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Golfer Ale Walker named to SEC Community Service Team

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Walker has documented more than 100 hours of community service since July 1. She traveled to Ethiopia in the summer of 2015 as part of a UK Athletics service trip. In Ethiopia, she helped construct housing for widows, delivered beds and mattresses to lepers, served food to orphans, and delivered hygiene supplies to the imprisoned.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn SEC Freshman of Week

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Camacho-Quinn ran 12.73w aided by a +2.1 m/s wind, to win the 100m hurdles and score 10 points for UK, leading the Wildcats to the win at one of the nation’s top scored meets, the LSU Invitational.

Camacho-Quinn’s time is the second fastest qualifying time recorded by a collegian this season, leads the SEC and is tops in the nation among freshmen.

The time is one of the fastest hurdles times recorded by a freshman in recent seasons.

Pigeon Forge Retro Weekend was a fun two days

Getting on stage as an age division winner with Jeff Galloway Saturday was an honor for me.
Getting on stage as an age division winner with Jeff Galloway Saturday was an honor for me.

Getting on stage as an age division winner with Jeff Galloway Saturday was an honor for me.

By LARRY VAUGHT

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — There was not anything about Retro Weekend that I did not like.

Pigeon Forge is always fun and we stayed at Willow Brook Lodge for the first time and it was delightful and within walking distance of the LeConte Center where Retro Weekend activities were held.

Obviously, the race of 5 miles, 916 yards — a distance guaranteed to let you set a new personal best because of the unique distance — was fun. Race organizers and the city of PIgeon Forge did a great job making the course safe and fun.

Running guru Jeff Galloway says slowing down is not a bad thing

Jeff Galloway, left, talks to runners Friday at RetroWeekend in Pigeon Forge. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)
Jeff Galloway, left, talks to runners Friday at RetroWeekend in Pigeon Forge. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Jeff Galloway, left, talks to runners Friday at RetroWeekend in Pigeon Forge. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Jeff Galloway says he was a “fat, lazy kid” who only joined the cross country team because friends told him the cross country coach was the most “lenient” coach in the school.

“They told me you run trails and you just run 200 yards to the woods and then tell the coach you did the rest,” said Galloway.

UK volleyball has another challenging non-conference schedule

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Composing a challenging schedule that encompasses a multitude of playing styles has continually prepared head coach Craig Skinner’s teams for a run at the Southeastern Conference title and post-season berths. Skinner has once again achieved those standards with the unveiling of the 2016 non-conference schedule on Thursday.

UK will play 11 total non-conference matches with six of those opponents advancing to the NCAA Tournament a season ago. Kentucky’s non-conference schedule features three early season tournaments and a date at rival Louisville as the teams meet for the eighth consecutive season. 

Sun Shall Shine Blue-White Meet has special significance

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Winstead family

LEXINGTON, Ky. – What would normally be a routine race-format practice for the Kentucky swimming team has turned into the home event of the season, centered around future Wildcat and current Paul Laurence Dunbar High School standout Madison Winstead.  The Lexington native was recently granted a waiver by the NCAA to participate in the Blue-White Meet, making an appeal to swim in the meet so her mother, Shane, would be able to see her daughter swim in a UK cap after a stage four colon cancer diagnosis in January 2015. 

Abbey Cheek, Kelsey Nunley lead UK 3-2 win over Missouri

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman Abbey Cheek hit her third home run of the week off the scoreboard in left field in the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday to wrap up a series win over the No. 18 Missouri Tigers in front of 1,297 fans at John Cropp Stadium.

Kentucky and Missouri were locked in a pitcher’s duel all day on Sunday, with Cheek stepping to the plate in a 2-2 game to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning for UK. The freshman slugger, who had already hit three home runs in the last three games for the Wildcats, stepped up to the plate and took an 0-1 offering from Missouri pitcher Paige Lowary to left, giving UK the 3-2 lead.

Sun Shall Shine: Mother’s cancer battle inspires UK swimming signee

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UK swim signee Madison Winstead will participate in the Blue-White meet April 22 so her mother, Shane, who is battling cancer, can see her swim for Kentucky.

By GUY RAMSEY, UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A secret can be a frightening thing for the parents of an 18-year-old, and Shane Winstead knows her daughter Madison has them.

Madison – a current senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School – is a signee pledged to join the Kentucky swimming and diving team next season, a culmination of years of work and sacrifice. The moment she hits the pool for her first meet will be a source of incredible pride, and one she can’t wait to share with her family, especially her mother.

RetroWeekend has a lot to offer April 29-30 in Pigeon Forge

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larry runningBy LARRY VAUGHT

It’s just over two weeks from now that I will be back in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., — one of my favorite spots to visit — for the RetroWeekend April 29-30.

I’m not quite sure how to precisely describe this event or explain why it is so intriguing to me. Maybe it is just that so much is geared to the over 40 crowd — and I am well over 40.

I am looking forward to two seminars with running guru Jeff Galloway, a regular contributor to Runner’s World. His unique training program has been reported to reduce injury risk, aches and pain and make it possible to enjoy running even more, something that certainly appeals to me.

UK libero Ashley Dusek named to national training program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Junior libero Ashley Dusek has added to her list of honors after being selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Indianapolis training program announced by Team USA Volleyball on Friday. Dusek is one of five defensive specialists to comprise the 36-member squad.

The squad, which is part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline and is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team, will train and compete from June 21-30 in Indianapolis. After the program is divided into three 12-player rosters from the training portion, the competition phase involving a round-robin tournament of the three squads will take place June 26-29 under the same roof as the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.

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