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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...

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,...

UK runners named Mr. and Miss Wildcat to lead athletes recognized at Catspy Awards

  UK Athletics presented 24 honors at the 11th annual CATSPY Awards, held Monday at Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performance during the 2012-13 year. With co-winners in some categories, a total of four teams and 18 individuals were recognized.   Gymnastics and rifle were named Teams of the Year for their achievements. The gymnastics team posted the program’s highest-ever...

UK tracks stars had an ‘epiphany,’ and now their annual shoe drive is making great strides

The UK Track and Field Shoe Drive began when two distance runners had an 'epiphany' about all the shoes they wastefully threw away each year. (Photo from UK Track and Field Shoe Drive)   The third annual University of Kentucky Track and Field Shoe Drive is under way, through May 10, and organizers are intent on making this the biggest one yet.   Josh Nadzam Founded by former Wildcat track...

UK track standout Cally Macumber named SEC Cross Country Runner of the Year

Macumber finishes the SEC cross county championship. (UK Athletics photo by Michael Rivera)   UK runner Cally Macumber has a new award to pair with her Southeastern Conference cross country championship.   On Friday, she was named the SEC’s Cross Country Runner of the Year in a vote of the league’s cross country coaches. Macumber, a junior in cross country, is the first UK woman to...

UK athletes shoe drive brings more donations for Soles4Souls charity in drive's second year

One year ago, UK track and field and cross country runners Luis Orta and Josh Nadzam had an idea to start a shoe drive around the UK campus and Lexington area. By the end of the drive, the duo had collected 2,100 pairs of used shoes to donate to Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization in Nashville, Tenn. Year two was even better.   Orta, Nadzam and other members of the track and field and cross...

Local track and field stars shine at national champonships in Iowa

UK thrower Raymond Dykstra is a United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association First Team All-American. He’s also just a freshman.   Dykstra finished sixth in the javelin Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, earning the Wildcats’ men’s team three points.   A Second Team All-Southeastern Conference performer...

Men's and women's basketball players headline winners at UK's 2012 Catspy Awards

University of Kentucky Athletics presented 26 honors at the 10th annual CATSPY Awards, held Monday at Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performance during the 2011-12 year. With co-winners in some categories, a total of four teams and 23 individuals were recognized.   Men’s and women’s basketball were named Team of the Year for their achievements. The men’s team won the...

UK cross country team finishes season with top 20 finish at regional meet

The University of Kentucky men’s and women’s cross country teams each concluded their respective seasons Saturday with top 20 finishes at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville. The men’s team, racing in a 10,000-meter race, finished in 16th, while the women’s team, competing on a 6K course, finished 12th.   The men’s team was paced...

UK men's cross country finishes fourth at SEC tourney; Orta named all-conference

Paced by a fifth-place finish from Luis Orta in the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships, the University of Kentucky men’s cross country team finished fourth Monday, earning its highest finish at the conference meet since coming in third in 1992.   Orta, who ran the 8,000-meter race at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn., in 24:28.36, has finished in the top 10 overall...

UK cross country runner Luis Orta named SEC Men’s Runner of the Week again

For the second time in the first three weeks of the young cross country season, University of Kentucky junior Luis Orta has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Runner of the Week. Orta shares the honor this week with Alabama senior Carison Kemei.   Orta won the Tennessee Invitational on Saturday with a time of 25:07.34, defeating all other runners by over 17 seconds on the 8,000-meter...

UK cross country runner Luis Orta named SEC Men's Runner of the Week

University of Kentucky junior cross country runner Luis Orta has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Runner of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.   Orta won the season-opening Belmont-VU Opener on Friday with a time of 15:22.40, defeating all other runners by 4.53 seconds. The native of Caracas, Venezuela has led Kentucky with the fastest time on the team in six of Kentucky’s...