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Fast times at Kentucky’s McCravy meet get indoor season rolling

Kentucky junior Ariah Graham beat Florida senior Claudia Francis to the finish to win the 800 meters.
Kentucky junior Ariah Graham beat Florida senior Claudia Francis to the finish to win the 800 meters.

The University of Kentucky's annual Rod McCravy Memorial track and field meet wrapped up Saturday having produced six results that stood as the best in the world this year.

Despite Lexington's big snow, the 2016 McCravy field included six World Championships participants, 30 NCAA individual championships and hundreds of All-America honors inside the Nutter Field House.

In addition to the six world-best results, they generated six NCAA-leading times and 26 NCAA top-five marks.

Click here to view the complete meet results.

Former UK standout Kendra Harrison — a finalist for the Herald-Leader’s 2015 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year award — opened her first full season as a professional with a victory in the 60-meter hurdles. Both her preliminary time of 7.86 seconds and her finals clocking of 7.83 bested the 7.87 she ran to win the NCAA Outdoor Championships last May. Her two times Saturday ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world this young year.

Trayvon Bromell, a recently turned pro World Championships medalist who trains at Baylor, ran a world-leading time of 6.54 in the 60 meters.

The other three world-best times came in the relays: Florida’s men’s and women’s 4-by-400-meter relays and Indiana's men’s distance medley.

Virginia’s Filip Mihaljevic posted an NCAA-best shot put of 67 feet, 10.75 inches. Georgia’s Keturah Orji produced the NCAA-leading triple jump of 44-5.50.

Marquise Goodwin, a wide receiver for the NFL's Buffalo Bills and a 2012 Olympian, won the long jump with an American-leading and world No. 2 mark of 26-2.75 on Friday.

Also on Friday, Kentucky’s Sha’Keela Saunders, the long jump world leader entering the meet, recorded the third-best jump by anyone in the world this year, at 21-5.25.

Other winners from UK included junior Ariah Graham, who ran a 2:04.64 in the 800 meters, third-best in the NCAA this year and an indoor school record. Junior Xaivier McCallister won the high jump with a leap of 7-0.25.

Tim Duckworth completed the best heptathlon of his young career, scoring 5,695, the second-best score in the nation this year.

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