UK track and field add three personal bests in North Carolina and Virginia

Scott Clarke

Kentucky track and field earned three personal bests at the Camel City Elite Invitational and the Doc Hale Elite Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. and Blacksburg, VA. on Saturday, February 5.  

Jenna Gearing had a career performance in the mile, while Dalton Shepler and Jacob Sobota earned personal bests in the pole vault competition.

Gearing, a grad transfer, earned a personal best in the mile (4:41.01), which is the fifth-fastest time in the history of Kentucky’s track and field program.

Since UK’s three runners ran on a flat 200-Meter track, NCAA ruling converts their times by shaving an amount of time off their final run for qualifying purposes. With this conversion applied, Gearing ran a final time of 4:38.26. 

Sophomore Tori Herman placed 10th in the same race with a time of 4:42.64 and a converted time of 4:39.88. Her time was .36 seconds off her personal best, which she set at the 2021 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships with a time of 4:39.52, which made her the third-fastest mile runner in UK history. 

Dylan Allen also competed well in the mile, placing second with a time of 4:04.06. His converted time is 4:00.99. 

As for pole vault in Blacksburg, the pole vaulters finished with three top-10 finishers. 

Senior Matthew Peare led Kentucky with a fifth-place finish (16’11”/5.16m), followed by grad student Jacob Sobota in seventh (16’5.25”/5.01m). 

Dalton Shepler finished 10th, clearing the same height as Sobota for a personal best. 

Sobota and Shepler are now tied for fifth all-time in UK history in the indoor pole vault. 

Siobhan Szerencsits placed seventh in the women’s pole vault (13’5”/4.09m), clearing the second-highest height among the field of competitors. 

Kentucky track and field will compete next between Friday, Feb. 11-Saturday, Feb. 12 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.