uk tracka 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (3/17/14) — The Kentucky women’s track and field team scored its most points ever at a NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing with 23 points for ninth place nationally Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The ninth-place finish earned the Wildcats their highest women’s team placement since 1989 when UK ended the meet eighth with the University’s previous all-time NCAA Indoor high score, 15 points.

The UK women’s team also finished inside the national top 10 for the second time ever, the other time being 1989.

Dezerea Bryant finished the NCAA Championships as the team’s high scorer having earned 18 points in two events. Saturday she came agonizingly close to pulling off the indoor short sprint double finishing runner-up in the 60-meter dash, a day after winning the NCAA 200m Championship.

Bryant ran the third fastest time in NCAA history, 7.12 seconds as she dropped a photo finish to Alabama’s Remona Burchell who clocked in at 7.11; the second fastest collegiate time ever.

Kendra Harrison placed fourth in the 60m hurdles. She was just .01 seconds off Arkansas State’s Sharika Nelvis’ winning time of 7.93. Baylor’s Tiffani McReynolds also ran 7.93 but lost on the photo finish, and LSU’s Jasmine Stowers was third with the same time as Harrison, 7.94.

Bradley Szypka made a major step forward in his career as he placed fifth in the shot put to earn the Kentucky men’s team’s only four points of the meet. The Wildcats’ men’s squad finished tied for 45th.

Szypka’s first two throws were well below his potential and he sat in ninth-place, on the bubble of making the final going into his third attempt. With the pressure on, Szypka connected for a personal best mark, 19.51m/64-0.25, which was his best of the meet and earned him his first points at a NCAA Championship.

Matt Hillenbrand placed 10th in the mile with a time of 4:08.01, completing an indoor season in which he won both the SEC mile and 3k titles, and was named Southeast Region Runner of the Year.

Allison Peare finished ninth in the women’s mile, clocking in at 4:47.33 in her first individual event at a NCAA Championship.

The women’s 4x400m relay team of Bryant, Leah Nugent, Sha’Keela Saunders and Kenyattia Hackworth finished 12th with a time of 3:37.69.

The Wildcats will begin the outdoor season next week at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Arizona.

SurfKY News
Information provided by UK Athletics

e-max.it: 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.

In Other News...

KSP Investigating Interstate Fatality

LYON COUNTY, Ky. (7/6/15) — According to a Kentucky State Police report, KSP are investigating the death of a… Read More

Mahr Park Planning Committee Meeting Cancelled

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/6/15) — The regular meeting of the Mahr Park Planning Committee scheduled for July 6, 2015 is… Read More
1 DOW 17,683.58
-46.53 (-0.26%)    
2 S&P 2,068.76
-8.02 (-0.39%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,991.94
-17.27 (-0.34%)    

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 15256

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 7802

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 4559

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 3766

KMA Reminds Motorists of New Kentucky Red Light…

by David Holt
June 30, 2015 3617

Earlington Man Faces Multiple Charges after…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45758

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 15256

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 05, 2015 1440

Hopkins County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
July 05, 2015 1430

More Dental Patients Using ER in Kentucky

by Al Cross
July 05, 2015 1195

4th Fest Ends with ‘a Bang’ of Music, Fireworks

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 06, 2015 1086

Man Accused of Choking Girlfriend, Threatening to…

by SurfKY News
July 04, 2015 1022

Recycling Equals Fun During iRecycling Regatta

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 737

Study: One Dose of HPV Vaccine Effective

by Melissa Patrick
July 05, 2015 726

Legislator's Log - Week of July 5, 2015

by Brent Yonts
July 05, 2015 691

July 4 Saturday on the Square Features Patriotic…

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 637

Hopkins Ham Radio Operators Link to World

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News