uk tracka 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (6/12/14) - Kentucky’s Sha’Keela Saunders finished as the national runner-up in the long jump to score eight points during the first day of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday.

The freshman who was the East Region Champion two weeks ago with a school-record mark of 21-feet, 1¼ inches/6.43 meters, equaled that mark on her third attempt. The jump proved to be her best of the evening as she reached 20-5¾/6.24m three times, and soared 20-11¼/6.38m on her final attempt.

“I jumped far at Regionals, but this performance showed that the strength is there. It wasn’t luck. I was hoping I could do it again just to prove to myself that I could break that barrior and move to the next level. It was a wonderful experience. "

“I had never heard such a loud echo on claps from the crowd for long jump. Usually people are looking at a race or something during long jump, and it’s hard to get their attention. I loved the crowd’s energy and it helped me.”

Saunders entered the final three attempts tied for the lead with Oregon’s Jenna Prandini, but the Duck sophomore recorded the winning mark of 21-6/6.55m on her fifth attempt.

Three Wildcats advanced to running-event finals Wednesday. UK sent five entries into preliminary competition Wednesday.

“Day one was pretty good,” head coach Edrick Floréal said. “We got two in the women’s 400m hurdles final, Keffri Neal into the 800m final and a freshman taking second in the long jump. I thought we had a chance to win the long jump, but when you’ve never been there before and you come out and score eight points it’s pretty special. Most people in that moment kind of fall apart, so I’m really proud of that effort.”

Two Wildcats advanced to the 400m hurdles final as Kendra Harrison was the top qualifier with a time of 55.56. Leah Nugent was third in her heat, but advanced on time in 57.15.

Keffri Neal cruised into the 800m final with a prelim-winning time of 1:49.30.

The Wildcats will get back into action Wednesday 5 p.m. ET as Madison Jacobs and Rebecca Famurewa will compete in the second flight of the women’s discus.

Allison Peare and Matt Hillenbrand will be in the women’s and men’s 1,500m prelims, Kayla Parker and Harrison will be in the 100m hurdles prelims and the women’s 4x400m relay will also attempt to qualify for the NCAA Final.

UK sprinter Dezerea Bryant scratched from the women’s 100m with a foot injury.

SurfKY News
Information provided by UK Athletics your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

1 DOW 17,084.49
+33.74 (0.20%)    
2 S&P 2,014.89
+1.46 (0.07%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,830.47
+19.68 (0.41%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

In Other News...

Burns Elementary to Host Fall Festival

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (10/9/15) — Burns Elementary School is hosting a Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 23. Dinner is served… Read More

DCMS to Host 'Boo Run Run' on Oct. 31

OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/9/15) — Daviess County Middle School is hosting its second annual Boo Run Run - a costume-themed 3K… Read More

Most Read This Week

October 06, 2015 4896

County Passes Occupational Tax Ordinance

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 4822

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results…

by SurfKY News
October 05, 2015 4146

Four Charged with Drug Offenses after Motel…

by SurfKY News
October 06, 2015 3835

Dawson Man Charged with Cultivating Marijuana,…

by SurfKY News
October 10, 2015 3379

25-Mile Car Chase on Pennyrile Ends in Two Arrests

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 13494

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 11547

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 10, 2015 3379

25-Mile Car Chase on Pennyrile Ends in Two Arrests

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 951

Travis Ipox Appointed as New Agency Manager of…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 946

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 895

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 750

OPINION: No Simple Answer to Violent Attacks

by Ron Sanders
October 09, 2015 709

2016 Kynect Open Enrollment Period Begins Nov. 1

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 649

Rider Killed in Motorcycle Collision with Bucket…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 615

LG&E, KU Utility-Scale Solar Facility…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 548

McConnell Comments on Court Decision Halting WOTUS

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 516

A.G. Conway Issues Statement Regarding Sixth…

by SurfKY News