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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...

Everyday Heroes: Track star Josh Nadzam beats poverty, sets sights on life of service

Josh Nadzam graduated from UK in 2011 with the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. He followed by receiving the Masters Degree in Social Work in 2013 and he now lives in Lexington, where he is regularly involved in positive community initiatives (Photo Provided)   This story is included in Steve Flairty’s book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #4,” scheduled for release in 2015.   By...

Kentucky track, cross country star Oswald nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Kentucky track and field and cross country all-time great distance runner Chelsea Oswald was named one of the top 30 honorees from 446 school nominees for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.   Ten women from each of the three divisions make up the top 30, across multiple NCAA sports.   Chelsea Oswald is one of the top 30 nominees for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award (Photo from UK...

Wildcats add another Olympic champion as Johnson joins track and field coaching staff

The 2014-15 Kentucky track and field coaching staff will feature two Olympic Medalists and three former Olympians as Allen Johnson was announced as the program’s newest assistant coach on Thursday.   Johnson won the Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta in the 110-meter hurdles.   Johnson will work alongside head coach Edrick Floréal with UK’s sprinters, hurdlers, horizontal...

UK's Anderson golden in 110-meter hurdles, advances to World Junior Championships

Kentucky freshman Nick Anderson won the U.S. Junior 110-Meter Hurdles Championship, and earned a spot on the American team that will compete at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships on Sunday at Oregon’s Hayward Field.   Anderson was first across the line in 13.37 seconds (+1.7 wind), a personal best running over 39-inch hurdles (which are three...

Three UK freshmen competing this week in U.S. Junior Track and Field Championships

Madison Jacobs will represent the UK women’s team in the discus this week (Photo from UK Athletics)   Three Kentucky Wildcats will look to extend their freshman seasons at the United States Junior Track and Field Championships, which will take place July 5-6 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.   Madison Jacobs will represent the UK women’s team in the discus, while Nick Anderson...

Pair of Wildcats pick up medals in Canadian Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Two members of the Kentucky track and field team, Raymond Dykstra and Keffri Neal, picked up medals at this weekend’s Canadian Championships in Athletics, which were held in Montcon, New Brunswick.   Dykstra, a junior, won the Senior Canadian Javelin Championship with a new school-record mark 257-feet, 9 inches/ 78.58 meters. That mark bettered his previous personal-best throw, which came in...

Three Wildcats finish in top 10 in U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Leah Nugent placed 14th in the U.S. 400m hurdles semifinal as she ran 1:00.68, after clocking a 58.88 first-round time (Photo from UK Athletics)   The Kentucky track and field teams concluded the 2014 United States Outdoor Championships with three top-10 finishers, with two of them coming on Saturday in Sacramento, California.   Sha’Keela Saunders, a redshirt freshman, finished seventh...

Seven Wildcats competing this week at U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Seven members of the Kentucky track and field teams – five women and two men – will travel this week to Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State for the United States Outdoor Track and Field Championships.   The first Wildcat to compete will be senior Allison Peare in the 800 meters on Thursday at 7 p.m. Matt Hillenbrand will also take the track on Thursday for the first round of the...

UK women finish program-best seventh in NCAA Track and Field Championships

Kentucky’s women’s track and field team earned the best NCAA Outdoor Championships finish in school history, seventh overall with 26 points (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky’s women’s track and field team earned the best NCAA Outdoor Championships finish in school history, seventh overall with 26 points, on Saturday at Oregon’s Hayward Field.   The Wildcat men finished 15th...

UK pair take track medals; EKU's Bouchikhi earns All-America honor in 5,000 meters

Kendra Harrison was second in the 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA Track and Field Championships (Photo from UK Athletics) A pair of Kentucky Wildcats, Kendra Harrison in the 400-meter hurdles and Keffri Neal in the 800m, earned medals during the third day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in front of 10,104 at Oregon’s Hayward Field on Friday.   And in his final race as a Colonel,...

UK's Harrison, Peare qualify for NCAA Championship finals in hurdles, 1,500 meters

Allison Peare advanced to the NCAA 1,500m final for the first time in her career (Photo from UK Athletics) Kentucky sent two athletes into running-event finals on the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field Thursday.   Kendra Harrison, who advanced into the 400-meter hurdles final on Wednesday, then moved into the 100m hurdles final on Thursday....

UK's Saunders grabs national runner-up spot in long jump at NCAA Track Championships

UK’s Sha’Keela Saunders equaled her school record while finishing second in the long jump at the NCAA Track and Field Championships (Photo from UK Athletics) Kentucky’s Sha’Keela Saunders finished as the national runner-up in the long jump to score eight points during the first day of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday.   The freshman – who was the...

Wildcats enter NCAA Track and Field Championships favored in three events

Andrew Evans has the top discus throw this season (No. 7 in the world), a mark of 217-9/66.37m. He will compete in that event of Friday (Photo from UK Athletics) NCAA Track and Field Championship Website   The 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships commence for the fifth-ranked Kentucky women and the No. 17 men at Historic Hayward Field on Wednesday.   The UK women’s team enters...

Two Wildcats, assistant coach snag All-Region honors from U.S. Track and Field Association

Kentucky’s Kendra Bryant was named women’s Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association (Photo from UK Athletics)   The Kentucky Track and Field teams picked up three individual awards as the Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor season were announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross...

UK's Bryant qualifies for NCAA Track Championships in 100, 200 meter dashes

Dezerea Bryant captured the East Regional Championship with a 23.09 in the women’s 200 meter dash Saturday (Photo from UK Athletics) The University of Kentucky track and field teams saw eight more tickets punched to the 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday as the Wildcats had five runners, two relay teams and a discus thrower advance into the finals at the East...

Five more Kentucky runners qualify for 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships

Kendra Harrison punched her ticket to Eugene (Photo from UK Athletics) After four University of Kentucky track and field athletes booked their tickets to the 2014 NCAA Championships on Thursday night, five runners joined the championship field on Friday at the 2014 NCAA Track and Field East Regional Championships in Jacksonville, Fla.   At Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North...

Four Wildcats, two Cardinals advance to NCAA Track and Field Championships

Sha’Keela Saunders broke the UK long Jump record and qualified for the NCAA National Championship next month (Photo from UK Athletics)   A total of four Kentucky track and field performers and two from Louisville used the first day of the NCAA East Preliminary Championships to qualfy for next month’s NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore.   For UK, field athletes shined brightest...

Kentucky, Louisville to be well-represented in NCAA East Preliminary Track Championships

UK will have a record 25 entries in next weekend’s NCAA East Regional Track and Field Championships (Photo from UK Athletics) Both the Kentucky and Louisville track and field teams will be well-represented in next weekend’s 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Championships, set for North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., May 29-31.   The fifth-ranked Wildcats’ women’s...

Kentucky women fourth, men sixth in Southeastern Conference Championships

UK’s women’s track team finished fourth in the SEC Championships (Photo from UK Athletics) Kendra Harrison added two gold medals in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles to her hardware collection and 20 points on the final day of the 2014 Track & Field Southeastern Conference Championships Sunday hosted by the University of Kentucky.   The UK women finished in fourth place in the final...