Track & Field to Face First True Road Test at VT
By Jacob Most
Feb. 7, 2014 -
BLACKSBURG, Va. – For the first time in 2014 the Kentucky track and field teams will hit the road as the Wildcats will travel to Virignia Tech for the Doc Hale Elite Meet, which begins on Friday and runs through Saturday.
The UK women’s team checked in at No. 8 in the most recent USTFCCCA national poll, down two spots from the previous week after not competing this past weekend.
UK had a Wildcat selected as SEC Women’s Runner of the Week after each of the two meets the Wildcats have competed in this year.
Kendra Harrison picked up the honor last week after posting a time that (after last weekend) was tied for the world lead (7.96) in the women's 60-meter hurdles, and she anchored the (then) world-leading 4x400-meter relay time (3:33.35).
Impressively all the action came against stellar fields – the 60h included last year's national-runner up in the event, Tiffani McReynolds, as well as four of the top seven hurdlers in the nation at the time. Her 60H time was just .01 shy of the all-time collegiate top-10. Harrison and UK's win in the 4x400-meter relay came against defending NCAA Champion Oregon, a team which returned three of four legs from its 2013 indoor championship lineup.
Dezerea Bryant picked up the honor two weeks ago: (Jan 21), and she continues to hold the nation’s fastest 60-meter time (7.19 seconds) and ranks No. 2 in the nation in the 200 meters (23.04), both of which are school records.
She tied a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist (Tiana Bartoletta – USA 4x100m relay) to win the McCravy 60m and then was part of UK’s 4x400m relay winning team.
Bryant made one of the most memorable debuts in Kentucky track and field history last Saturday at the Kentucky Invitational, breaking two school records: one in nation-leading time and another as the No. 2 performance in the country this season.
Taking the Nutter Field House track for the first time, Bryant smashed former Olympic Bronze Medalist Passion Richardson’s 18-year-old 60m record (7.34) with a nation-leading and personal-best tying time of 7.19 seconds.
She then obliterated another UK record by crossing the 200-meter finish line in 23.04, posting the nation’s No. 2 performance in the process. Bryant’s 200m time bettered the previous UK record of 23.34, which had been held by Michelle Brown since 1997.
UK Friday Schedule
5 p.m. - Women Long Jump Flight 1
Men Weight Throw Flight 2
Men Long Jump
5:15 p.m. - Men 1 Mile
5:35 p.m. - Women 60m hurdles Prelims (5 Heats) - 8 Advance: Top 1 plus Next 3 Fastest
5:45 p.m. - Men 60m Hurdles Prelims (4 Heats) - 8 Advance: Top 1 plus Next 4 Fastest
5:55 p.m. - Women 60m Prelims – (3 Heats) 8 Advance: Top 1 plus Next 5 Fastest Times
6:25 p.m. - Women 800m
6:35 p.m. - Men 800m
7 p.m. – Women Weight Throw
Men Pole Vault (Unseeded)
7:35 – Men 60m Hurdles Final
7:45 – Women 60m Final
8 p.m. – Women 400m Invitational
8:15 p.m. – Women 200m (Open)
8:30 p.m. – Men 200m (Open)