It seems like there isn’t a sport on Kentucky’s campus right now that isn’t reaching new heights–well except for the obvious…
But there is no time for basketball talk when the Kentucky Wildcats Track and Field Team is hauling in multiple gold medals at the 2021 Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships down in College Station, TX.
It was a day of firsts on Saturday during the SEC Outdoor Championships at E. B. Cushing Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M. Kerntucky’s Charles Lenford Jr. earned the first SEC medal of his collegiate career, taking gold in the discus throw. The senior threw his platter a personal-high of 195’6”/59.58 meters, beating out his Wildcat teammate, Josh Sobota, who was able to take home the bronze medal.
— UK Track & Field (@KentuckyTrack) May 16, 2021
“It’s been a long time coming, honestly,” Lenford Jr. said, according to UK Athletics. “I’ve been in the SEC for five years and it feels really good for this to be my last SEC Championships winning the Gold … I put in so much work. I feel like I worked the hardest I ever could have.
“Obviously, I worked hard all five years I’ve been here, but I feel like this year especially was really hard. I had to lock in every single day and really try to do my best every single time I came out to the track. It feels good to know all those times I was sweating in the gym, I finally came out with something to be happy about.”
— UK Track & Field (@KentuckyTrack) May 15, 2021
Elsewhere, redshirt freshman Keaton Daniel topped his own school record in the pole vault by nearly eight inches, clearing 18’8.25”/5.70m, which also broke the facility record. His vault tied him for the third-highest of the outdoor season.
The men’s 4×400-meter relay featured the third and final gold of the championships for Kentucky on Saturday, as the squad broke both a school and facility record with a time of 3:01.71. That time marked the fourth-fastest of the outdoor season by any program.
Three gold medals pushed Kentucky to its highest finish at the event since 1995, ending the day in fifth place with 70 total points. Along with the medal finishes, here’s how the rest of the Wildcats did on Saturday.
Men’s 4x100m relay (Kennedy Lightner, Lance Lang, Rodney Heath Jr., Dwight St. Hillaire), 39.29, tied for No. 6 on the UK all-time list
Dwight St. Hillaire, 400m, 45.12
Lance Lang, 100m, 10.07w (+3.2)
Lance Lang, 200m, 20.08 – school record
Faith Ross, 100m hurdles, 12.92w (+3.6)
Kenroy Williams, 400m hurdles, 50.86
Dalton Shepler, pole vault, 16’8.75”/5.10m – No. 9 on UK all-time list
Joseph Jardine, pole vault, 16’8.75”/5.10m – No. 9 on UK all-time list
Masai Russell, 100m hurdles, 12.93w (+3.6)
Women’s 4x400m relay (Faith Ross, Dajour Miles, Masai Russell, Megan Moss), 3:33.26
Tai Brown, 110m hurdles, 13.57w (+2.7)
Molly Leppelmeier, discus throw, 166’8”/50.81m
Tori Herman, 1500m, 4:20.06
Faith Ross, 400m hurdles, 58.22