UK track collects four medals at the Indoor Championships



Cody Ryan

The UK track and field team earned four medals at the 2018 indoor NCAA Championships over the weekend, which helped the No. 3 women’s team secure a place on the podium.

The women’s team took home one silver and two bronze medals, finishing third with 34 points. The No. 17 men’s team collected one gold and scored 12 points.

Tim Duckworth led the heptathlon by 169 points through four events after day one, and he never looked back as he went on to win gold scoring 6,188 points. 

Duckworth’s score was a personal best and No. 4 performance in NCAA history.

Sydney McLaughlin won silver in the 400-meters with a time of 50.36. McLaughlin’s time was a world junior record and under-20 record.

USC’s Kendall Ellis won the 400-meters by running a collegiate record in 50.34.

McLaughlin also set a school record in the 200-meter prelims. However, McLaughlin slipped off the blocks and ran under her personal best in the 200-meters, in which she placed fourth.

After winning the indoor bronze medal last year, Olivia Gruver won bronze again by clearing 14’9.5”/4.51m. Gruver’s previously cleared a height two weeks ago at the SEC Championships that was higher than the NCAA’s first place finisher.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn captured bronze in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.96. 

UK will begin its outdoor season March 16-17 when the Cats travel to the University of Central Florida.