Kentucky's Oswald runs fastest 10K ever in SEC Championships

May 11, 2013 

University of Kentucky junior Chelsea Oswald ran the fastest 10,000 meters in Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships history, winning the event in 33 minutes, 38.35 seconds at Columbia, Mo., on Friday night.

Oswald also set the Walton Stadium record, and became the third-fastest Wildcat at the distance all-time.

"It is pretty special when somebody breaks an SEC record, especially when you consider how long this conference has existed and how many great athletes have competed here," Kentucky Coach Edrick Floreal said. "It shows how far she's come and how much she's accomplished throughout the year."

Friday marked the first time Oswald, from Medina, Ohio, attempted the 10,000 meters. Typically, she runs the 1,500, mile, 3,000 and 5,000.

"This is the first SEC Outdoor Meet of my career so I am just excited to be healthy and competing," Oswald said. "Every time I step on the track I'm excited to represent my team and UK because I would not have been able to do this without them."

Oswald's victory was worth 10 points for Kentucky, and Cally Macumber picked up two more by finishing seventh in the 10,000 meters with a personal-best 34:44.34. Macumber is now the fifth-fastest UK competitor at 10K all-time.

"As far as the team we still have a little bit of work to do to get better, and be able to compete at that level," Floreal said. "I think some people have made the transition. We just need more to do so."

Saturday's events

Kentucky's Raymond Dykstra's final throw of 235 feet, 1 inch gave him a second-place finish in the men's javelin. Texas A&M's Sam Humphreys was first with a throw of 257 feet, 1 inch.

Becky Famurewa finished third in the women's discus (170 feet, 5 inches) and Luis Orta was fourth in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:56.34).

UK's men enter Sunday's events seventh overall, and the women are ninth.

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