Wildcats Set Three School Records at Florida Relays
April 4, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. and AUBURN, Ala. - Three University of Kentucky track and field records were set Friday at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. Junior Mary Chris Durham and freshman Samantha Stenzel set the varsity and freshman women's pole vault records while fellow rookie Luis Orta broke the freshman men's 3,000 meter steeplechase mark.
Orta posted a time of 9:00.27 to win the steeplechase competition by more than four seconds. The Wildcat's time qualifies him for the NCAA Mideast Regional in late May. Orta improved his time by over 12 seconds from two weeks ago to break the 19-year-old freshman standard of 9:01.18 set by George Yianellis, the current varsity record holder. Orta's performance ranks seventh all-time at UK.
In the women's pole vault, Durham matched the record of 12-1.50 set last season by Maggie Tincher. The height improved her personal-best outdoor mark by more than five inches. Stenzel improved her mark by half of a foot in two weeks by clearing 11-7.75, topping her old freshman record that she shared with Durham.
On the track, two seniors posted regional-qualifying marks.
Jose Acevedo placed tenth overall in the men's 400m dash with a personal-best finish of 46.82 to earn his NCAA mark. His time ranks ninth all-time in the UK annals. In the women's 800m run, Jessica Ortman earned her NCAA mark by clocking in at 2:08.82 to place fifth overall.
Sophomore Jazmyn Shorter entered UK's outdoor record books in the women's 400m dash. She crossed the line in a personal-best time of 55.64. Her finish ranks ninth all-time at UK.
Two other Cats posted top-10 finishes on the track Friday.
Senior Stephan Smith placed fourth in the men's 800m run, posting a time of 1:50.97. Meanwhile, junior Katherine Peterson took home seventh in the women's 5,000m run in a time of 17:16.65.
Competition at the Relays is an opportunity for the Cats to test out the track at Florida, the host of this year's SEC Outdoor Championships in May. Competition resumes Saturday with field events at 11:30 a.m. and running events at noon. Live results can be found at UKathletics.com
Only the men's and women's hammer throws and a men's discus invitational were contested Friday at Auburn's Tiger Track Classic.
Senior Ashley Muffet won the women's hammer throw title with a personal-best throw of 191-8 on her final attempt. The distance improves her third-place standing all-time at UK in the event.
Junior Kristin Smith finished second overall. Smith's first throw traveled 186-5 feet from the ring. Sophomore Emily Bernhardt placed seventh overall with a mark of 161-2.
Senior Alek Grietens finished sixth in the men's hammer with a throw measuring 186-2.
In the discus invite, senior Rashaud Scott clinched the title with a throw of 195-5 on his fifth attempt. Classmate Chase Madison placed second with a toss of 190-7 on his fourth throw. Sophomore Colin Boevers finished fourth with a distance measuring 175-0.
On Saturday, the men's discus standard competition and women's shot put begins at 2:30 p.m. ET followed by the women's discus and men's shot put. Live results will be available on UKathletics.com.
The Wildcat men hold the No. 6 position in the outdoor preseason United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll released Wednesday - the highest ranking in program history.
A full recap of the Cats' performances will be available on UKathletics.com after Saturday's competition.