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Olympics: Nugent advances to 400-meter finals; Camacho Quinn, Sorrillo reach semifinal round

Kentucky Track and Field graduate Leah Nugent qualified for the 400-meter hurdles final while representing Jamaica at her first Olympic Games Tuesday. The 2015 NCAA and Southeastern Conference Bronze Medalist ran a personal-best 54.98, placing third in the third and final semifinal. She had the seventh fastest time of the semifinal round. Leah Nugent will compete in the final round in the 400-meter...

Floreal leaves UK men’s basketball team, joins father’s track and field squad

EJ Floreal announced Tuesday his intent to compete for the Kentucky track and field program, coached by his father Edrick Sr. Floreal played on the Kentucky men’s basketball team the past three years. An elite athlete with a decorated prep career on the track, Floreal will have two years of eligibility remaining in track and field. He will no longer play on the Kentucky basketball team. E.J. Floreal...

UK’s Camacho-Quinn, Floreal honored by U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association

Kentucky track and field freshman Jasmine Camacho-Quinn was named Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year and coach Edrick Floreal repeated as Southeast Women’s Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Camacho-Quinn, a redshirt freshman from North Charleston, South Carolina, won the Southeastern Conference title in the 100-meter hurdles and...

UK's Floreal named Southeast Region Coach of the Year; Harrison also earns recognition

Kentucky track and field head coach Edrick Floréal has been named 2015 Southeast Region Coach of the Year and Kendra Harrison repeated as Southeast Track Athlete of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced.   UK track and field coach Edrick Floréal (UK Athletics Photo) Floréal, in his third year heading the Kentucky program, qualified 13 entries...

UK's Floréal will lead USA men's track team at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing

Kentucky track and field head coach Edrick Floréal has been appointed the head coach of Team USA’s men’s delegation at the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships, USA Track and Field announced.   The 2015 World Championships will be held Aug. 22-30 in Beijing, China at Beijing National Stadium, affectionately known as the “Bird’s Nest”.   “Representing...

UK women's track and field team starts season with highest ever preseason ranking

The Kentucky women’s track and field team will open the 2014 indoor season as the nation’s No. 6 team – the highest rating in school history – as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association unveiled its preseason rankings on Monday.   UK’s previous best USTFCCCA ranking was No. 15 early in the 2008 season, the first year of the poll. UK’s prior highest...

E. J. Floreal brings Olympic pedigree to UK
as freshman walk-on, son of track coach

E. J. Floreal is no stranger to stacked rosters.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] His father, UK track and field head coach Edrick Floreal, brought in 49 new athletes to his program this year. Comparatively, E. J.’s inclusion in the UK men’s basketball team’s nine-member freshman class does not seem as daunting.   Floreal joins the basketball team as a walk-on,...

Track and field Wildcats earns All-American honors after NCAA Outdoor Championships

Eight Kentucky track and field Wildcats were named All-Americans, the United States Track and Field Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association announced Monday.   Three Wildcat men were named to the First-Team and five Wildcats were awarded Second-Team accolades.   Raymond Dykstra (javelin throw), Andrew Evans (discus throw) and Keith Hayes (110-meter hurdles) earned First-Team...

Son of UK track and field coach announces he will walk on to men's basketball team

The UK men’s basketball team has added a new player to the 2013-14 roster.   E. J. Floreal, son of UK track and field coach Edrick Floreal, will be a non-scholarship walk-on for the men’s basketball team next season. He announced the news via Twitter.   Floreal is a 6-foot-5 forward from Palo Alto, California. He played his senior season at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in...

UK track and field program on the rise after Floreal's first season as head coach

  When Edrick Floreal left Stanford, one of the nation’s top track and field programs, to lead UK, he did not mince words when describing his goals.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “A friend of mine said, ‘sucking is not something I want to ease out of.’ I’m not interested in easing out of what we are at UK,” he said during his introductory news...

UK track and field program on the rise
after Floreal’s first season as head coach

  When Edrick Floreal left Stanford, one of the nation’s top track and field programs, to lead UK, he did not mince words when describing his goals.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “A friend of mine said, ‘sucking is not something I want to ease out of.’ I’m not interested in easing out of what we are at UK,” he said during his introductory news...

UK track-sponsored shoe drive third annual tally blows away totals of previous two years

The final count for the third annual shoe drive originated on the University of Kentucky campus by track stars Josh Nadzam and Luis Orta is in, and the tally is impressive.   A grand total of 6,000 pairs were collected this spring, easily outdistancing the total of 2,100 pairs in 2011, and the 2,900 pairs collected one year ago.   Nadzam, a UK graduate and former track and field standout,...

New UK track and field complex opened

The UK Track and Field program welcomed fans, coaches and friends of the athletic department to the grand opening of the new state-of-the-art outdoor track and field facility on Friday.   “Our new outdoor track will help us attract some of the best student-athletes in the nation as we aim to compete at the highest levels of intercollegiate competition,” UK track and field head coach...

Edrick Floreal not interested in easing out
of mediocrity in building UK track program

Last season the UK men finished seventh and the UK women finished 12th in the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Meanwhile, the Stanford men placed eighth and the Stanford women placed 14th nationally.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] So why would the Stanford head coach leave California for UK?   “I guess that the different part is beauty is in...

Edrick Floreal not interested in easing out of mediocrity in building UK track program

Last season the UK men finished seventh and the UK women finished 12th in the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Meanwhile, the Stanford men placed eighth and the Stanford women placed 14th nationally.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] So why would the Stanford head coach leave California for UK?   “I guess that the different part is beauty is in...