Kentucky track and field concludes record-breaking weekend in Fayetteville with several wins


A University of Kentucky track and field athlete competing in long jump during the Jim Green Invitational at the Nutter Field House on Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Ian Alvano, Reporter

Kentucky track and field put up 10 personal bests among several participating colleges at the Razorback Invitational over the weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

It all began when Keaton Daniel got the party started on Friday and set the tempo for the weekend.

Daniel broke his own school record in the mens pole vault, finishing with a jump of 18 feet, 10.25 inches/5.75 meters.

Friday marked the third time during the indoor track and field season where Daniel had broken his own record.

Anthaya Charlton was able to snag a personal best for herself in the women’s long jump. Charlton leaped 20’7”/6.27m in Fayetteville which landed her in sixth place on UK’s all-time indoor list.

The record-breaking times would only continue to roll for the Wildcats.

Tori Herman, Jenna Schwinghammer, Christal Mosley and Sydney Steely were able to set a school record during the distance medley relay as the action began to conclude on Friday. The electric foursome recorded a time of 10:58.26.

Record-breaking performances shouldn’t be that big of a shock for this quarter, considering the team entered the Razorback Invitational with the fastest distance medley relay time in the country.

Day 2 of the Razorback Invitational proved no different for the Wildcats as they continued to perform on a high level.

Abby Steiner recorded a 50.59 second time in the 400-meter dash. Steiner set the meet record and is currently the holder of the world-leading time during the 2023 indoor season.

Steiner is a UK volunteer assistant coach who was running as a professional competitor.

Wayne Lawrence Jr. had himself a successful day as well as he ran a 46.48 second 400-meter dash. He recorded the fourth-fastest 400m time in Kentucky history.

Overall, Kentucky found many victories at the invitational. Considering the 2023 SEC Championship will be hosted at the same venue in Fayetteville, the Cats will hope to make another appearance in Arkansas in the near future.

Next up for Kentucky is a split-squad weekend with one meet taking place in Clemson, South Carolina, and the other in Seattle, Washington, beginning Friday, Feb. 10.