Track and Field to Compete at Annual Wildcat Preview

Dec. 11, 2008


University of Kentucky track and field athletes will be on display for fans Thursday and Friday at Nutter Field House during the team's annual intra-squad Wildcat Preview Meet in preparation for the 2009 season. Competition begins with field events at 3:15 pm ET both days.

The team's intra-squad meet traditionally showcases sprints, hurdles, relays and jumping events. The Preview is a chance for members of the track team to prepare for the upcoming indoor season and see where they stand at this stage of their training in regular-season meet conditions. Distance runners continue to train as they did for their fall Cross Country competition and do not take part in the meet.

"This meet gives our athletes a chance to measure where they are in their training," said Erin Tucker, assistant coach for sprints. "Then they can adjust their training regimen accordingly based on their results by increasing or maintaining their efforts."

The meet opens Thursday with the men's and women's pole vault. More jumpers get into the action with competition in the men's and women's triple jump followed by the women's high jump. Sprints take center stage later in the afternoon starting with the 60-meter high hurdles, followed by heats of the 60m dash and concluding with heats of the 300-meter dash.

Long jump competition opens the meet Friday, followed by the men's high jump. UK's stellar relay teams conclude the event with the men's and women's 4x400-meter relays.

Kentucky opens the indoor season by hosting the Kentucky Invitational, Jan. 16-17.

Thursday, Dec. 11

3:15 p.m. - Pole Vault

4:00 p.m. - Triple Jump

4:20 p.m. - Women's 60 HH

4:25 p.m. - Men's 60 HH

4:50 p.m. - Men's 60 M Heat 1

4:53 p.m. - Men's 60 M Heat 2

4:58 p.m. - Women's 60 M Heat 1

5:25 p.m. - Men's 300 M Heat 1

5:28 p.m. - Men's 300 M Heat 2

5:31 p.m. - Men's 300 M Heat 3

5:34 p.m. - Women's 300 M Heat 1

Friday, Dec. 12

3:30 p.m. - Long Jump

4:15 p.m. - Men's High Jump

4:35 p.m. - Women's 4x400 Relay

4:40 p.m. - Men's 4x400 Relay