COLUMBUS, Ohio — Competition heats up for the women’s track and field team this weekend when they head south to Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The meet begins with only select field events Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. ET. On Saturday, field events resume at 10:30 a.m. before running events begin at 12:30 p.m. Fans can find a complete schedule of events at www.UKathletics.com/track for the most recent times. Live results can also be found at that location after the completion of each event throughout the weekend.
The competition on the women’s side includes No. 4 Tennessee, No. 13 Florida, No. 16 South Carolina, No. 20 Miami, Fl., and No. 25 Louisville. Other notable schools include Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.
Head coach Karen Dennis liked what she saw from her young team last weekend at the Mike Hout Invitational, but knows there is plenty of room for improvement as the season progresses.
“The meet at Capital was perfect for us having just returned from break,” Dennis said. “It allowed us to stay in town and have a low-key, competitive opportunity for our young team. Standouts included frosh Ashley Galbraith, who jumped 5-8 having come off both Christmas break and a broken toe. Our long jumper Bridget Jacobs won her event and is expected to continue to progress with the season. I was also impressed with Maggie Mullen, our javelin thrower, and her respectable attempts at new throwing events like the shot and weight throws.
“Our sprinters did quite well also. Letecia Wright opened up the season better than she did last year in both the hurdles and 60m dash. Alana Gray and Christina Manning allowed us to sweep the hurdles with promising performances. Frosh Shaniqua McGinnis won the 400m easily as well as our relays.
“Our distance runners really look as if they will contribute to our team efforts this year. Jordan Jennewine and Emily Thompson both opened up the season with improved performances over last year. Sarah Foster and Ellen Birmingham looked smooth and confident in their races. All-in-all we know we are getting better, but we also know we need to improve significantly more to be effective in our conference.”
Coach Dennis on the upcoming meet at Kentucky this weekend:
“Last week we were in the shallow end of the pool at Capital, this week we will be in the deep end. Kentucky is always a great meet with strong competition. Schools from throughout the Southeast (SEC) and Big Ten conferences will be there. I expect to see how well we respond to much tougher competition. You never know with freshmen. I expect Ayrizanna Favours, who didn’t compete in an individual event at Capital, to open up this weekend. I also expect our entire group to take what we learned last week and apply it to better performances this week in Kentucky. I expect us to be in the mix and scrap with the best of them. It’s good to get back to the business of competing.”