UKTF Set for Full Team Road Test

BLACKSBURG, Va. – For the first and only time this indoor season the entire Kentucky track and field teams will compete on the road in the same place.

In what has become an annual team chemistry building exercise, Kentucky will travel to Virginia Tech’s  Doc Hale Elite Meet for competition inside Rector Field House on Friday and Saturday.

After the entire team competed at two home meets in January, this weekend’s meet will provide the team with a rare in collegiate track and field opportunity for the entire team to compete on the road in the same place during the regular season.

For much of the year, different athletes go to different meets in search of competitive fields in their respective events.

For example next week many of UK’s top sprinters and jumpers are scheduled to travel to Arkansas’ Tyson Invitational while top distance runners are expected to run on the oversized track at the Iowa State Classic.

And while this weekend’s competition will likely bring the team closer together as road trips notoriously do, the more definable goals of rounding into shape as the championship portion of the season edges nearer and achieving NCAA Championship qualifier marks will also be of paramount importance.

To that end, many Wildcats have begun the season in strong form.

From the No. 12 UK women’s team, Ariah Graham continues to lead the world in the rarely-run 500-meter dash, with a time from Dec., while she ranks sixth nationally in the 800m with a 2:04.64.

Sha’Keela Saunders ranks fourth nationally in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump.

On the men’s side, Tim Duckworth ranks sixth in the nation in the heptathlon with his school-record score: 5695, recorded two weeks ago at the McCravy.

Jacob Thomson leads the SEC in the 3k with a converted time of 7:59.50, which he recorded last Saturday at the Camel City Invitational.

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