By Jacob Most
April 24, 2013 -
PHILADELPHIA and SAN DIEGO and OXFORD, Ohio – The UK Track & Field teams will venture to what will be many of the Wildcats’ final competitions of the regular season this weekend.
Many Wildcats will make the trip to historic Franklin Field to compete in the 119th running of the Penn Relay Carnival, which begins on Thursday afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania.
The UK throwers will head to San Diego for the Triton Invitational on the University of California-San Diego campus, which begins on Friday.
The Miami Redhawk Invitational will take place on Saturday, April 27.
The Wildcats begin competition in Philadelphia on Thursday, with the 119th Penn Relays’ main event, the “USA vs. The World” events slated to occur on Saturday afternoon.
NBC will televise Saturday’s “USA vs. The World” events at the Penn Relays live from 12-2 p.m. CT as it will be the first stop of the 2013 USA Track & Field Championship Series. NBC Universal will also air live coverage of the meet from 2-4 p.m. CT following the “USA vs. The World” competition for four hours of live television coverage of Saturday’s action at Franklin Field.
Live streaming video coverage will be available at thepennrelays.com.
This weekend marks the last time the Wildcats will compete before the championship season starts at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship. This year’s SEC Championships will be held at the Audrey J. Walton Track Stadium at the University of Missouri in Columbia from May 9-12.
Kentucky will enter Wildcats in seven events at the Penn Relays on Thursday, perhaps most notably highlighted by the 2013 All-American, and school-record holding, distance medley relay team.
The UK women’s 4x100-meter relay team is scheduled to race at 1 p.m. ET. Three of the five fastest 4x1 times in UK history have been recorded in 2013.
Luis Orta, who was named Mr. Wildcat for the second consecutive season on Monday at the CATSPY Awards, will race in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 7:30 p.m. ET.
A signature Penn Relays wagon wheel plaque is awarded annually to each university relay winner.
UK has won two relay wagon wheels all-time at the Penn Relays, the 1996 sprint medley and the 1986 distance medley.
The Kentucky women’s track and field team moved up 17 spots to No. 24 in this week’s national rankings.
Kentucky returns to the outdoor top-25 for the first time since checking in at No. 21 in the 2010 preseason poll.
The Kentucky track and field program is currently running its third annual Shoe Drive. Supporters are encouraged to donate any type of shoes in any condition into collection bins located across the UK campus.
Shoe drive drop-off locations include the Johnson Recreation Center, Shively Sports Center (adjacent to Cliff Hagan Stadium) and CATS (attached to Memorial Coliseum).
The UK shoe drive runs until May 10, benefitting those less fortunate who lack access to adequate footwear.
Thursday Penn Relays Schedule (UK only)
10 a.m. – College Women’s 400-meter hurdles Championship
23. Shiara Robinson: 1:01.39
1:00 p.m. – College Women’s 4x100-meter Prelims
5:25 p.m. – College Women’s Distance Medley Relay Championship of America
6:20 p.m. College Women’s 4x400-meter Relay Prelims
7:30 p.m. – 3,000-meter Steeplechase Championship
Luis Orta, Mackay Wilson, Matt Hillenbrand
9 p.m. Olympic Development Women’s 5,000 meters Championship
Anna Bostrom, Hiruni Wijayaratne
9:20 p.m. – College Men’s 5,000 meters Championship