UK track and field performs well at Tennessee Relays

Cody Ryan

UK’s track and field team competed in the Tennessee Relays Thursday-Saturday in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Cats had several big performances.

In the women’s 4×200 meter relay, the team of Sydney McLaughlin, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Celera Barnes and Kayelle Clarke finished first in 1:30.76. Their time is a meet record and track record.

The team of Barnes, Camacho-Quinn, Clarke and Kianna Gray also placed first in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 43.47, which was a new meet record.

The Cats couldn’t complete the sprint relay sweep however, as the group of Ross, Gray, Clarke and Jasmine Mitchell crossed second in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:34.80.

Friday was the day of individual events, and the women’s team dominated the 100 meter dash with 2017 alumna Javianne Oliver running a 11.04. Mclaughlin finished right behind her and was the first collegian to cross the finish line in 11.07. Camacho-Quinn ran 11.24, Gray placed fourth in 11.27 and Barnes finished sixth in 11.31.

Here are some other highlights: 

  • Latavia Coombs landed in second in the women’s triple jump with a distance of 42’11.75”/13.10m.
  • While Clarke managed to finish 11th in the 100 meters, Clarke won the 200m in 22.88.
  • Ross won the women’s 400-meter hurdles by running a season-best time 58.37.
  • Dwight St. Hillaire placed third in the 200 meters and moved to No. 7 on the UK outdoor 200m all-time performers’ list by crossing the line in 20.76. He finished fifth in the men’s 100m in 10.33.
  • Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile leaped to second in the women’s long jump with a mark of 20’9″/6.32m.
  • Ellen Eckholm cleared 5’8.75″/1.75m to place third in the women’s high jump.

UK will be back in action next weekend when the team travels to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 20-21.