Feb. 3, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Junior distance runner Walter Luttrell shattered his career-best time in the 5,000-meter run, and the Kentucky men's and women's track and field teams recorded multiple times/marks that rank in the top 10 in program history Friday, the first day of the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
Luttrell got off to a strong start at Meyo Track, leading the first lap of the event that spans over three miles in length. After losing the lead, the Dayton, Ohio native surged back to the front and won the race with a career-best time of 14:14.35, breaking his previous best time of 14:29.50 by over 15 seconds. The fastest 5,000m time in the Southeastern Conference entering tonight's competition was 15:08.09 set by Cullen Doody of LSU. Luttrell's time is the fifth fastest 5,000m run recorded in UK history.
One week after earning, SEC Women's Freshman of the Week honors for her record-breaking performance in the 60m dash, Keilah Tyson competed in the women's long jump for the first time in her collegiate career. Much like last week, Tyson impressed, finishing fourth in the event with a jump of 6.08m/19-11.50. Tyson's jump is the seventh best long jump in school history.
Sophomore Kayla Parker and junior Darryl Bradshaw each earned top-12 times to qualify for the finals of the 60m hurdles. Parker advanced to the women's 60m hurdles finals with a time of 8.61, while Bradshaw qualified for the men's 60m hurdles finals by winning his heat with a time of 8.05. Bradshaw's time of 8.05 is the same time he ran last week at the Rod McCravy Memorial, missing out on his career best time by 0.01, which is also the sixth fastest time in the UK record books. The finals for the women's 60m hurdles will begin Saturday at 2:40 p.m. ET. The finals for the men's 60m hurdles start at 2:50 p.m. Saturday.
Freshman Tamyah Pipkin qualified for the finals in the women's 60m dash with a time of 7.63, finishing in eighth place overall at the preliminaries. The women's 60m dash finals begin Saturday at 3:20 p.m.
The men's and women's distance medley relay teams finished in third and fifth, respectively. The young men's team, comprised of freshmen Keffri Neal and Sean Keane, and sophomores Robert Scharold and Adam Kahleifeh, finished the relay stretching 4,000m in 9:57.23. The women's quartet of junior Cally Macumber, freshman Angelica Whaley, and sophomores Allison Peare and Chelsea Oswald crossed the finish line in 11:31.07.
Senior Jennifer Svoboda had a career-best throw in the women's weight throw, recording a mark of 16.47m/54-00.50. Svoboda's mark was tied for 14th at the meet. Sophomore Andrew Evans, a transfer from Michigan, Kalamazoo Community College, recorded his season-best mark in the men's weight throw Friday. Evans finished 12th with a mark of 16.87m/55-04.25.
The Wildcats begin competition Saturday with a number of both track events and field events at 10 a.m. The final event of the day for Kentucky will be the men's 3,000m run, raced by junior Luis Orta, who recorded the eighth fastest time in program history in the event last week at the Rod McCravy Memorial, finishing in 8:10.58.
A link to live results of Saturday's competition is available at UND.com. Results from day one of the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational are listed below. Below those results is a list of all the events UK athletes are scheduled to compete in Saturday, as well as the scheduled start time for the event.
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Notre Dame Meyo Invitational
Feb. 2-3, 2012
Women's Long Jump
4. Keilah Tyson - 6.08m/19-11.50
20. Kayla Parker - 5.57m/18-03.25
37. Candice Taylor - 5.12m/16-09.75
Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
4. Kayla Parker - 8.61q
Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
5. Darryl Bradshaw - 8.05q
20. Brandon Bagley - 8.25
37. Daniel Buckles - 9.34
Women's 60-Meter Dash
8. Tamyah Pipkin - 7.63q
-- Keilah Tyson - DNS
Women's Weight Throw
T14. Jennifer Svoboda - 16.47m/54-00.50
Men's 60-Meter Dash
31. Darryl Bradshaw - 7.16
33. Brandon Bagley - 7.17
Women's High Jump
4. Terri-Ann Grant - 1.70m/5-07.00
13. Joanne Imbert - 1.65m/5-05.00
Men's 5,000-Meter Run
1. Walter Luttrell - 14:14.35
Women's Distance Medley Relay
5. Kentucky - 11:31.07
Macumber, Whaley, Peare, Oswald
Men's Distance Medley Relay
3. Kentucky - 9:57.23
Neal, Keane, Scharold, Kahleifeh
Men's Weight Throw
12. Andrew Evans - 16.87m/55-04.25
Women's 1,000-Meter Run
10. Megan Broderick - 2:53.94
34. Katy Achtien - 3:09.24
Men's 1,000-Meter Run
13. Trent Halasek - 2:27.60
Saturday's Schedule of Events (all events are finals)
Women's 3,000-Meter Run - 10:00 a.m. ET
Men's 3,000-Meter Run - 10:00 a.m. ET
Women's One-Mile Run - 10:00 a.m. ET
Men's One-Mile Run - 10:00 a.m. ET
Women's 400-Meter Dash - 10:00 a.m. ET
Men's 400-Meter Dash - 10:00 a.m. ET
Women's 800-Meter Run - 10:00 a.m. ET
Men's 800-Meter Run - 10:00 a.m. ET
Women's 200-Meter Dash - 10:00 a.m. ET
Men's 200-Meter Dash - 10:00 a.m. ET
Women's Triple Jump - 10:00 a.m. ET
Women's Pole Vault - 11:00 a.m. ET
Women's Shot Put - 11:00 a.m. ET
Men's High Jump - 1:00 p.m. ET
Men's Shot Put - 1:30 p.m. ET
Men's Triple Jump - 2:00 p.m. ET
Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (Finals) - 2:40 p.m. ET
Men's 60-Meter Hurdles (Finals) - 2:50 p.m. ET
Women's 60-Meter Dash (Finals) - 3:20 p.m.
Men's 3,000-Meter Run - 4:25 p.m. ET