Kentucky Track and Field Prepares for Indoor Competition in Wildcat Preview Meet

University of Kentucky track and field athletes competed against one another in the program's annual intra-squad Wildcat Preview Meet Thursday and Friday at the Nutter Field House. The meet served as preparation of the Wildcats' indoor competition that begins in January.

The competition began with the women's 60-meter hurdles, where sophomore Precious Nwokey clocked an 8.75 to lead the field. Junior Ashley Newby followed, finishing with a mark of 8.75.

Senior Kwasi Obeng posted a 60m-dash time worthy of a place in Kentucky top-10 history at 6.65. Also finishing with marks under seven seconds was sophomore Alex Williams (6.85).

Leading the women in the 60m dash was junior Jazmyn Shorter with a 7.59, a time that is one-hundredth of a second short of reaching a school top-10 record. Close behind Shorter were Shiara Robinson (7.72), Jenna Martin (7.77), Tiffany Rogers (7.98) and Nwokey (7.91).

Next on the schedule was the men's 300m, where Obeng led the pack with a time of 33.55. In the women's 300m, Shorter crossed the line first with clocking a 39.12, with Martin (39.24) and Nwokey (39.40) close behind.

In the women's 4x400m relay, the Blue squad (Shorter, Newby, Brittany Cabbler and Aisha Osborne) clocked a 3:47.49 to defeat the White squad (Nwokey, Martin, Robinson and Rogers) who came in at 3:51.40.

The Blue squad combined forces to take the men's 4x400m relay title with a 3:16:36. In the second group, the White squad crossed the line at 3:17.70.

Despite Kentucky's youth, Assistant Coach Erin Tucker was pleased with the Preview's results.

"As you can see, we are a young and dynamic group," Tucker said. "I saw some impressive things, and we made some freshman mistakes. The freshman males have a high learning curve, so I am not worried. The women are poised to make their mark this year, and they are experienced enough to return ready. This event always allows the men and women to leave knowing they are fit, but still in need of work. This is a special group, and the journey will be long, but awesome."

The Wildcats open the season when they play host at the Kentucky Invitational Jan. 15-16, 2010.

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