The University of Kentucky track and field team won six events on day two, which was highlighted by nationally ranked men’s and women’s 4x400m teams Abby Steiner and Alexis Holmes in the annual Pepsi Florida relays. at the University of Florida at James G. Pressley Stadium.
The Wildcats finished the competition with seven event wins, 12 new times/marks on the UK all-time list, 35 top nines, two program bests and 22 personal bests.
“I think we’ve found our identity today and in tough times that’s where true champions establish themselves, that’s where champion teams develop. I think the majority of the group s is up today,” said associate head coach Tim Hall.
Abby Steiner shone in the 100m, winning the race with a personal best 11.10. Fourth fastest in the NCAA all season. His performance marked the fourth fastest time in UKTF history.
Alexis Holmes reclaimed the lead in the 400 meters despite the rain, with the win and an NCAA time lead of 51.94. It was an outdoor personal best and she set her fourth all-time best for the UK in the event.
The men’s 4×400 ran in 3:02.99, with anchor leg Brian Faust taking the lead in the final 150 yards to win the race with the third-best NCAA time this outdoor season. Dwight St. Hilliare, Lance Lang, Kennedy Lightner and Brian Faust also set the third fastest time in UKTF history.
Masai Russell, Davis, Molly Leppelmeier and Jenna Gearing had good days for UKTF.
Russell clocked a personal best 55.41 with a stellar finish for second place in the 400m hurdles, beating her previous record she set at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Davis ran 22.97 in the 200m to finish second and claim an outdoor personal best in the event. His performance earned him the ninth best finish in UKTF outdoor history.
Leppelmeier broke her own school record in the hammer throw with a mark of 212’6″/64.79m, finishing third collegiate and fifth overall, while Gearing set a personal best in the 1,500m when she finished fourth (4:17.25), becoming fifth fastest for the UK all-time in the event.
The Wildcats will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the Boots Garland Invitational on Saturday, April 9, while select distance runners will travel to Oxford, Mississippi, and compete at Ole Miss on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9.