Alicia CavenderLouisville2:24.052. Allison SmithEastern Ky.2:25.853. April EavesKentucky2:26.47Women's 200-meter Run1. Amandi RhettGeorgia Tech25.122. Myiesha SpatesEastern Ky.25.233. Alisha McClintonGeorgia Tech25.31Women's 2-mile Run1. Jamie KingUnattached10:27.492. Heather DavelEastern Ky.11:55.483. Kelly ThorntonLouisville11:58.52Women's 1-mile Run1. Caity PhillipsKentucky5:04.962. Becky MegesiGeorgia Tech5:08.693. Marie PattonKentucky5:14.95Women's 4x400-meter Relay1. Kentucky "A"3:53.932. Georgia Tech "A"3:56.623. Eastern Ky. "A"4:03.09Men's High Jump1. Keith SchulerGeorgia Tech6-10.252. Andrew VanderwagenKentucky6-08.002. Michael MasseyGeorgia Tech6-08.005. Matt SmothermonKentucky6-08.00Men's 35-pound Weight Throw1. Bill PowersUnattached53-00.252. Sean HarringtonGeorgia Tech48-06.753. Joe SwiderskiLouisville45-08.00Men's Pole Vault1. Mike WolfeLouisville14-00.002. Eric CockleyLouisville13-06.25Men's Long Jump1. Chris CawleyGeorgia Tech23-06.252. Brian FraserGeorgia Tech22-11.253. Marcus CamerasUnattached22-07.75Men's Shot Put1. Jeff ChakouianKentucky65-10.50@2. Bill PowersUnattached49-09.753. Scott ReiaaGeorgia Tech46-11.00Men's Triple Jump1. Chris CrawleyGeorgia Tech47-05.002. Gary OverstreetLouisville45-09.00Men's 60-meter Hurdles1. Ricardo MoodyUnattached7.962. Montrell PersonGeorgia Tech8.083. Bryan WilsonKentucky8.32Men's 60-meter Dash1. Casey CombestUnattached6.72*2. Roosevelt TurnerEastern Ky.6.853. Clayton PorterGeorgia Tech6.96Men's 400-meter Dash1. J.D. HarrisUnattached48.442. JaiDante BurtonUnattached48.673. Sharif AzimGeorgia Tech49.125. Culee JenningsKentucky50.17Men's 800-meter Run1. Paul CiurlysKentucky1:55.482. Brad RogerUnattached1:56.623. Phil ScottEastern Ky.1:56.82Men's 200-meter Run1. Roosevelt TurnerEastern Ky.21.872. O'Shay GriffinUnattached22.093. JaiDante BurtonUnattached22.24Men's 2-mile Run1. Thomas MorganKentucky9:21.502. Jack MorganKentucky9:22.393. Alan HortonEastern Ky.9:24.798. Kevin PankeKentucky10:00.11Men's 1-mile Run1. Justin AmasonKentucky4:18.232. Kevin O'ConnorKentucky4:18.963. David FreemanKentucky4:22.014. James DoatyKentucky4:26.03Men's 4x400-meter Relay1. Eastern Ky. "A"3:21.572. Eastern Ky. "B"3:26.463. Louisville "A"3:27.37 @ Automatic NCAA qualifying time/mark* Provisional NCAA qualifying time/mark