Kentucky will be represented by nine athletes at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which begin Wednesday at Des Moines, Iowa.
For the men, senior Colin Boevers competes for the second year in a row in the discus. He finished ninth and earned All-America honors last season. Joining Boevers will be junior Keith Hayes in the 110-meter hurdles, senior Keenan Hall in the triple jump and senior Sharif Webb in the 800.
The UK women will be led by senior Mary Angell in the discus, senior Jenna Martin in the 400 and junior Precious Nwokey in the heptathlon. UK's 4-by-400 relay team of Martin, Nwokey, senior Jazmyn Shorter and sophomore Shiara Robinson will also be competing.
■ Kentucky's swimming and diving team named former UK swimmer Derek Perkins its new sprint coach Tuesday. Perkins had been serving in a similar capacity at Clemson the past two years.
Perkins, a Georgetown native, graduated from UK in 2003 and swam under Coach Gary Conelly, who he will now assist as a coach.