Six FB Signees Win State Track Titles
LEXINGTON , Ky. ? When the 2008 Kentucky football recruiting class signed in February, the terms ?speed? and ?athletic ability? were used frequently when describing the group.
And, the future Wildcats fulfilled those descriptions this spring.? Six of UK's football signees ? a full 30 percent of the class ? won state championships in track and field during their prep careers, taking home a combined 13 state titles.
- Wide receiver Eric Adeyemi (Southridge HS/Miami, Fla.) won state championships in 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.? His best times in the events are 13.9 seconds and 36.7 seconds, respectively.
- Lineman Chandler Burden (La Salle HS/Cincinnati, Ohio) won the state titles in the discus throw and shot put.? His best mark in the discus is 192 feet, 6 inches, while his longest shot put is 61 feet, 2 ? inches.?
- Wide receiver/defensive back E.J. Fields (Frankfort HS/Frankfort, Ky.) is a three-time state champ in the 400-meter dash.? His best time in that event is 48.7 seconds.? He added the 200-meter championship as a senior, with a top time of 22.1 seconds.
- Defensive back Winston Guy (Lexington Catholic HS) also is a multiple winner.? He won the state meet in the 100-meter dash with a clocking of 11.29 seconds.? His 4x100-meter relay unit also claimed the crown.
- Quarterback DeAunte Mason (Pearl-Cohn HS/Nashville, Tenn.) got two state wins his junior year as part of a 4x200-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay.
- Wide receiver Gene McCaskill (Chester HS/Chester, S.C.) was part of a state championship in the 4x100-meter relay.
And, another UK signee came close to adding more.? Quarterback Randall Cobb was third in the 100-meter dash in his senior year and placed second in the 4x100 relay as a junior.
?I continue to be excited about this incoming class,? Coach Rich Brooks said.? ?I felt good about them when they signed, and their (track and field) performances validate their athletic ability and speed.?
Masthay Journal on UKathletics.com: In May, Kentucky punter/kicker Tim Masthay traveled to the African country of Ghana for a two-week trip focusing on education and service.? Masthay kept a journal of the trip, which has been posted on . ?The direct link is
?I have an interest in serving other people and my country,? said Masthay, a senior economics major whose goal is to one day serve in the Peace Corps.? ?I knew this trip would be a great learning experience and would make me a better citizen and person.? You think you have an idea of what poverty is and what's happening in Africa but until you smell the smells, hear the sounds and taste the tastes, you don't really know.?
The trip was sponsored by the UK Education Abroad program and led by Dr. Kwaku Addo, associate dean of the UK Graduate School.? The group of approximately 10 students from UK and Prairie View A&M University in Texas went on a study tour that involved visiting landmarks and learning the culture of Ghana.? They also participated in a service project at a school and orphanage.
?Talking to people was fascinating,? Masthay said.? ?They have a strong desire to provide for their families and they yearn for education.? One of my friends asked a middle-school age girl if she liked going to school and she said, ?I like school like I like water.'? Guys my age were working small jobs just to save money to go to school.? At the university, dorm rooms were as big as ours at UK but 10 people would share a room.? It makes you realize the opportunity we have here.?