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Former UK standout Nugent bows out of Olympics amid personal-best finish in 400-meter hurdles

Kentucky graduate Leah Nugent ran the race of her life at the Rio Olympic Games Thursday, finishing sixth in the 400-meter hurdles with a lifetime best time of 54.45. Nugent recovered from a reaction time of 0.226, eighth fastest in the field, to get back into contention through the middle portion of the race. She held on through the final straight for sixth place in her first Olympic Games. Leah Nugent...

Camacho-Quinn, Sorrillo narrowly miss making the Olympic finals in track and field

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn showed her talent and potential over eight hurdles in the Olympic 100-meter hurdles semifinal. Then Kentucky track and field fans and the sporting world more broadly were reminded just how unforgiving the hurdles are as an event Wednesday.

 Camacho-Quinn who completed her spectacular freshman season by representing Puerto Rico in Rio, was disqualified in the second semifinal...

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...

Former UK track and field standout Kendra Harrison shatters world record in 100-meter hurdles

Former Kentucky track and field standout Kendra Harrison broke the 28-year-old world record in the 100-meter hurdles, winning the Diamond League London Anniversary Games Friday at the Olympic Stadium.   Harrison blitzed the world-class field, running 12.20 (+0.3) to break Yordanka Donkova’s previous world record of 12.21 from 1988. Kendra Harrison Harrison blitzed the world-class field, running...

Kentucky junior Seymour claims gold medal in NACAC track and field championships

Kentucky track and field junior Kiah Seymour claimed the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles and as part of Team USA’s 4x400m relay to conclude the North American, Central American, and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships on Sunday. Members of the Kentucky track and field team claimed four gold medals at event as Seymour won double gold on Sunday. Beckie Famurewa, also...

Six former and current UK runners to compete in Rio Olympics; Hack enjoys U.S. Open debut

Kentucky finished competing in the Olympic Trials with six current and former Wildcats qualifying for events at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next month. The 2016 NCAA 110-meter hurdles silver medalist Nick Anderson ran 13.95 in the semifinals of his first United States Olympic Track and Field Team Trials on Saturday at Hayward Field. A mix of six former and current UK runners will compete...

Olympic Trials: Four current, former Wildcats advance to track and field semifinals

Four Kentucky Wildcats — two from the current team and two alumni — advanced to the next round of the United States Olympic Team Trials before 21,835 track and field fans at Hayward Field on Thursday. Kentucky’s highly-touted short hurdlers Keni Harrison (Class of 2015) and freshman Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, along with 400-meter hurdles junior Kiah Seymour moved on to Friday’s semifinal round...

Former Kentucky track and field standout Leah Nugent qualifies for Olympics in 400-meter hurdles

Leah Nugent made the Jamaican Olympic Team on Friday night, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles final with a personal best time of 55.44 at the Jamaica National Stadium. Nugent, who graduated in 2015, trains in Lexington under coach Edrick Floreal’s direction. Leah Nugent qualified for the Olympics last weekend Nugent was NCAA Bronze Medalist in the 400m hurdles in 2015, behind Shamier Little...

Former UK golfers Holmes, Parker competing in U.S. Open; track and field runners honored

Former Kentucky men’s golfers J.B. Holmes and Chase Parker are among the field for the 116th U.S. Open Championship this year at the Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh set for June 16-19. Holmes, currently ranked No. 19 in the world, will compete in the seventh U.S. Open of his career. His best finish came in 2014 when he tied for 17th overall. Holmes has four career PGA Tour victories and has...

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn makes history, leads UK to 11th-place finish in NCAA Championships

Kentucky track and field standout Jasmine Camacho-Quinn became the first freshman in history to win the NCAA 100-meter hurdles Championship leading the Wildcats to an 11th place finish with 25 points, on Saturday at Oregon’s Hayward Field. Arkansas won the NCAA Championship with 72 points. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn became the first freshman in history to win the NCAA 100-meter hurdles championship leading...

Kentucky women send five runners to finals of NCAA Track and Field Championships

The second-ranked Kentucky women’s track and field team advanced to five running finals, which will take place on Saturday, at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in front of 9,027 fans at Oregon’s Hayward Field on Thursday. The Wildcats will have six scoring opportunities to score points on Saturday, the final day of the meet. The women’s team is off Friday, when the men’s competition concludes. ...

Thomson sixth in 10,000 meters as UK opens meet with six points in NCAA Championships

Jacob Thomson placed sixth in the NCAA 10,000 meters NCAA Championship final to score three points for the Kentucky men’s track and field team on Wednesday in front of 9,201 fans at Oregon’s Hayward Field. Thomson, a sophomore who won the Southeastern Conference 5k and 10k last month, ran 29:13.73 to score the first points in the NCAA meet. Jacob Thomson placed sixth in the NCAA 10,000 meters...

UK track and field teams set to compete in NCAA outdoor championships

The Kentucky track and field teams begin the NCAA Outdoor Championships Wednesday at Oregon’s Hayward Field. The meet will run through Saturday. The Kentucky women’s team enters the NCAA Championships ranked No. 2 in the United States Track & Field and cross Country Coaches Association rankings. UK qualified 17 entries to the meet, the second most of any team. UK will have 23 qualifiers to...

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 pitcher Nunley named first-team All-American; Camacho-Quinn top freshman runner in SEC

Kentucky softball standout Kelsey Nunley made more program history on Wednesday, becoming the first player in UK history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association first-team All-American. Nunley, who was crowned the 2016 Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year, joins current assistant coach Molly Johnson-Belcher as the two All-Americans in Kentucky’s program, with Johnson-Belcher...

Former UK track and field standout Harrison breaks U.S. record in 100-meter hurdles

Former Kentucky Track and Field standout Kendra Harrison broke the American record running 12.24 (+0.7) in the 100-meter hurdles to win at the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic on Saturday. The 2015 NCAA champion broke the American record of 12.26 held since 2013 by Brianna Rollins – who went on to win the IAAF World Championship that year.

Four UK participants advance in NCAA Track and Field championships; Tennis duo advances

Four Wildcats advanced on to the NCAA National Championships by virtue of the top-12 finishes at the NCAA East Preliminary Championship on Thursday at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium. Kentucky had 10 places (qualified in four spots – two men, two women) in the NCAA Championships field available on Thursday. Eight Wildcats advanced from preliminary races into quarterfinals, which...

Kentucky track and field teams set to compete in NCAA East Preliminary Championships

The NCAA Championships begin Thursday for the Kentucky track and field teams. The Wildcats will compete Thursday through Saturday at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium. The name of the game at the preliminary championships is advancing to the national championships finals site. Kentucky track and field will compete in the NCAA prelims this...

UK women’s track and field team places 3rd in SEC; baseball team swept by Ole Miss

The Kentucky women’s team finished third behind Arkansas and Texas A&M at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships for the second year in a row on Saturday at Alabama’s Sam Bailey Stadium. Arkansas won with 126.75 points. Texas A&M edged Kentucky 82-80 for second place. Tennessee was fourth with 76 points, and LSU was fifth with 75. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn win the 100-meter hurdles...

Famurewa, Thomson capture individual titles to kick off SEC Track and Field Championships

Senior captain Beckie Famurewa started the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in ideal fashion for the top-ranked Kentucky women’s team. On the men’s side, sophomore Jacob Thomson followed Famurewa’s lead and won the men’s 10k on Thursday at Alabama’s Sam Bailey Stadium. Famurewa won the hammer throw with a mark of 210-feet, 1 inch-64.05 meters. She scored 10 points. ...