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Alum Rondel Sorrillo Runs 9.99 in T&T 100m Final to Earn Olympic Place


5SxUHiJNhSXt2EZo68AG4OEj69PO8AslNk-MjSDh0VhCHb4beFCCsX6zRymDEJwU8-4QNBGY6vN93vrzuJce41hoZBqSfS0TUaahY1_7ABoUtYNGb7aCOR6EJqZ0JNQROjgCbg=s0-d-e1-ftLEXINGTON, Ky., and PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – Two more Kentucky Wildcats – Rondel Sorrillo and Mikel Thomas — confirmed places in the 2016 Olympic Games, at the Trinidad and Tobago Championships in Hasely Crawford Stadium on Saturday.

Sorrillo – the 2009 NCAA 200-Meter Champion who now serves on the UK track and field staff as a volunteer assistant coach while training under head coach Edrick Floréal’s direction and competing for Nike – ran a personal-best 9.99 seconds (+1.7 meters/second) to place second in the 100m final.

25 Cats Set to Represent Kentucky at Olympic Swimming Trials

OMAHA, Neb. – Kentucky swimming is set to appear on one of the biggest stages in the sport, the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.  The Trials will be held in the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., and will be an eight-day event starting on Sunday, June 26, and ending on Sunday, July 2.

At the beginning of the season, head coach Lars Jorgensen noted to his team that a benchmark of a program’s success is not only how they perform at the conference and national collegiate level, but how many athletes represent the university at the Olympic Trials.  He had set a goal for the team to have 25 athletes qualifying, and the Wildcats exceeded their expectations with 28 swimmers posting a Trials cut.  Of those 28, 25 headed to Omaha on Friday to represent UK throughout 37 entries in the upcoming Trials.

Emmie Harris focuses on being good in whatever sport she is playing


HarrisVaught’s note: Sometimes in retirement I just miss writing about high school athletics, so today I have a feature on a special three-sport athlete from Boyle County who I think is being overlooked by Division I coaches in perhaps all three sports. Enjoy getting to know Boyle County senior Emmie Harris.


Emmie Harris really does not know what she considers her best sport or what sport she would like to play in college. But this much is clear — she’s a special athlete.

Chip McDaniel Named Third-Team PING All-America


-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore Tyler “Chip” McDaniel capped one of the most prolific single-season performances by a Kentucky golfer by helping lead his team to a 13th place finish at the NCAA Championships in May. Thursday he added PING Third-Team All-America honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America to his postseason honors.

He is just the second UK player to earn either first, second or third All-America distinction in the Brian Craig era. UK Athletics Hall of Famer, J.B. Holmes, claimed first-team honors in 2004, was a second-team member in 2005 and a third-team selection in 2002.

Kentucky freshman Cobe Garcia uses the team as motivation to improve

By CHLOE SMITH, UK Media Relations

NOTE:  The first of a five-part series of individual features stories leading up to the 2016 US Olympic Trials.  Today, learn about freshman sprinter Cobe Garcia.

In the world of swimming, individual superstars reign supreme. Household names like Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky take the limelight, and there is never much focus on the complete team aspect. Even in the collegiate realm, individuals have been center stage with emerging wunderkinds Caeleb Dressel and Lilly King earning their right to become media darlings of the postseason.

Volleyball Team Wins SEC Sportsmanship Award


-2BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Ethical. Fair behavior. Polite. Intentionality. Kindness. These are the adjectives often utilized to describe sportsmanship.

The 2015-16 Kentucky volleyball program demonstrated just that in a traumatic event prior to a match against fellow Southeastern Conference foe LSU in early November. For their efforts, spearheaded by athletic trainer Katy Poole, administrator Katie Eiserman, head coach Craig Skinner and players Morgan Bergren, Sara Schwarzwalder and Anni Thomasson, the program was honored as a recipient of the 2015-16 SEC Sportsmanship Award on Thursday.

J.B. Holmes, Chase Parker in U.S. Open field

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s golfers J.B. Holmes and Chase Parker are among the field for the 116th U.S. Open Championship being held this year at the Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh, Pa., June 16-19.

Holmes, currently ranked No. 19 in the world, will compete in the seventh U.S. Open of his career. His best finish came in 2014 when he tied for 17th overall. Holmes has four career PGA Tour victories and has suited up for the 2005 USA Walker Cup Team, 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup Team and the 2015 U.S. President’s Cup Team.

Barnhart: One name kept coming out at top of UK baseball coaching search

Here is what Mitch Barnhart had to say tonight about new baseball coach Nick Mingione tonight.

MITCH BARNHART: “The process, it unfolded a few weeks ago when Gary Henderson called and said he was going to resign the position to be our head baseball coach. I got a call when I was in Florida at the SEC meetings.

“We began a search very quickly. Our goal at the end of the day was to be efficient and to be as quick as we could, but to be efficient.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn first freshman to win NCAA 100-meter hurdles

EUGENE, Ore. – Kentucky track and field’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn became the first freshman in history to win the NCAA 100-meter hurdles Championship leading the Wildcats to an 11th place finish with 25 points, on Saturday at Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Arkansas won the NCAA Championship with 72 points.

Five of Kentucky’s six scoring opportunities on Saturday earned points, but the 18 of the Wildcats’ 25 points came from two medal finishes in the two hurdles races. Additionally, UK scored four with a fifth-place finish in the 4x100m relay.

Kentucky advanced five to Saturday finals from a possible 13 entries in Thursday preliminary races.

UK begins Outdoor Championships Wednesday


-2EUGENE, Ore. – The Kentucky track and field teams begin the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Wednesday at Oregon’s Hayward Field. The meet will run through Saturday.

The Kentucky women’s team enters the NCAA Championships ranked No. 2 in the United States Track & Field and cross Country Coaches Association rankings. UK qualified 17 entries to the meet, the second most of any team.

The UK men’s team qualified six entries to the meet, doubling the total from last season.

Wednesday’s competition will feature men’s teams only. For the second consecutive season the NCAA is utilizing a championships schedule featuring men’s teams on Wednesday and Friday and women’s teams on Thursday and Saturday.

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