Kinnaird, Hunter Lead Hoosiers at Kentucky Relays
April 19, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman Tre’Tez Kinnaird, who earned All-American honors as part of the distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, came into this weekend wanting to run sub-1:49 in the 800m run.
Kinnaird ran under 1:48 Saturday at the Kentucky Relays.
Kinnaird, a native of Louisville, Ky., performed well in front of family and friends as he blazed to a 1:47.99 to win the 800-meter run.
Kinnaird’s time is the fourth best in school history and 10th fastest in the NCAA this season. Kinnaird is the first Hoosier to run under 1:48 since Keith Allen in 1988.
Junior Rorey Hunter continued his successful outdoor campaign as he won the mile run crossing the finish line in 4:00.97, the sixth fastest outdoor mile in school history. Hunter’s time was also a University of Kentucky track record.
The Hoosiers had success in the 3,000-meter steeplechase races. Freshman Kelsey Kluesner won the women’s race in 10:47.85, the 10th fastest time in school history. On the men’s side the Hoosiers took spots two-four led by Jason Crist with a career-best time of 8:58.36. Nolan Fife was third in 9:05.18 and Robby Nierman was fourth in 9:10.67.
Sophomore Jordan Gornall exceled in the 800m run with a fourth-place finish in 1:50.13.
Senior Samantha Ginther finished second-place in the mile with a season-best time of 4:52.00. Her teammate Brianna Johnson finished third in 4:54.54 and freshman Amanda Behnke finished seventh in 4:59.80.
In field events, freshman Nakel McClinton finished fifth in the hammer throw with a personal record of 55.79m (183-00). Her mark is the second-best mark in school history. Sophomore Stephen Keller was fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 1.99m (6-6.25).
In the sprints sophomore La Toya Williams finished in third-place in 24.34 and junior Shawntanay Johnson was fifth in the 100m dash in 12.01. Freshman Jean Rouse clocked a time of 55.92 to finish in seventh-place in the 400m.
Up next the Hoosiers travel to the prestigious and historic 119th running of the Penn Relays, April 24-26 in Philadelphia, Pa.
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