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By Boyd Hayes | @KernelHayes
In 1987, at the age of 19, UK track athlete Rod McCravy died in his sleep. This weekend, UK track and field will compete in his honor in the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet.
Carrying forward the energy and success from the Kentucky Invitational, the Cats will start the action at 10 a.m. Friday at Nutter Field House.
The mens 60-meter heptathlon is the first event of the weekend, and Saturday night will be closed out with the men’s open and invitational long jump events.
Joining the Cats in Nutter will be 20 other teams, including the No. 1 Clemson women’s indoor team and SEC rival Missouri.
Other teams represented will be Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Florida A&M, Georgia Tech, Kentucky State, Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri State, Ohio State, Southern Illinois, UNC Ashville, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky, Marshall and Miami (Ohio).
After winning men’s shot put at the Kentucky Invitational, the Cats will look in large part to their throwers to give a strong performance.
Sophomore thrower Bradley Szypka finished first in that event, throwing a distance that is ranked No. 16 in the SEC. Freshman thrower Rebecca Famurewa will compete in women’s weight throw on Friday. Her throw of 17.93m/58’10” from the Kentucky Invitational was a personal record and ranks No. 8 in the SEC.
Other notable competitors will be sophomore Terrance Boyd in the men’s long jump, freshman Keilah Tyson and sophomore Kayla Parker in women’s long jump, and freshmen Alexys Nash, Joanne Imbert and Ryan Ratliff in high jump.
Also, UK all-time record holder junior Shelby Kennard will compete in that event on Friday. Competition begins at 10 a.m. both days at Nutter Field House.