Trimble Sets UK Women's Heptathlon Record at Sea Ray Relays
April 9, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Kentucky multi-event specialist Ashley Trimble continued her outstanding senior campaign by breaking the school record in the women's heptathlon at the Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee at the Tom Black Track inside LaPorte Stadium on Thursday.
Trimble accumulated 5,438 points and beat out eight competitors to claim first place in the two-day event to enter her name into the UK annals. She finished first in five of the seven events with titles in the 100m hurdles, shot put, 200m dash, javelin and 800m dash. Trimble also placed second in the long jump.
The Columbus, Ohio, native now owns both UK multi-event records with the outdoor heptathlon and indoor pentathlon standards. Last month at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Trimble set the pentathlon varsity record with an All-America performance.
Trimble was one of four UK athletes to enter the record books in the multi-events.
Freshman Precious Nwokey finished fifth overall in the heptathlon. She placed second in the 200m dash to Trimble and posted two third-place performances in the high jump and 800m run. Altogether, Nwokey's 4,538 points places her sixth on the Kentucky all-time list in the event.
In the men's decathlon, freshman Kevin Carney placed third with 6,087 points, good for seventh all-time at UK. The rookie used five top-five finishes to amass his final tally. Carney finished second the 1,500m run, third in the shot put and fourth-place finishes in the high jump, discus and javelin.
Classmate Imani DuPerry took home eighth place with 5,488 points. He recorded four top-five finishes for his score that ranks eighth all-time at UK. DuPerry finished second in the 400m dash, third in the 110m hurdles and placed fifth in both the high jump and 1,500m run.
The women's hammer throw was the only other event contested Thursday night. Junior Kristin Smith finished 10th in the hammer invitational with a throw of 168-9. The Wildcat men hold the No. 9 position in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll released Wednesday. Last season, the UK men placed ninth nationally at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Cats' best finish in the 87-year history of the championships, with three medalists and seven All-America honorees.
Besides the ninth-ranked Wildcats, athletes from No. 24 Louisville and the ninth-ranked host Volunteers will compete this weekend. On the women's side, athletes will represent several ranked squads including No. 2 Virginia Tech, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Tennessee, No. 17 South Carolina and No. 24 Louisville. Other schools include Connecticut, Indiana, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, San Diego State, Seton Hall, Villanova and West Virginia.
Remaining field events begin Friday at 12:15 p.m. while running events start at 1:45 p.m. On Saturday, field events start at 9:15 a.m. and running events get out of the blocks at 12:40 p.m. Live results can be found at UKathletics.com.
A full recap of the Cats' performances will be available on UKathletics.com after both days of competition.