Ashley Trimble saved the best for last Friday night.
In fifth place after four of five events, the Kentucky senior literally ran away with the women’s pentathlon in the 800 meters to become the first champion of the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Trimble never led the overall points standings until blasting the 800 in 2:14.72 on the oversized Nutter Field House oval.
That gave her 897 points and a five-event total of 3,991– beating her own school record by two points.
Mississippi State senior Marrissa Harris, who led after each of the first four events, repeated as SEC runner-up with 3,945 points. Alabama’s Chealsea Taylor took third with 3,934.
Besides Trimble, UK had Danielle Sampley in sixth (3,645), Ashley Newby ninth (3,542), Precious Nwokey 10th (3,428) and Natalie Wise 12th (3,221).
Trimble, from Columbus, Ohio, is UK’s first multi-event winner in the SEC Championships. She placed fourth at last year’s SEC meet.
She moved into position to strike for victory by placing second in the long jump (19-0 1/2), hitting the takeoff board to perfection on the last of her three attempts. Arkansas’ Peter-Gaye Beckford won that event (20-2 1/4).
Going to the final event, Harris led Taylor 3,217 to 3,153. Then came Mississippi State’s Laquinta Aaron (3,141), Beckford (3,099), Trimble (3,094) and Sampley (3,039).
In the 800, Trimble’s 2:14.72 put her all alone at the finish. Runner-up Ellen Wortham of Tennessee clocked in at 2:20.11. Harris ran a personal-best 2:27.25, fifth in the event, to score 728 points.
In the men’s heptathlon, South Carolina senior Curt McGill took the first-day lead with 3,168 points. Next came Tennessee’s Michael Ayers (3,128) and Florida’s Gray Horn (3,104). UK freshman Kevin Carney is 14th (2,573).
Ayers, Horn and South Carolina’s Scott Pierce tied for first in Friday’s final event, the high jump (6-6 3/4, 803 points).
Harris maintains lead through three events
After three of five events in the women’s pentathlon, it’s still Marrissa Harris of Mississippi State in the lead.
Peter-Gaye Beckford of Arkansas won the third event, putting the shot 43-4 1/4.
Harris was a solid fifth, though, at 36-6 3/4.
That gave Harris 604 points for a three-event total of 2,431 points.
Next are Alabama’s Chealsea Taylor (2,415) and Mississippi State’s Laquinta Aaron (2,358). Despite scoring 741 points in the shot, Beckford is in 10th (2,203).
For Kentucky, in the overall standings it’s Ashley Trimble in fifth (2,305), Danielle Sampley seventh (2,268), Ashley Newby eighth (2,263), Precious Nwokey 11th (2,145) and Natalie Wise 14th (2,032).
Trimble led the Cats in the shot, ninth in the event (34-7, 565 points). Sampley threw 33-6 (543); Newby 33-1 1/4 (535); Nwokey 30-6 1/2 (484), and Wise 30-0 3/4 (475).
McGill increases heptathlon lead
With a first-place shot put of 46-0 1/2, South Carolina senior Curt McGill has padded his lead through three events of the men’s heptathlon.
McGill’s effort scored 730 points, making his three-event total 2,445.
Tennessee’s Michael Ayers is second (2,325), followed by Florida’s Gray Horn (2,301). Kentucky freshman Kevin Carney moved up one place, 15th with 1,903 points.
Ayers placed second in the shot (44-3 1/4, 697 points, while Horn was ninth (39-5, 607). Carney’s put ranked eighth (39-7, 610).
Harris retains pentathlon lead
Mississippi State’s Marrissa Harris retained her lead in the pentathlon, clearing 5-4 1/2 in the high jump.
Alabama’s Chealsea Taylor had the best clearance, 5-10 1/2, to move into second place.
Tennessee’s Ellen Wortham, runner-up in the high jump, is third.
Harris’ clearance was worth 783 points, pushing her total to 1,827.
Taylor, scoring 966 in the jump, has 1,812 points.
Wortham, with 855, increased her total to 1,805.
For Kentucky, Ashley Trimble, Ashley Newby and Danielle Sampley rank 5-6-7 in the field of 18 competitors, with two-event totals of 1,740, 1,728 and 1,725. Precious Nwokey is 10th at 1,661, with Natalie Wise in 12th with 1,557.
Newby led UK’s high jumpers, tying for third overall at 5-5 3/4 (818 points). Trimble cleared 5-2 1/4, while Sampley, Nwokey and Wise all topped 5-3 1/4.
Carolina’s McGill wins long jump, takes over lead in heptathlon
South Carolina senior Curt McGill has moved from third place to first through the first two events of the men’s heptathlon.
McGill posted the best long jump of competition, 23 feet, 5 1/2 inches, to score 850 points. Combined with 865 points in the hurdles, McGill increased his score to 1,715 points.
Florida freshman Gray Horn took second in the jump (23-2 3/4, 833 points) and is second overall (1,694).
Hurdles winner Eddie Stoudamire of South Carolina took third in the jump (22-3 1/2, 764 points), dropping to third overall (1,675).
Tennessee’s Michael Ayers is fourth (1,628).
Kentucky’s lone entrant, freshman Kevin Carney, took 16th in the jump (19-11 3/4, 606) and is 16th overall (1,293) in a field of 17.
Gamecock wins heptathlon 60
South Carolina sophomore Eddie Stoudamire took the opening event of the men’s heptathlon, the 60 meters, in 6.92 seconds. That’s worth 911 points.
Tennessee sophomore Michael Ayers was second (7.04, 868 points), just ahead of South Carolina senior Curt McGill (7.05, 865).
UK freshman Kevin Carney stands 15th through one event, timed in 7.58 (687 points).
The SEC meet, at the University of Kentucky’s Nutter Field House, is off and running.
Today (Friday), the women’s pentatathlon and the first four events of the men’s heptathlon are the only events on the agenda.
Marrissa Harris of Mississippi State had the fastest time in the opening event, 8.38 seconds for the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. That earned the senior 1,044 points, 14 ahead of teammate Laquinta Aaron.
Kentucky’s Ashley Trimble was third in 8.45, two points behind Aaron’s 1,030. UK’s Danielle Sampley was fourth (8.68, 978 points), Precious Nwokey 10th (8.98, 914), Ashley Newby 11th (9.00, 910) and Natalie Wise 15th (9.49, 810).
Among the spectators is UK head football coach Rich Brooks.
Next event: heptathlon 60-meter dash. South Carolina’s Eddie Stoudemire comes in with the fastest time, 6.99 seconds.
Saturday and Sunday sessions start at 11 a.m.
For the Herald-Leader meet preview, see http://www.kentucky.com/978/story/708504.html
And for Kentucky’s outlook, see http://www.kentucky.com/821/story/708775.html