UKTF Concludes Virginia Challenge in Strong Fashion


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jasmine Quinn ran the No. 3 100-meter hurdles time in the NCAA this year, Wildcats won five events (seven when including UK alumni) and many more Wildcats turned in nationally elite and personal-best performances on Saturday to conclude the Virginia Challenge.

Saturday Winners
Quinn ran 12.83, a new PR, to win the 100m hurdles. 

Other UK winners on Saturday included Quinn’s fellow freshman Kianna Gray as well as junior Destiny Carter as the two each ran 23.70 into a slight headwind to win the 200m. 

UK’s women’s 4x400m relay won in 3:34.40.

Olivia Gruver, also a freshman, reached a new PR and school-record height to win the pole vault at a clearance of 14'1.25"/4.30m. The mark is tied 10th in the NCAA right now.

Sophomore Nick Anderson ran 13.82 to win the 110m hurdles, completing a short hurdles sweep for the Wildcats.

UK Class of 2015 alum Kenyattia Hackworth won the long jump with a PR 22'3.5"/6.79m (+0.4). The mark ranks No. 3 outdoors in the world this year and is the best by an American in this young season. The mark broke the track and meet records.

UK alum Rondel Sorrillo, the 2010 NCAA 200m Champion, won his signature event in 20.56.

Notable finishes
Destiny Carter and Sha'Keela Saunders jumped 21'4.25"/6.51m to place 3-4 in the invitational long jump, which Hackworth won. Carter’s mark was a PR and moved her into third place on the UK all-time performers’ list. Saunders’ tops that list with a lifetime best of 22’1.75”, which she jumped last season.

Kiah Seymour placed second in the 400m hurdles with a season-best 56.10, which would rank No. 5 in the NCAA at the start of the weekend. 

Beckie Famurewa and Adriana Brown placed 2-3 in the discus. Famurewa, who broke the UK hammer throw record on Friday, tossed a season-best 184’3”/56.17m. Adriana Brown threw a two-meter PR 183’2”/55.82m.

Fred Dorsey placed second in the men’s invitational long jump with a leap of 24’10.5”/7.58m.

Justin Kretchmer placed third in the high jump with a clearance that tied his PR at 7’0.25”/2.14m.

Elijah Marta threw a season-best 216’5”/65.97m to claim second place in the javelin.

Tim Duckworth, known mostly as a decathlete, placed second in the pole vault with a four-inch PR clearance at 16’8.75”/5.10m, which made him the UK No. 5 all-time performer.

The UK women’s team is ranked No. 8 in the nation.

Kentucky will travel to the LSU Invitational next week and host the Kentucky Relays the following Saturday before the SEC Championships May 12-14.

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Saturday Running Events


Women 3000 M Steeplechase

24. Amy Hansen: 11:00.15

Men 1500 M

15. Jacob Thomson: 3:44.93
54. Kendall Muhammad: 3:45.48
65. Raine Wireman: 3:54.50

Men 110 M Hurdles

1. Nick Anderson: 13.82 (+0.2)
8. Caleb Wilt: 14.54 (-0.8)
9. Cameron Short: 14.56 (+1.5)
13. Tim Duckworth: 14.66 (+1.5)

Women 100 M Hurdles

1. Jasmine Quinn: 12.83 (+1.1) – No. 2 UK performers’ list, No. 3 NCAA Right Now
6. Jacklyn Howell: 13.15 (+1.1)
15. Sha’Keela Saunders: 13.99 (+1.4)

Women 200 M

1. Kianna Gray: 23.70 (-0.6)
1. Destiny Carter: 23.70 (-0.6)
4. Javianne Oliver: 24.25 (+1.1)
7. Donatella Asemota: 24.42 (-0.8)

Men 200 M

1. Rondel Sorrillo (Alum, Nike): 20.56 (+0.0)
24. Fred Dorsey: 21.74 (-2.2)

Women 400 M Hurdles

2. Kiah Seymour: 56.10 – Season best --
24. Jacklyn Howell: 1:04.32

Men 400 M Hurdles

16. Naija Omari: 54.37
20. William Walker: 55.11

Men 4x400 M Relay

12. Kentucky (Omari, Dorsey, Jones, McAllister): 3:18.47

Women 4x400 M Relay

1. Kentucky (Asemota, Mitchell, Quinn, Seymour): 3:34.40

Men 10000 M

24. Zack Beavin: 31:24.67


Saturday Field Events


Men Javelin

2. Elijah Marta: 216’5”/65.97m – Season best -

Women Long Jump

11. Kaitlyn Taylor: 18’3”/5.56m (+0.7)

Men Long Jump

10. Cameron Short: 21’8”/6.60m (+1.8)

Men High Jump

3. Justin Kretchmer: 7’0.25”/2.14m (Ties PR)

Men Shot Put

10. Noah Castle: 50’10”/15.49m

Women Long Jump Invite

1. Kenyattia Hackworth (alum): 22’3.5”/6.79m – PR, U.S. Leader, No. 3 in world right now –, Meet and track record
3. Destiny Carter: 21’4.25”/6.51m (+1.3) – PR -
4. Sha’Keela Saunders: 21’4.25”/6.51m (-1.2)
6. Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile: 20’1.5”/6.13m (-0.0) –Season Best –

Men Long Jump Invite

2. Fred Dorsey:: 24’10.5”/7.58m (-0.4)       

Women Pole Vault Invite

1. Olivia Gruver: 14’1.25”/4.30m (UK FR, PR, T-No. 10 NCAA)

Men Pole Vault Invite

2. Tim Duckworth: 16’8.75”/5.10m –PR by four inches, becomes UK No. 5 all-time performer -

Men Shot Put Invite

7. Nik Huffman: 59’1.25”/18.01m

Women Javelin Invite

9. Sarah Blake: 147’4”/44.91m

Women Discus Invite

2. Beckie Famurewa: 184’3”/56.17m (Season Best)
3. Adriana Brown: 183’2”/55.82 (2m PR)


Friday Running Events


Women 100 M

1. Destiny Carter: 11.43 (+0.4)
2. Kianna Gray: 11.47
2. Javianne Oliver: 11.47
4. Jasmine Quinn: 11.61
5. Precious Hitchcock: 11.67
16. Donatella Asemota: 11.96 (-0.9)

Men 100 M

1. Rondell Sorrillo (UK alum, Nike): 10.23 (+1.6)
4. Fred Dorsey: 10.49
22. Nick Anderson: 10.93 (+1.4)

Women 400 M

2. Kiah Seymour: 52.65
3. Jasmine Mitchell: 54.04
15. Daje Pugh: 55.71

Men 400 M

33. Naija Omari: 49.26
45. William Walker: 50.85

Women 800 M

41. Jill Weston: 2:11.55

Men 800 M

31. Ian Jones: 1:53.10

Women 4x100 M Relay

1. Kentucky (Oliver, Hitchcock, Carter, Gray): 43.14 (No. 3 NCAA right now, Track Record, No. 2 school-history)

Women 3000 M Steeplechase

9. Caroline McCaslin: 10:18.32 (School Record)
14. Katy Kunc: 10:28.84

Men 3000 M Steeplechase

19. Spencer Hrycay: 9:10.60
23. Gabe Harm: 9:12.41


Friday Field Events


Women Hammer

2. Brandi Walker: 193’1”/58.87m (PR, No. 4 UK all-time)

Men Hammer

2. David Cline: 205’11”/62.77m (PR)
3. Logan Bryer: 204’4”/62.28m (PR)

Women Triple Jump Invite

3. Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile: 42’5.25”/12.93m (+0.6)

Men Discus

5. Noah Castle: 165’/50.29m
10. Logan Bryer: 154’1”/46.97m

Women Hammer Invite

1. Beckie Famurewa: 211’9”/64.55m (School Record)

Women Shot Put Invite

4. Adriana Brown: 51’9.75”/15.79m