Men’s Basketball- Kentucky moves up to #5 in the AP Poll
Gymnastics- Gymnastics remains at #17 for the third consecutive week
Track & Field- Women’s Track & Field holds at #10
Reid Travis is a finalist for the the 2019 Senior Class Award. Go vote for him at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/mens_basketball_2018-19/ till March 25th.
Keldon Johnson is a Juluis Erving Award finalst. He is also one of 10 players up for the Hoophall’s top small forward for the 2018-19 season.
NBA Cats- Here is the line up featuring NBA Cats in the All Stars game:
Rising Stars game (2/15)- De’Aaron Fox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Kevin Knox.
Skills Challenge (2/16)- De’Aaron Fox
3 point contest (2/16)- Devin Booker
Slam Dunk Contest (2/16)- Hamidou Diallo
All- Star Game (2/17)- Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns
Women’s Basketball- #19 Kentucky defeats Auburn on the road 78-68
Rhyne Howard- 19 points, 6 assists, 3 steals
Taylor Murray–17 points, 6 steals
Blair Green- 12 points
Recruiting News- Chasity Patterson signs with Kentucky
Baseball- Zack Thompson has been named to USA Baseball’s USA Golden Spikes watch list. Zack has also has been voted First Team Coaches Preseason All-SEC along with TJ Collett.
Track & Field-
Daniel Roberts won the 60m hurdles in 7.52, making him the ninth-fastest collegian ever and moving to No. 2 in the DI rankings for this season, only behind collegiate record holder Grant Holloway (Florida). Those two figure to race against each other in two weeks at the Southeastern Conference Championships.
He lowered the personal best he set just last week by .14 seconds, a considerable margin in a 60m race.
Roberts has consistently quickened his PBs all season as in the semifinal round on Friday he tied the PB and school record he had run just last week – 7.66.
Roberts also tied his PB to place fifth in the 60m dash, running 6.63 in both the final and semifinals. That time ranks 11th nationally at publication time.
Noah Castle won the men’s shot put at the Tiger Paw Invite with a mark of 62’6.5″/19.06m. Charles Lenford Jr. was third (62’6.5″/18.86m) and freshman Josh Sobota placed sixth.
In the men’s 60m hurdles final Tai Brown and Caleb Wilt placed 5-6 respectively. They both ran personal best times in the semifinals that of course were justifiably overshadowed by Roberts’ historic performance. Brown ran 7.85, breaking Roberts’ UK freshman record and moving to No. 5 on the UK indoor all-time list and Wilt ran 7.87 moving to No. 6 on the same list.
Kianna Gray maintained the form she began showing last weekend by placing fourth in the women’s 60m final with a PB time of 7.25, which moved her to No. 3 on the UK indoor all-time list. The time would rank tied for eighth nationally as of press time. Celera Barnes placed eighth in the final.
Masai Russell placed fifth and Faith Ross was eighth in the women’s 60m hurdles final. They each ran 8.18 in the semifinals which tied them for No. 5 on the UK all-time list. Russell’s time broke three-time NCAA Champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’s Kentucky freshman record (two 100m hurdles golds plus a 4x100m relay title).
Russell placed fifth in the open 400m final.
Alison D’Alessandro took 13th in the women’s pole vault, clearing 12’6.75″/3.83m, a PB that moved her to No. 6 on the UK indoor all-time list.
Chloe Abbott placed fifth in the women’s 400m invitational. Tatiana Aholou placed fifth in the women’s long jump. Sarah Michels was sixth in the women’s 5k.
Micaela Hazlewood placed fourth in the women’s shot put, while Molly Leppelmeier tossed a PB 51’9.75″/15.79 to place fifth. Leppelmeier moved up from 10th to No. 8 on the UK indoor all-time list.
ISU Classic dispatch
UK sent a select group of distance runners to compete on the oversized track at the Iowa State Classic.
Brennan Fields lowered his 3k PB by seven seconds to place 11th in 8:12.53. Trevor Warren ran a PB 8:20.87 to place 28th.
Sophie Carrier placed 26th in the women’s 5k with a PB time 17:18.47. Caitlin Shepard was 32nd in a PB 17:28.93 and Kelli Walsh was 34th in a PB 17:33.63.
Patrick Schaefer was 57th in the men’s 5k in 14:52.21, a PB.
Illinois beats Kentucky 6-5 (8)
Houston beats Kentucky 4-3
- Korth- 9.875
- Total- 49.300
98.500 is the eighth highest combined vault/bars score in program history
- Dukes- 9.925
- Rosa- 9.175
- Dukes- 9.850
- Total- 49.225
This marks the second time in school history that Kentucky has scored 49.200+ on every event
No. 17 Kentucky defeats No. 5 LSU 197.150 to 1
Bourgois/ Wallart (UK) def Brown/ Chakravarthi (Ill) 6-4
Mayo/Kovacevic (Ill) def Yamada/Matsumura (UK) 7-5
Doubles point goes to Illinois 1-0
Illinois takes the first singles point (6-1, 7-5) for a 2-0 lead
Huempfer falls (7-5, 6-4) giving Illinois a 3-0 lead
Yamada rallies a singles win (6-4, 6-4) 3-1
Illinois followed up with (3-6,6-3, 6-2) to come out with a dual win
Kentucky falls on the road to No. 14 Illinois 4-1
Track & Field-
Kentucky track and field junior Ellen Ekholm won the women’s long jump at the Tiger Paw Invitational to lead the way for the Wildcats on the penultimate Saturday of the indoor regular season.
Ekholm, whose indoor personal best 6’0″/1.83 meters to win at the Razorback Invitational two weeks ago continues to lead the Southeastern Conference, ranks fifth nationally and tied the Kentucky school record, cleared 5’11″/1.82m to win on Saturday.
All in all, the Wildcats concluded the Tiger Paw Invitational (held on a traditional indoor 200m banked track) and the Iowa State Classic (held on distance runners’ preferred oversized flat indoor track) with three individual event wins, four new marks that moved into the current top-16 rankings nationally in their respective events, Daniel Roberts’ 60m hurdles performance that ranks inside the collegiate all-time top-10, two new UK freshman records and 18 personal bests.
Latavia Coombs was runner-up in the Tiger Paw triple jump with a mark of 42’8.25″/13.01m, a season best that moved her up to No. 14 on the NCAA Division I performance list for this season.
Molly Leppelmeier took eighth in the women’s weight throw reaching a mark of 64’5″/19.63m, less than an inch from the PB she tossed last week, which moved her to No. 4 on the UK all-time list. Micaela Hazlewood placed 11th with a toss at 63’1″/19.24m, a PB that moved to No. 5 on UK all-time list.
Jacob Smith took third place in the men’s 200m with a time of 21.25.
UK’s women’s 4x400m relay of Faith Ross, Abby Steiner, Masai Russell and Chloe Abbott ran 3:33.63 to finish third in the meet-concluding competition.
Kianna Gray and Abby Steiner continued a run of finishing with strikingly similar times going 7-8 in the women’s 200m, both with times of 23.36 (measured to the thousands place, Gray ran 23.355 and Steiner ran 23.356).
Rahman Minor placed fourth in the men’s high jump clearing 6’10.75″/2.10m.
ISU Classic Saturday Dispatch
Ben Young ran 4:03.55 to place 11th in the men’s mile, a raw-time season best although he ran a converted 4:01 last weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kendall Muhammad was 42nd in 4:10.90 and Gabe Szalay was 44th in 4:11.43.
Rachel Boice and Perri Bockrath ran respective PBs in the women’s mile of 4:56.68 and 4:57.57.
Kentucky defeats Sam Houston State 6-0
Kentucky defeats Houston 13-1
West Virginia: Smallbore- 2346 Air Rifle- 2377
Kentucky: Smallbore-2320 Air Rifle-2358
#2 West Virginia defeats #4 Kentucky 4723- 4678
Kentucky loses to Oklahoma State in last minute two runs, 8-7.
KENTUCKY 5, KENNESAW STATE 0
- #57 Ryo Matsumura (UK) def. #106 Fermin Calvo Barcelo (KSU) 6-1, 6-1
- #96 Kento Yamada (UK) def. Bryan Triana (KSU) 6-3, 6-3
- Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. Gaston Muhammad (KSU) 6-1, 6-4
- Kevin Huempfner (UK) def. Lucas de Torres Curth (KSU) 6-0, 6-2
- Fabian Penzkofer (UK) vs. Sebastian Osorio (KSU) 3-2, unfinished
- Parth Aggarwal (UK) vs. Harvey Maughan (KSU) unfinished
- Enzo Wallart/Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. Bryan Triana/Drew Lahey (KSU) 6-1
- Kento Yamada/Ryo Matsumura (UK) def. Gaston Muhammad/Fermin Calvo Barcelo (KSU) 6-1
- Fabian Penzkofer/Kevin Huempfner (UK) vs. Lucas de Torres Curth/Harvey Maughan (KSU) 3-5, unfinished
KENTUCKY 6, KENNESAW STATE 1
- Enzo Wallart (UK) def. #106 Fermin Calvo Barcelo (KSU) 6-3, 6-2
- #57 Ryo Matsumura (UK) def. Bryan Triana (KSU) 6-1, 6-0
- Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. Gaston Muhammad (KSU) 6-3, 6-2
- #96 Kento Yamada (UK) def. Lucas deTorres Curth (KSU) 6-2, 6-3
- Kevin Huempfner (UK) def. Sebastian Osorio (KSU) 6-1, 6-4
- Parth Aggarwal (UK) def. Harvey Maughan (KSU) 6-1, 6-2
- Cesar Bourgois/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Gaston Muhammad/Fermin Calvo Barcelo (KSU) 6-4
- Bryan Triana/Drew Lahey (KSU) def. Ryo Matsumura/Kento Yamada (UK) 6-4
- Lucas deTorres Curth/Harvey Maughan (KSU) def. Kevin Huempfner/Fabian Penzkofer (UK) 6-4