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Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and Sydney McLaughlin dominated their signature hurdles events, leading the Kentucky women’s team to a fourth-place, 46-point result on Saturday in front of 12,988 fans at Hayward Field. The Wildcats earned a second straight NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships podium finish and their third from the last four years.

Camacho-Quinn (100-meter hurdles) and McLaughlin (400m hurdles) became the first teammates in history to sweep the women’s NCAA hurdles championships.

UK finished in a top-four trophy-receiving position for the fourth time in head coach Edrick Floréal’s six-year tenure. UK also earned an indoor trophy, placing third, earlier this year.

The UK women’s team finished the meet with three individual titles as Camacho-Quinn and McLaughlin added to the pole vault gold medal Olivia Gruver defended on Thursday.

Camacho-Quinn led all UK scorers with 12 points (including two scoring relays with the points divided four ways). McLaughlin scored 11.

Southern California came from behind to win the meet-concluding 4x400m relay, edging Georgia to win the team title 53-52. Stanford placed third with 51 points.

The Saturday event winners
Camacho-Quinn needed to make up ground over the second half of a rain-soaked (on the verge of hailing) 100m hurdles final. But after having to settle for silver by a miniscule margin in a super-fast final last year, the junior fought back to reclaim the NCAA title she won as a freshman in 2016.

Her time was an impressive 12.70 with a +0.7 tailwind in a frigid downpour, .30 off the 12.40 personal best she ran, which was .01 from the collegiate record, to win a third-straight Southeastern Conference title last month. 

“It was a little nerve-wracking at first,” Camacho-Quinn said. “After being told to stand up, stand up, and that with the rain - it started hailing a little bit - I knew I had to stay focused through everything and not let it get the best of me.

"You come out here to do one thing. You can't let the weather determine how the rest is going to go. Just have to go out there and do everything you did in practice and let that carry you through."

Camacho-Quinn is now a three-time NCAA Champion. She ran the second leg on UK’s gold-medal 4x100m relay last year.

By the time they stepped into the blocks for the women’s 400m hurdles final, the pouring rain that marked the sprint hurdles final had turned into hail. Kentucky’s freshman Phenom Sydney McLaughlin still weathered the storm best, winning by more than a second in 53.96. 

“Pretty crazy race,” McLaughlin said. “It was pouring right before we went out and the weather was all over the place. It definitely wasn’t my cleanest race, and we realized some things going down the backstretch that we’re going to have to adjust to.

“But I think to be able to overcome those adversities and come out with the win is good. Coming out of high school I had so many adjustments to make and to be able to make them within the span of a year is just absolutely amazing.”

While her winning time wasn’t that close to the collegiate-record the 2016 Olympian ran at SECs, the sub-54 still ranks No. 8 on the NCAA all-time performers’ list and No. 2 in NCAA Championships history.

Ebwea-Bile’s triple jump medal
Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile medaled in the triple jump for the second year in a row, taking bronze and the six points that go along with that performance with a mark of 44’9.75”/13.66m (+1.6.

The scoring Saturday relays
The UK women’s 4x100m relay of Celera Barnes, Camacho-Quinn, Kayelle Clarke and Kianna Gray started the day with a fourth-place, five-point scoring, 43.49.

Faith Ross, Camacho-Quinn, McLaughiln and Clarke ran 3:30.52 to conclude the meet in the 4x400m relay with five points for fourth place.

Men’s team finish
The Kentucky men's track and field team finished in a two-way tie for 16th place with 16 points at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday.
Tim Duckworth won the men's decathlon to score 10 points on Thursday. Jacob Thomson (10,000 meters) and Elijah Marta (javelin) scored three points apiece on Wednesday.

UK improved its point total by 12 points, and 43 places from a year ago. The Wildcats earned the school's best NCAA outdoor finish since 2014 when they finished 15th with 14 points. UK scored the most points since posting 18 to place 13th in 2010.

Two Thursday NCAA Champions

Duckworth scored 8,336 to become Kentucky’s first UK NCAA decathlon champion.

The score ranks No. 7 on NCAA all-time performers’ list and was No. 9 NCAA all-time decathlon score.

It was a 191-point personal best moving him to No. 3 on the British all-time list.

Duckworth became just the second man to win the NCAA decathlon and indoor heptathlon in the same year, joining world-record holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton.

"It started off well, and I just kept the momentum going after the hurdles into discus,” Duckworth said. “After pole vault, I kind of hit a stride and PR'ed in the javelin and ran a good 1500 for myself.

"I feel like everything is coming together. I just have one more piece that I need to fit together, and that's the 1,500. I think today it was a bigger step for myself to run a good one. It was a roller coaster this year, but I'm happy with how it is going."

Gruver cleared 14’11”/4.55m, in an otherwise slightly rocky early series. Battling ankle trouble for much of the season, she peaked at the right time and bettered the outdoor personal best she vaulted to win last year.

She missed the first two attempts after entering the competition at 13’7.25”/4.15m, but then seemed to relax after getting over. After clearing 14’1.25”/4.30m on her first try, she then then missed on her first go at three-straight heights before hitting the winning height on her first try.

“It really calmed me down this year knowing that I can do it,” Gruver said. “Knowing that if I stayed calm and trusted myself everything would be fine. I started out the (outdoor) season with a fractured ankle, so it’s been more about keeping my mental game up, and that really helped in that moment of knowing that I had to clear that bar to win.”

Wednesday scorers

Thomson finished sixth in the 10,000 meters with a seven-second personal best 28:40.50. 

Elijah Marta improved the personal best javelin throw he came into the meet with by 12-feet, four inches on his second attempt, and then blew that mark out of the water on the third try to eventually place sixth.

Decathlon report

Duckworth started day two as well as one could ask. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.37, .07 off his personal best all the more impressive considering he ran into a -0.7 headwind. That performance gave him 927 points, increasing his day-one lead by 63 to 273.

He then chucked a solid discus throw, reaching a mark of 140’3”/42.76m, 4’3” behind his personal best to score 721. Georgia freshman Johannes Erm scored 30 points more than Duckworth to cut the UK senior’s lead to 207 through seven events.

Duckworth made hay where he wanted to, in the pole vault, one of his better events. He won the decathlon pole vault with a clearance over 16’9.25”/5.11m to score 944 points.

He increased his lead by 92 to 299 with two events remaining.

He kept pulling away in the javelin, heaving a one-inch PB 187’10”/57.27m, to place second in the event and score a further 697 points and increase his lead. He had 7,784 points through nine events. That total would have placed sixth.

He took a 330-lead into the 1,500m, likely his worst event, and closed it out comfortably, running 5:01.27, within a second of his PB to add 552 points and finish with a 199-point win on 8,336.

Decathlon day one report

Duckworth has a solid 174-point lead after the first day, 73 points off the nation-leading day-one PB he posted at Georgia in April, his only other decathlon this season.

Duckworth scored 959 points to open the day with a 100m time of 10.57 (+0.5). It was second fastest, to Georgia’s Karl Saluri, who scored 16 points more than Duckworth with a 10.50.

Duckworth exercised some major demons in emphatic fashion with his first long jump attempt. He popped of the best long jump ever in a NCAA Championship decathlon competition, 26’3.5”/8.01m (+0.8). The mark, and the 1,063 points it came with, gave him the point-total lead for the first time.

Duckworth has been jumping eight-meter plus marks throughout the year, having claimed bronze at the Southeastern Conference open long jump indoors and out.

Saluri retook the lead, by 15 points, as he won the decathlon shot put. Duckworth’s best mark came on his second attempt as he scored 676 with a mark of 43’1.75”/13.15m. Saluri’s shot put mark was 47’3.5”/14.41m.

Duckworth took control in the high jump, one of his best events, clearing 6’11.75”/2.13m, highest of anyone in the competition, to score 925 points and take a 195-point lead.

The 2018 Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year closed the day with a personal best 400m time, 48.78 to score 872.

The format
Points were scored at the NCAA Championships by individuals or relay teams finishing top-eight in respective events. Points are awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis with 10 going to the winner and one going to eight place. The team with the most points at the end of the meet won the team title.
Athletes qualified to the NCAA Championships finals site by finishing top-12 at two regional meets 10 days ago. The East and West Preliminary Championships. Athletes qualified there based on having top-48 marks in respective events recorded during the season.
The No. 4-ranked Kentucky women’s team had 13 event entries, tied for fourth most in the nation. The No. 14 UK men’s team had 10 event entries, tied for eighth most at the Championships.

The men’s competition was held Wednesday and Friday with just the men’s decathlon concluding on Thursday.
The women’s competition took place Thursday and Saturday, with the heptathlon starting on Friday.

The multi-events crossed over because they have to be held in two consecutive days.

The meet was held in Eugene for the sixth year in a row, and will relocate to Austin, Texas next year.

Women’s team precedent
UK was fourth with 40 points at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The UK women’s team’s best NCAA outdoor finish was second in 2015 with 50 points.

UK placed third with 34 points at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

Men’s team precedent
UK was 59th with four points last season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  The UK men’s team’s best NCAA outdoor finish was ninth in 2008 with 25 points.

UK finished 17th with 12 points at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships.

NCAA Division I Championships

Hayward Field -- Eugene, OR | June 6-9, 2018

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Saturday Running Events


UK results

Women 4x100M Relay


4. UK (Barnes, Camacho-Quinn, Clarke, Gray): 43.49 | 5 points

Women 3000 M Steeplechase


12. Katy Kunc: 10:09.04

Women 100 M Hurdles


1. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn: 12.70 (+0.7) | 10 points

Women 400 M Hurdles


1. Sydney McLaughlin: 53.96 | 10 points

Women 4x400m Relay


4. UK (Ross, Camacho-Quinn, McLaughiln, Clarke): 3:30.52 | Five points

Saturday Field Events


UK results

Women High Jump


10. Ellen Ekholm: 5’’10”/1.78m

Women Triple Jump


3. Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile: 44’9.75”/13.66m (+1.6) | 6 points

Thursday Running Events


UK results

Women 4x100 M Relay
3 Heats. Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2


4. UK (Barnes, Camacho-Quinn, Clarke, Gray): 42.99

Women 3000 M Steeplechase
2 Heats. Advance top 5 from each heat plus next best 2 


12. Katy Kunc: 9:57.72q | Season best

Women 100 M Hurdles
3 Heats. Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2


1. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn: 12.54Q (+2.0) | second-best qualifying mark in meet history

Women 100 M

3 Heats. Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2


10. Celera Barnes: 11.19 (+1.5)

24. Kianna Gray: 11.73 (+0.0)

Women 400 M Hurdles
3 Heats. Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2


1. Sydney McLaughlin: 54.15Q

Women 200 M

3 Heats. Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2


20. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn: 23.44w (+2.2)

21. Kianna Gray: 23.48 (+1.0)

23. Kayelle Clarke: 23.56 (-0.3)

Women 4x400 M Relay

3 Heats. Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2


2. UK (Ross, Camacho-Quinn, McLaughlin, Clarke): 3:29.24Q

Thursday Field Events


UK result

Women Pole Vault


1. Olivia Gruver: 14’11”/4.55m | 10 points | Defends NCAA title, UK outdoor record

Decathlon (Wed-Thurs)


UK result

Decathlon 100 M


2. Tim Duckworth: 10.57 (+0.5) | 959 points

Decathlon Long Jump


1. Duckworth: 26’3.5”/ 8.01m (+0.8) |
1063 points – NCAA Championships decathlon record

Decathlon Shot Put


14. Duckworth: 43’1.75”/13.15m | 676 points

Decathlon High Jump


1. Duckworth: 6’11.75”/ 2.13m | 925 points

Decathlon 400 M


1. Duckworth: 48.78 | 872 points - Personal best

Day One Total

1. Tim Duckworth: 4495 | Leads by 174 points – -73 off his day one PB

Decathlon 110H


1. Tim Duckworth: 14.37 (-0.7) | 927 points

Decathlon Discus


3. Duckworth: 140’3”/42.76m | 721 points

Decathlon Pole Vault


1. Duckworth: 16'9.25"/5.11m | 944 points

Decathlon Javelin


2. Duckworth: 187’10”/57.27m | 697 points – 1-inch PB

Decathlon 1500 M


16. Duckworth: 5:01.27

Decathlon Total

1. Tim Duckworth: 8,336 |10 points – First UK NCAA decathlon champion, No. 7 on NCAA all-time performers’ list, No. 9 NCAA all-time decathlon score, 191-point PB, No. 3 on the British all-time list

Wednesday Running Events


UK Result

Men 4x100 M Relay


16. UK (Roberts, St. Hillaire, Dorsey, Floreal): 39.56

Men 110 M Hurdles


Daniel Roberts: DNF

Men 400 M


Dwight St. Hillaire: DNS

Men 10000 M


6. Jacob Thomson: 28:40.50 | 3 points – 7.05-second PB

Wednesday Field Events


UK Result

Men Javelin


6. Elijah Marta: 232'3"/70.81m | 3 points – 12’3” PB, No. 2 on UK all-time list

Men Long Jump


22. Fred Dorsey III: 24’1.5”/ 7.35m (+0.4)

Friday Field Events


UK Result

Men Discus


16. Noah Castle: 177’0”/53.95m

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