Kentucky women’s Track & Field is NCAA National Runner-up

EUGENE, Ore. – The Kentucky women’s track and field team finished as the National Runner-up, the program’s best-ever finish, at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships in front of 11,734 fans inside Hayward Field on Saturday.

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Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

Meet-host Oregon edged Kentucky 59-50. Texas A&M scored 47, Arkansas had 43 and Georgia was fifth with 41 points.

Seniors Kendra Harrison and Dezerea Bryant, the duo so responsible helping turn the Wildcats into a national track and field power, led UK on Saturday with each turning in their best performances as collegiate competitors.

Harrison won the 100-meter hurdles NCAA Title and Bryant won the 200m Championship with a time of 22.18, which is the non-altitude collegiate record and the second fastest wind-legal time in NCAA history.

Bryant edged hometown favorite Jenna Prandini in a photo finish, running a time which ranks No. 3 in the world this season. Bryant’s also defeated previous NCAA Champions Kamaria Brown (Texas A&M) who was third in 22.24 and Kyra Jefferson (Florida) who was fourth in 22.24. Bryant was the 2014 NCAA Indoor 200m Champion.

Harrison scored a team-high 18 points for the meet, as she finished as Silver Medalist in the 400m hurdles for the second year in a row. Her total was the second best of anyone at the meet behind only Prandini (24 – won 100m, second in 200m and third in long jump).

Bryant claimed the Bronze Medal in the 100m to finish with 16 points for the meet, which tied her with Arkansas’ Dominque Scott and Wisconsin’s Kelsey Card for the third most of any competitor at the NCAA Championships.

Harrison completed the 2015 NCAA short hurdles double as she won the 60m hurdles indoors in March. She ran 12.55, to become the third fastest woman in the history of the NCAA Championships. Her personal best of 12.50, at the Southeastern Conference Championships last month made her the third fastest woman in NCAA history at any meet, a place which she also holds in the 60m hurdles.

She also completed the 2015 season undefeated in short-hurdles races.

Harrison came agonizingly close to doing the NCAA 100m-400m hurdles double — which only Queen Harrison has done — with her Silver Medal performance in the 400m hurdles.

Coming back just 35 minutes after winning the 100m hurdles, Harrison led for much of the 400m hurdles race– considered by many to be the most excruciating event in the sport — and even over the final hurdle. But Texas A&M’s Shamier Little passed her in the dying moments to defend her NCAA Title with a world-leading time of 53.74. Harrison ran a personal best time of 54.09 as the two ran the Nos. 4 and 5 fastest times in collegiate and NCAA-Championships history.

Leah Nugent earned her first NCAA Medal, a Bronze, in the 400m hurdles as she and Harrison combined to score 14 points in the event. Nugent ran 55.82.

Rebecca Famurewa scored her first NCAA Championship points as she placed seventh in the discus with a mark of 181’9″/ 55.41m, for two points.

Keilah Tyson also scored her first NCAA Championship points, as she placed seventh in the 100m with a time of 11.21. With her two and Bryant’s six (third place), UK scored eight points in the 100m.

 

Sha’Keela Saunders soared to a lifetime best long jump to claim the NCAA Bronze Medal on Thursday. The mark was 22-feet,1.75 inches/6.75 meters to score six points.

Saunders, a sophomore, surpassed the Olympic A Standard as well as the standard for the 2015 IAAF World Championships: 22’1.75”/6.75m.
Raymond Dykstra scored five points in the men’s javelin, to lead the Kentucky men’s team to a 44th-place finish.

 

Points are earned at the NCAA Championships by individuals and relay teams earning top-eight finishes on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.

 

 

Saturday Track Events Round Results
Women 100 Meter Hurdles Final 1. Kendra Harrison: 12.55 (+1.8) – 10 pts
Women 100 Meter Dash Final 3. Dezerea Bryant: 11.01 (+3.1)
7. Keilah Tyson: 11.21 (+3.1)
Women 400 Meter Hurdles Final 2. Kendra Harrison: 54.09
3. Leah Nugent: 55.82
Women 200 Meter Dash Final 1. Dezerea Bryant: 22.18

 

Saturday Field Events Round Start List
Women Discus Throw Final 7. Rebecca Famurewa: 181’9”/55.41m18. Madison Jacobs: 166’2”/50.66m

 

Running Events Thursday Round Results
Women 4×100 Meter Relay Semifinal DQ: Kentucky
Women 100 Meter Hurdles Semifinal 1. Kendra Harrison: 12.59Q (+2.7)
Women 100 Meter Dash Semifinal 2. Dezerea Bryant: 10.99Q (+3.0)
5. Keilah Tyson: 11.09Q (+1.8)
Women 400 Meter Hurdles Semifinal 1. Kendra Harrison: 55.45Q
2. Leah Nugent: 56.36Q
Women 200 Meter Dash Semifinal 3. Dezerea Bryant: 22.38Q (+2.8)
21. Keilah Tyson: 23.52 (+2.8)
Women 4×400 Meter Relay Semifinal Ht 1: Kentucky: 3:35.27

 

Field Events Thursday Results
Women Long Jump 3. Sha’Keela Saunders: 22’1.75”/6.75m – 6 pts
23. Kenyattia Hackworth: 19’2”/5.84m (+2.9)

 

Field Events Round Results
Men Javelin Throw Final 4. Raymond Dykstra: 245’9″/74.90m – 5 points
Men Long Jump Final 22. Terence Boyd: 24’0.25”/ 7.32m (+2.1)
Men Shot Put Final 14. Bradley Szypka: 62’0.5”/18.91m

 

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