UPDATE: UK’S Daniel ties pole vault school record, track ends with18 wins  

The Wildcats earned 18 total event wins during two days of competition 

UPDATE POSTED 8 P.M. JAN. 15, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) — Keaton Daniel tied the University of Kentucky indoor pole vault record with the fourth-highest mark in the NCAA this season, 18-feet / 5.50 meters, and UK track and field Wildcats earned 10 individual event wins to highlight the final day of competition at the Jim Green Invitational.

The Wildcats won 18 events in total: eight on Friday and 10 on Saturday.

On the first day of competition, Abby Steiner ran a world-leading 200m time, 22.58, only two tenths of a second behind her co-collegiate record of 2.38 that she earned at 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Day Two 

Daniel’s impressive tied him with teammate Matt Peare for the school record, with Peare first achieving the record en route to winning the 2021 SEC Indoor Championships. Daniel also owns the outdoor pole vault record (18’08.25”). Peare is the reigning SEC Indoor PV Champion, and Daniel holds the outdoor conference title.

Highlighted by Daniel’s win, UKTF swept the field events on Saturday.

Molly Leppelmeier won the women’s shot put (50’2.5”/15.30) and Josh Sobota won the men’s shot put (62’11.5”/19.19m) for his first mark of the season.

Joseph Palmer earned first in the men’s triple jump (8’10.75”/14.90m).

UKTF went first and second in the men’s 60m with Lance Lang earning the top time (6.72), followed by Langston Jackson (6.77). Lang’s run was only .08 off his personal best/fifth-fastest 60m for Kentucky all-time.

Masai Russell ran a blazing personal best of 8.01 in the semifinals of the 60m hurdles, but finished second in finals (8.21) behind UK volunteer assistant coach and Purdue alumna, Devynne Charlton (8.01). Russell’s 8.01 is the third-fastest all-time for UK.

Senior Dylan Allen had an exceptional season debut in the mile, winning the race in 4:06.20.

In the women’s 60m, Kaylyn Heath and Shadajah Ballard earned second (7.44) and third (7.54).

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 10 P.M. JAN. 14, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) — Abby Steiner ran a world-leading 200-meter time, 22.58, to highlight the University of Kentucky track & field teams’ first day of the Jim Green Invitational. Wildcats earned eight event wins including impressive individual performances from Kennedy Lightner and Masai Russell, in addition to Steiner’s world-class run.

Saturday’s events begin at 11 a.m. ET with the women’s shot put and conclude with the 4x400m at 4:15. Fifteen teams, including Kentucky, will compete throughout the day.

Night One 

Steiner picked up where she left off late last year, winning the 200m in 22.58, only .20 off from her co-collegiate record 22.38 recorded in the gold-medal run at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Steiner’s time is fastest in the world so far early in this season considering performances registered on TFRRS and Tilastopaja as of Friday evening. Steiner’s early form suggests the historic times she ran during the championship portion of the last season are well within her sights. Even though the 200m is sparsely competed as an indoor event outside North America, Steiner’s first two competitions of the season are an ominous statement of intent, ability and potential.

Lightner won the 300m with a time of 32.75, the fifth-fastest in collegiate history and second-fastest in Kentucky history. He was previously the third-fastest 300m runner in Kentucky history after running 33.07 at the Cardinal Classic, but surpassed Lance Lang’s 33.04 to move into second all-time for UK.

Hurdler Masai Russell ran three events: the 60m, 60m hurdles and 200m. She finished second behind Steiner in the 200m with a personal best of 23.60, won the 60m hurdles prelims in 8.24 seconds and earned second in the 60m prelim race; an event she does not typically run. She will run in both the 60m and 60m hurdles semifinals on Saturday morning.

The first win of the night came from Michael Browning in the weight throw where he threw a personal best 63’11.85“/19.50m, improving upon his currently held sixth-best weight throw in UK history.

Dwight St. Hillaire impressed in the 200m, winning the race in 21.02 seconds.

Siobhan Szerencsits won the pole vault for the second meet in a row, notching a height of 13’9.25”/4.20m.

Senior Alexis Holmes won the 300m with a fast time of 37.37.

UKTF also won both the men’s and women’s distance medley relays. The women’s team featuring Rachel Boice, Karimah Davis, Phoebe McCowan and Tori Herman won with a time of 11:22.68.

The men’s DMR of Dylan Allen, Beck O’Daniel, Jacob Brizendine and Ethan Kern finished the race in 10:03.32.

Myles Anders was fastest qualifier in the 60m prelims (6.675) who narrowly beat out Lance Lang (6.678) for the top seed going into tomorrow’s semifinals.

Fans: What You Need to Know 

Admission is free. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in order the create the safest possible meet experience, masks are required, and only essential personnel will be permitted on the track and in the infield. Those permitted inside non-spectator areas include student-athletes, coaches and support personnel, officials and Kentucky staff as well as public safety officials.  

Fans may watch the meet from the bleachers and a roped-off area on the west side of Nutter Field House to watch the meet.

Free parking for the indoor meets will be available in the Green Lot adjacent to Nutter Field House and Kroger Field on Friday and Saturday.

Fans are urged to access parking lots from Cooper Drive or University Drive as College Way is seeing increased traffic due to community COVID testing.

PT Timing will provide live results for all events. You can find these at pttiming.com.

Concessions will also be available.

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