UK TF’s Hillenbrand & Kahleifeh Post PR 1,500M times at IU
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Kentucky track and field team’s Matt Hillenbrand and Adam Kahleifeh finished second and fifth with respective 1,500-meter personal best times of 3:44.66 & 3:45.99 at the IU Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday.
Hillenbrand was the top collegiate finisher in the race.
Friday’s race was Kentucky’s final tune-up for the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which begin Thursday, May 9.
Hillenbrand's time is the second-fastest 1,500M performance by a Southeastern Conference competitor this season. Kahleifeh’s time ranks No. 8 in the conference. Keffri Neal posted No. 3 SEC time over 1,500 meters at the Stanford Invitational earlier this season.
The conference championships will be held at the Audrey J. Walton Track Stadium on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia from May 9-12.
Kentucky will enter the SEC Championships defending one individual championship, as Andrew Evans claimed the event title last season in Baton Rouge, La. UK has claimed the last five SEC discus titles with Chase Madison, Rashaud Scott and Colin Boevers also having claimed conference titles over the past five seasons.
The Wildcats will also send two 2013 SEC indoor champions in the form of Cally Macumber (3,000 meters) and Hillenbrand (mile) to Missouri next week.
Raymond Dykstra, a 2012 All-American, was SEC javelin runner-up last season. Luis Orta was 2012 SEC 3,000-meter steeplechase runner-up and 2012 SEC indoor runner of the year.
Next week’s SEC meet begins the championship portion of the outdoor season.
The NCAA East Preliminary Championships are scheduled to be held in Greensboro, N.C. May 23-25, and the NCAA Outdoor Championships will take place June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
Kentucky’s top-3 1,500-meter performances this season all rank inside the East Region top-48 threshold, which is the qualifying standard for a NCAA East Preliminary Championship berth.
The Kentucky track and field program is currently running its third annual Shoe Drive. Supporters are encouraged to donate any type of shoes in any condition into collection bins located across the UK campus.
Gators Close Out Regular Season with 10 Top-10 Finishes at FSU
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Nine Gators turned in 10 top-10 tallies as a small contingent competed at the Seminole Twilight at Mike Long Track on the campus of FSU.
Sophomore jumper Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) captured the men's long jump title with his leap of 8.00m/26-3 and added to his evening by nabbing a runner-up finish in the men's triple jump with a mark of 15.49m/50-10, just an inch and a half short of his season's best.
2011 SEC Champion in the women's javelin Fawn Miller (Stoneboro, Pa.) registered a season's best performance, throwing 52.67m/172-9 to finish second overall in the event heading into the Southeastern Conference Championships.
The Gators swept the hammer throw, as both sophomore Jayla Bostic (Wellington, Fla.) and Jeremy Postin (Andover, Kan.) won their respective events. Bostic tossed a mark of 58.33m/191-4 to best the field while Postin teamed up with fellow Gators Kyle Strawn (Temecula, Calif.) and David Levin (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) to go 1-2-3 in the event. Postin recorded a mark of 66.08m/216-9, while Strawn and Levin put up marks of 60.71m/199-2 and 57.81m/189-8, respectively.