Kentucky’s women, ranked No. 8 in the preseason poll for track and field, picked up three first-place finishes in the Kentucky Invitational on Saturday at Nutter Field House in Lexington.
Sophomore Katy Kunc won the mile in 4:56, freshman Kianna Gray took the 200-meter dash in 23.86, and junior Sha’Keela Saunders prevailed in the triple jump (13.20 meters).
Saunders’ triple jump was a personal best, and it ranks second in the nation this year. The jump was 4 inches better than her previous best.
Sophomore Jacklyn Howell started the day with a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.36 seconds. Teammate Destiny Carter, a junior, followed with a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash.
On the men’s side, Nick Anderson won the 60-meter hurdles in 7.92 seconds, and Jacob Thompson was second in the mile in 4:09. At 800 meters, the UK duo of Lou Styles and Shane Dillon finished second and third, respectively. Fred Dorsey took second in triple jump with 14.36-meter effort.
The meet got started on Friday night with a UK sweep in the distance medley relay. On the women’s side, the team of Michelle McKinney, Ariah Grahm, Precious Hitchcock and Caroline McCaslin edged Central Florida with a time of 11:32.35.
For the men, Dillon, Styles, Gabe Harm and Ian Jones ran a 9:57.85 to defeat Ohio State by two seconds.
Next up for the Cats is the Rod McCravy Memorial next weekend at Nutter Field House.