The UK Track and Field team will be busy this weekend, as they travel across the country to participate in meets. The sixth ranked Kentucky women’s track and field teams, and the 24th ranked UK men’s track and field team will travel to the Penn Realys, the Triton Invitational and the Bellarmine Classic. The Penn Relays will be the main meet for the Cats this weekend while the UK throwers will head to the nation’s top meet for throwers in the Triton Invitational hosted by UC San Diego beginning on Friday. Other members of the team will compete at the Bellarmine Classic in Louisville on Saturday.
You can watch the Penn Relays live on Flotrack.com’s Flotrack Pro subscription service. They will broadcast all three days. Start lists and results are available at www.thepennrelays.com. This weekend will be the last time the Cats will participate in a meet before UK hosts the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships from May 15-18. It will be the first time UK host’s the SEC Outdoor Championships since 1996.
Keep track of all the Cats:
Penn Relays (4/24 – 4/26)
Triton Invitational (4/25 – 4/26)
Bellarmine Classic (4/26)
The Herald-Leader put a cool video that presents a first hand view from UK All-American diver Christa Cabot, as she demonstrates some of her dives.
The University of Kentucky along with Tates Creek High School was the host to Kentucky Relays over the weekend. The meet included universities from all over the country as well as high schools. It was an enourmous success for the Cats as many of their top athletes showed how good they were. Let’s look at the recap.
It was a big day for UK women sprinters, as they took home first in every sprint event. The top spot in the 100m hurdles belonged to Leah Nugent (with another UK athlete Kayla Parker coming in a close second), the 100m dash was won by Dezerea Bryant, and Alisha Adair won the 200m dash. The 4x100m team also won their event by beating Tennessee State’s team by over a second. Cross country star Cally Macumber won the mile in a time of 4:50. The lady Cats also had a few second place finishes to help the cause. Congrats Wildcats!
The men were led more by distance runners and field athletes in this meet. Sub-4 minute miler Matt Hillenbrand tried his hand at the 800m run and was very close to pulling out a victory. His time of 1:48.07 was very close to the winner’s (Indiana University Freshman Tretez Kinnard) time of 1:47.99. Andrew Evans easily won the Discus Throw by chucking it 199-08.00. The next closest mark was 179-05.00. The high jump was taken by freshman Justin Kretchmer, who jumped a height of 6-10.25. The javelin was another event that was taken by a Wildcat. Raymond Dykstra was the winner of the event by a large margin.
All in all, a good day for the Wildcat Track and Field team. Go Big Blue.
Glad to come back for another year. Have this empty feeling in my stomach time to get to work this summer with my brothers all business #BBN
— Dakari Johnson (@dslowmotion22) April 23, 2014
Guys leave Kentucky that aren’t ready & people complain, guys that would be ifs & stay people complain. Yes they have depth & competition
— Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) April 23, 2014
Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Karl Towns, Trey Lyles, Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress. Someone isn’t gonna be very happy next year.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 23, 2014
Yea, you are going to be pretty upset next year.
i get there’s a logjam, but there’s an irony in dogging cal for the one-and-dines, then predicting doom when guys stay in school.
— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) April 23, 2014
Alex Poythress is in a tough spot. Not ready for the NBA but stuck in a crowded frontcourt at UK. Harder decision to stay than most realize.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) April 23, 2014
Practice is gonna be CRAZY. 😁
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 23, 2014
Crazy Kentucky gets hated on for having too many 1 and done players and for too many people returning
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 23, 2014
Dakari Johnson smartly decides to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. What a frontcourt! Might have to elevate Cats to No. 1.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) April 23, 2014
Both Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson announced Wednesday that they would return to Kentucky next season. Alex Poythress announced via press release that he will return to Kentucky for junior season. Here is his statement:
“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I’m NBA-ready before I make that jump,” Poythress said. “By coming back, I’ll be so much closer to earning my degree in business and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level.”
John Calipari also released a statement about Alex’s decision on coming back:
“I’m excited for Alex and the decision he’s arrived at,” head coach John Calipari said. “I’m proud of the work he committed to this past season, on and off the floor, and think he’s ready to take that next step and lead this team next season.”
Dakari Johnson released this statement through UK on his announcement:
“This year has been for me a year of transition, growth and so much fun! I’ve learned a lot about myself personally through adversity and triumph which I know made me a stronger individual. I would like to thank my brothers (teammates) for pulling together and stepping up and taking the road that many don’t travel. What memories! I would like to thank Coach Cal and the staff for trusting and providing me the opportunity to grow and build on my skills. I’d like to wish Julius Randle and James Young all the best and personally let them know that they have a group of brothers who will always support them.
With that being said, I’m excited about having the option to either enter the 2014 NBA Draft or return to the University of Kentucky. After looking at the information provided to me by Coach Cal and the NBA committee, my family and I made the decision for me to return to UK for my sophomore year. Returning to school allows me to build on my leadership skills, improve my individual basketball strength and conditioning skills, and have another opportunity to accomplish one of my individual goals: winning an NCAA national championship in college. In addition, it will give me the opportunity to continue my studies because the ball will stop bouncing one day (shout out to Mike Stone). Big Blue Nation, I can’t thank you enough for your support, and I look forward to representing UK next year.” #StriveforNine
Both guys will be a part of a loaded frontcourt. UK will have seven guys 6-8 or taller, six top-40 recruits, five McDonald’s All-Americans and three skilled 7-footers. Kentucky is going to be stacked next year, but the Harrison Twins will hold the key to absolute greatness.
Eli Brown, an outside linebacker from Warren East, committed to Kentucky today. Brown chose Kentucky over Ohio State, Penn State, USC, Florida and Louisville. Brown is the 2nd best player in the state of Kentucky according to rival and is the 110th best player in the nation. In 2014, UK’s top-ranked Rivals football signee was Boom Williams who was the 118th best player in the nation. This is a big get for the Cats, and it proves once again that this programs is continuing its way up.
Guess its time to get the word out i am now committed to University of Kentucky!! #bbn
— Eli Brown (@32_brown) April 22, 2014
— UK Track and Field (@KentuckyTrack) April 20, 2014