Famurewa leads the way for UK standouts at SEC Championship

Lamar Smith

The Cats had few standouts in a competitive field for the SEC Championships, which consisted of the six of the top 20 women’s teams, including three of the top five and five of the top 10 men’s teams.

The Cats finished sixth with 48 points on the women’s side. The men’s team came in at 11th with 32 points.

Arkansas were run away winners in both the men’s and women’s field, capturing the school’s 100th SEC Championship title.

UK had a few standouts. Most notably, fifth-year senior Beckie Famurewa won the weight throw with a 68-feet, 7.75 inches/20.92 meters toss, helping her claim the SEC gold medal, which has alluded her the last few years.

The No. 15 women also had junior sprinters Ariah Graham and Javianne Oliver, who won silver and bronze medals respectively. Graham posted 2:05.78 in the 800m run and Oliver ran a personal-record 7.26 in the 60m dash.

The girls also captured a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay. A team which included Jasmine Mitchell, Kiah Seymour, Destiny Carter and Graham. UK led through three legs of the race, but lost ground on the last leg of the race and eventually loss to Tennessee.

The best finish by the men was by junior Jacob Thomson, who won a silver medal in the 5000m run. Thomson also scored four points in the 3000m run, coming in fifth place. Nick Anderson came in fifth place in the 60m hurdles running a 7.86 and earned four points.

Xaivier McAllister a junior transfer scored four points after placing fifth in high jump. Several athletes scored three points, including Fred Dorsey, who jumped 24’5.75”/7.46m in the men’s long jump, and Nikolas Huffman, who placed sixth in shot put throwing 58’7.25”/17.86m.

The indoor season concludes in two weeks at the NCAA Championships on the Birmingham CrossPlex track at Samford University.