Orta Runs Third-Best 3,000m Steeplechase in UK History
Orta’s time misses out on second-best in program history by 0.01 seconds
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior
Luis Orta put his best foot forward Thursday afternoon at the Mt. SAC
Relays in Walnut, Calif., running the third-best 3,000-meter
steeplechase in Kentucky track and field history.
running in the famed Mt. SAC Relays hosted by Mt. San Antonio College,
finished in ninth-place with a time of 8:49.45. Orta’s time is a career
best, breaking his previous personal-best time of 8:50.52 set earlier
this year at the Texas Relays. The Caracas, Venezuela, native missed
out on the second-best time in program history by 0.01 seconds.
2012 Southeastern Conference Men’s Indoor Runner of the Year, Orta has
enjoyed a strong outdoor season, winning the 3,000m steeplechase at the
Texas Relays and finishing fifth in the 5,000m run at the Florida
The rest of the Kentucky men’s and women’s track
and field teams will compete Saturday and Sunday at the Polytan
Invitational. Sophomore Andrew Evans and freshman Bradley Szypka will
get things started for the Wildcats on Saturday with the men’s hammer
at 4:30 p.m. ET. Evans currently has the seventh-best hammer mark in
Kentucky history, recording a 156-04 in Kentucky’s first outdoor meet
this season, the Bulls Invitational.
Freshmen Todd Nibbs
and Ryan Ratliff will compete in the men’s high jump, while junior
Shelby Kennard and senior Samantha Stenzel will go in the women’s pole
vault. Wrapping up the field events for Kentucky on Saturday will be
freshman Terence Boyd, who will compete in the men’s triple jump.
Nunn, Kayla Parker, Keilah Tyson and Tamyah Pipkin will represent the
Cats in the 4x100m relay. The quartet will try to top what Nunn,
Parker, Shiara Robinson and Tyson accomplished last week, recording the
fourth fastest 4x100m time in school history (45.28).
Devinn Cartwright will compete in the women’s 400m hurdles at 7:20 p.m.
Saturday, and sophomore Brandon Bagley will follow at 7:35 p.m. in the
men’s 400m hurdles.
Katy Achtien, Anna Bostrom, Megan
Broderick and Allison Peare will race in the women’s 1,500m run at 8:30
p.m. In the men’s 1,500m run, Stacey Eden, Matt Hillenbrand, Adam
Kahleifeh, Walter Luttrell and Jared Phillips will represent the Cats.
At last week’s Texas Roadhouse Border Battle Kentuckiana, Hillenbrand
recorded the fourth-fastest 1,500m in the SEC so far this season,
crossing the finish line in 3:48.22.
UK will close out the
first day of competition at the Polytan Invitational with the women’s
5,000m run, in which junior Hiruni Wijayaratne will compete for the
On day two, Kentucky will compete in six field
events, beginning with the women’s shot put and men’s discus at noon.
Other field events taking place Sunday will be the men’s and women’s
long jump, women’s high jump and men’s shot put.
track Sunday, Kentucky will compete in the men’s 110m hurdles, men’s
and women’s 100m dash, men’s 400m, men’s and women’s 800m and men’s
A complete schedule of when and which Kentucky
student-athletes will compete in the Polytan Invitational is listed
below. Live results for the Polytan Invitational can be found at
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Mt. SAC Relays
Hilmer Lodge Stadium
9. Luis Orta – 8:49.45
Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex
Day One Lineup
Men’s Hammer – 4:30 p.m.
Men’s High Jump – 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Pole Vault – 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Triple Jump – 6:30 p.m.
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay – 7:00 p.m.
Kentucky ‘A’ (Julie Nunn, Kayla Parker, Keilah Tyson and Tamyah Pipkin)
Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles – 7:20 p.m.
Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles – 7:35 p.m.
Women’s 1,500-Meter Run – 8:30 p.m.
Men’s 1,500-Meter Run – 8:45 p.m.
Women’s 5,000-Meter Run – 9:00 p.m.
Day Two Lineup
Women’s Shot Put – Noon
Men’s Discus – Noon
Women’s Long Jump – 1:00 p.m.
Men’s Long Jump – 1:00 p.m.
Women’s High Jump – 1:00 p.m.
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles – 1:15 p.m.
Women’s 100-Meter Dash – 1:30 p.m.
Men’s 100-Meter Dash – 1:40 p.m.
Men’s 400-Meter Dash – 2:05 p.m.
Women’s 800-Meter Run – 2:15 p.m.
Men’s 800-Meter Run – 2:30 p.m.
Men’s Shot Put – 2:30 p.m.
Men’s 200-Meter Dash – 3:00 p.m.