Kentucky track: UK christens new facility with 13 wins in Heart of the Bluegrass Classic

mmaloney@herald-leader.comApril 20, 2013 

Nothing unlucky about 13 where the University of Kentucky track and field team was concerned Saturday.

The Wildcats opened their new facility with the men's and women's teams each winning 13 of 18 events in the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic.

"It's kind of surreal. You plan it and you fine-tune it, and you have nightmares about everything going wrong," Coach Edrick Floreal said. "Then you have it and you're still having nightmares about 'I hope nothing goes wrong.' To watch it go well, to watch everything go on time, it's a pretty cool feeling to have."

The meet marked the first collegiate outdoor meet at UK since 1996.

Team scores were kept only for the high school portion of the event.

"It feels great. A lot of time and effort went into this track, and it looks so nice," said Cally Macumber, who won the women's mile in record time. "And a bunch of people came out and supported us. We just had a good day."

Macumber's time of 4:37.75 broke the record of 4:46.31 set on UK's old track in 1987 by Eastern Kentucky's Pam Raglin. UK graduate assistant Ann Detmer, a former All-American for Wisconsin, was runner-up in 4:39.35, trailed by UK's Chelsea Oswald in 4:40.84.

"All my teammates are pretty quick, and Ann Detmer was in the race as well," Macumber said. "So the plan was for me to take it out and, if I was falling back, for Chelsea to go ahead and push forward like midway. But I was feeling good, so I just kept going with it."

Becky Famurewa, a freshman from Brecksville, Ohio, was the UK women's big winner. She took the discus, shot put and hammer throw.

The Wildcat men had double-winners Keith Hayes (110, 400 hurdles), Kadeem Kushimo (100, 200) and Andrew Evans (discus, hammer).

Hayes and Kushimo also ran on the winning 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 relays.

"We should be proud to try to put this uniform on at the end of the week. We do all the work during the week," said Hayes, who lobbied Floreal to let him compete in four events. "I want to wear the uniform as much as I need to. I told him, 'If you need me to run the 4-by-8, I'll run the 4-by-8; if you need me to run the mile, I'll run the mile.' I just want to run. ... We actually got to put on a performance, so I wanted to be the center of attention at all times."

UK dominated the initial event, the women's 4-by-100 relay, led off by Tates Creek graduate Tamyah Pipkin.

"I get nervous before every race, no matter how big or small. So there's always nerves involved," Pipkin said. "And the fact that it is the first home meet in so long definitely adds to it. We have a lot of alums out to watch us."

Pipkin put UK in the lead. By the time anchor Keilah Tyson took the baton, there was no doubt the Cats would win.

"We all knew that this meet was extremely important. I'm so excited to get to be anchor on this relay. We've been working so, so hard," Tyson said. "And Coach 'Flo' been doing a lot for us. Just to get this new facility and be able to show what we've been working on all year is just a privilege, and we thank God that we're able to show everybody our talent at home."

High school highlights

Bryan Station's girls and North Hardin's boys dominated the team scoring.

Bryan Station swept the 4-by-100, 4-by-200 and 4-by-800 relays, and Camryn Stewart snared the discus.

Top individual in the girls' competition was Western Hills senior Alisha Adair. She blew away the fields in the 100, 200 and 400.

"Oh, my gosh, it's awesome," Adair said of the facility. "This track is fast."

Bryan Station's boys had a triple winner in Corey Williams — long jump, triple jump and high jump.

Sophomore teammate Balaji Ogbulu scored a double in the 100 and 200.

In the 100, Ogbulu edged North Hardin's Trevon Johnson, 11.01 to 11.02.

"It was a bad start, probably the worst I've ever had," Ogbulu said. "I got behind but I just started picking up my knees and got to the finish. Just kind of felt easy towards the end."

UK football recruit Ryan Timmons, a two-time defending state champ from Franklin County, placed third in 11.07.

"I'm upset that I lost; I don't like to lose," he said. "But I'm going to come back stronger and then next time I race it's going to be different."

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @markmaloneyhl. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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