While most of the sports world eyes are turned to the basketball court when it comes to the University of Kentucky, a Clayton native did something no other Wildcat athlete has done last weekend.
Keni Harrison became Kentucky’s first 60-meter hurdle national champion at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Her win, coming after a runner-up finish in the 100 hurdles at the NCAA Outdoors last season and a fifth place run in last year’s NCAA Indoors, helped the Wildcats record their highest finish ever at an NCAA indoor meet: fifth.
The 7.87-second run, a venue and school record, also led to her 12th selection to the NCAA All-American team. She also garnered first-team AA status in the 4x400 relay with teammates Dezerea Bryant, Morganne Phillips and Ariah Graham.
Harrison has also been named to the Bowerman Trophy watch list. The Bowerman Trophy, named for the legendary University of Oregon coach and early Nike shoe designer, is awarded to the most outstanding individual track and field athlete in the collegiate ranks.
After missing most of the indoor season with an injury, Harrison won the 60-meter hurdle title at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships and helped the 4x4 relay team set a school record.
There’s little break for the Wildcats. They opened their outdoor season this weekend at the USTA Challenge Invitational in San Antonio.
Johnson is frosh of the week: North Johnston grad Jamie Johnson was named the Peach Belt Conference Softball Freshman of the Week earlier this month.
Johnson, a Kenly native, helped lead the offensive charge for the Braves during the week and went 8-for-12 to help extend her current hitting streak to 11 games. The third baseman was perfect from the plate hitting 3-for-3 in UNCP’s 2-1 victory over Chowan and added an RBI and a pair of stolen bases in the contest.
She snatched up five stolen bases on five attempts, while hitting .667, slugging .750 and putting up a .692 on-base percentage. Johnson leads the Black and Gold with her .405 batting average an ranks second on the team in runs driven in.