UK Sets Six Qualifying Marks on First Day of Sea Rays
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Ė The Kentucky track and field squads notched six NCAA regional-qualifying marks Friday to highlight a successful first day at the 41st annual Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee at the Tom Black Track.
Sophomore distance runner Taylor Miller (Owensboro, Ky.) notched a personal-best and regional-qualfying time of 16:50.30 to finish fifth in the womenís 5,000 meter run. It marks the eighth-best 5,000-meter time in school history. Sophomore Mikel Thomas (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished seventh in the menís 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best mark of 52.51, the seventh-best time in school history.
Freshman sprinter Jenna Martin (Nova Scotia, Canada) notched a regional-qualifying time of 54.21 in the womenís 400 meter run, while senior distance runner Georganne Way (Lititz, Pa.) had a season-best time of 2:08.75 to finish third in the womenís 800 meter run.
Sophomore thrower Ashley Muffet (North Canton, Ohio) had a regional qualifier in the womenís hammer throw with a toss of 187-7, which is the second-best mark in school history. It bested her previous mark of 186-6 that was recorded last season at the Titan Invitational in San Diego. Fellow thrower Emily Bernhardt (Marietta, Ga.) won the womenís open hammer throw with regional-qualifying toss of 181-0.
Junior Luis Luna (Bariquisimeto, Venezuela) notched a regional-qualifying mark in the menís 400 meter dash with a mark of 47.03 in the finals, which is a UK best in that event this season.
Freshman distance runner Katherine Peterson (Louisville, Ky.) also had a strong day, notching a collegiate-best time of 10:12.30 in the womenís 3,000 meter run
The final day of the Sea Ray Relays commences Saturday at 9:15 a.m. EDT. Live results will be available at http://utsports.cstv.com/sports/m-track/sea-relays/07/index.html.