Masai Russell breaks 100-meter hurdles record at Texas Relays.


Michael Clubb

A University of Kentucky track and field athlete gets ready for a race during the Jim Green Invitational at the Nutter Field House on Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Kentucky Kernel

Noah Wehby, Reporter

Austin, Texas played host to a new collegiate record, as Masai Russell broke the 100-meter hurdles record at the Texas Relays with an impressive time of 12.36 (2.0) seconds, marking the second time she has set a collegiate record. 

UK had team success placing second in the 4×100 meter relay behind strong performances from Russell, Anthaya Charlton, Victoria Perrow, and Karimah Davis clocking in at 42.81 seconds, fifth all time in UK history. 

UK fell just short of a podium finish, as Dajour Miles, Shadajah Ballard, Iantha Wright, and Reynei Wallace placed fourth in the women’s 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:34.53.

Charlton and Perrow also had individual success in the women’s 100-meter dash, as both notched personal bests with Charlton placing second place in the event. 

Success continued for Charlton in the long jump, placing third with a distance of 21’4.75”/6.52 meters, which is third best in UK history. 

UK earned another podium position due to the strong running of Kennedy Lightner, Wayne Lawrence Jr., Justin Swann, and Brian Faust placing third with a time of 3:04.01 in the men’s 4×400-meter relay. 

At Texas State, Logan Coles recorded a hammer throw distance of 209’7”/63.87 meters, marking his personal best and fifth in UK’s history.

UK only competed in two events at the Stanford Invite where Phoebe McCowan hit a personal best time of 2:06.73 seconds in the women’s 800-meter.  

The Wildcats will head down to Florida to compete in the Tom Jones Invite at the University of Florida from April 14- April 15.