Lexington, Kentucky – Deemed as one the best fields assembled, the 2008 version of the Rod McCravy Memorial track and field meet, hosted by the University of Kentucky at the E.J. Nutter Field House, will feature nine teams currently ranked in the top 25.
Action began Friday evening with the weight throw and continues on Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m. EST. Results are available at UKathletics.com.
The final home meet for Kentucky will include the following ranked teams among the men’s field – No. 2 Tennessee, No. 11 Florida, No. 16 South Carolina and No. 21 Ohio State. Meanwhile, the women’s field includes five ranked squads – No. 2 Tennessee, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 11 Florida and No. 17 Georgia Tech. A total of 18 schools will be in action this weekend.
The meet is named in honor of Rod McCravy, a former University of Kentucky track athlete who died in 1987 at the age of 19 while sleeping in his dorm room. Although just a sophomore, McCravy had already become one of the team’s leaders.
Texas A&M, fresh off stellar performances at the Razorback Invitational, head into SEC territory for a second consecutive week. The Aggies are the lone Big 12 school competing on the oversized-flat track, which measures 290 meters.
Other programs entered in the meet include Alabama (men), Georgia State (women), Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Oh), Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State (women), Pittsburgh, and TCU.
Texas A&M men seek more NCAA qualifiers to join the pair they picked up in Arkansas with Gerald Phiri in the 60 and Julian Reid in the long jump.
On the women’s side the Aggies already have an NCAA auto qualifier in Porscha Lucas, currently second in the world and the U.S. leader in the 200 with a time of 23.16.
Provisional qualifiers from last week include Jessica Beard (200), Ashika Charan (triple jump), Simone Facey (60), Lucas (60), Jennifer Williams (60H), and the 4 x 400 relay.
A&M’s relay unit of Sandy Wooten, Jennifer Williams, Simone Facey and Jessica Beard clocked 3:35.32 while defeating LSU (3:37.19) and Arkansas (3:37.52) last weekend and currently sits atop the world, collegiate and Big 12 lists.
They will likely face a challenge from South Carolina (3:37.94) and Tennessee (3:39.85) during the Rod McCravy Memorial.