Sha’Keela Saunders – wrapping up a senior season which saw her crowned NCAA indoor long jump champion – placed 21st and did not advance in the women’s long jump qualifying round at the IAAF World Championships on Wednesday.

 

With the entire field unable to reach the 21’11.75”/6.70m qualifying mark in some measure due to the cold, rainy conditions over London on Wednesday night, Saunders’s best mark was 20’9″/6.32m on her second of three attempts.

The World Championships served in some form as a bookend on a banner senior season for Saunders. She claimed the NCAA and Southeastern Conference indoor long jump championships, and then qualified for her first major international championship – these World Championships – after near misses at the United States trials the two seasons prior.

Saunders could still compete at the remaining meetings on the European Diamond League circuit in the coming weeks.

On Thursday, Kori Carter – who serves as a volunteer assistant coach on the Kentucky track and field staff and trains under UK head coach Edrick Floréal’s tutelage having competed collegiately for Stanford – will run in the world 400m hurdles final.

She continued the string of world-class performances by the talented pool of professionals who train at the UK track on Tuesday.

 

The United States bronze medalist advanced to the women’s 400-meter hurdles final, while UK Class of 2015 alumna Leah Nugent – a finalist at the Olympic Games representing Jamaica a year ago – was knocked out of the Championships on Monday.

Carter placed a comfortable second in the first of three semifinal heats, running a time of 54.92Q – fourth fastest of the finalists.

 

The Floréal pupil will run out of lane nine (heat winners are awarded more central lanes) in the final at 4:35 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Nugent placed sixth in heat one with a time of 56.19, 14th overall – and 0.46 seconds off the last non-automatic qualifying time.

 

UK Class of 2015 alumna Kendra Harrison, who like her training partner Omar McLeod enters these World Championships as favorite, will begin her program on Friday in the 100m hurdles heats.

 

Kayelle Clarke – who ran the third leg of UK’s NCAA Champion 4x100m relay team in June – made her World Championships debut for Trinidad and Tobago running a time of 23.75 in the 200m heats. She placed sixth in heat four, 35th overall, and did not advance. Clarke is also in T&T’s 4x100m relay pool, and that event will be contested over the final weekend.

Jamaican Arkansas alumnus, now UK volunteer assistant, Omar McLeod’s 110m hurdles gold from Monday highlighted an eventful first four days of the IAAF World Championships for Kentucky Track and Field alumni and staff members.

McLeod could feature in the 4x100m pool for Jamaica over the weekend.

 

UKTF Results/ Timetable – 2017 IAAF World Championships: London
Event UK entry/attachment
Friday, August 4
Men’s Discus qualification 20. Andrew Evans (U.S.): 201’1″/61.32m
Sunday, August 6
Men’s 110H heats 2. (Omar McLeod – Volunteer assistant coach/Arkansas alum [Jamaica]): 13.23Q (-1.2)
Men’s Marathon 67. Luis Orta (Venezuela): 2:33.42
Women’s Marathon DNF: Hiruni Wijuayaratne (Sri Lanka)
Men’s 110H Semifinals 1. McLeod: 13.10Q (+0.2)
Monday, August 7
Women’s 400H Heats  3. (Kori Carter — Volunteer assistant coach/Stanford alum [U.S.]): 54.99Q

17. Leah Nugent (Jamaica): 56.16q

Men’s 110H Final 1. Omar McLeod (Jamaica – UA alum): 13.04 (0.0) | World Champion
Tuesday, August 8
Women’s 200m heats
Seven heats | First 3 in each heat (Q), next 3 fastest (q)
35. Kayelle Clarke: 23.75 (-0.1)
400m Hurdles semifinals
Three heats | Top 2 in each heat (Q), next fastest (q)
4. Kori Carter (U.S – SU alum): 54.92Q

14. Leah Nugent: 56.19

Wednesday, August 9
Women’s Long Jump qualification
Automatic qualifying mark: 21’11.75”/6.70m (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q)
21. Sha’Keela Saunders (U.S.): 20’9″/6.32m
Time (ET) Time (GMT +1) Event UK entry/attachment
Thursday, August 10
4:35 p.m. 9:35 p.m. Women’s 400m hurdles final Lane 9: Carter
Friday, August 11
5:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Women’s 100m Hurdles Heats Kendra Harrison (U.S.)
2:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. Women’s 100m Hurdles Semifinals TBD
Saturday, August 12
5:35 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Women’s 4x100m relay heats (Kayelle Clarke, Trinidad & Tobago)
3:05 p.m. 8:05 p.m. Women’s 100m Hurdles Final TBD
4:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Women’s 4x100m relay final TBD

 

Broadcast Listings – 2017 IAAF World Championships: London
Date Channel Event Start (ET) End (ET)
Wednesday, Aug. 9 NBC Sports Gold NBCSN Feed: Day 6 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Live
Wednesday, Aug. 9 NBCSN Day 6 – Evening Session 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Live
Thursday, Aug. 10 NBC Sports Gold NBCSN Feed: Day 7 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Live
Thursday, Aug. 10 NBCSN Day 7 – Evening Session 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Live
Thursday, Aug. 10 NBC Sports Gold Track Events: Day 7 2:30 PM 5:55 PM Live
Thursday, Aug. 10 NBC Sports Gold Javelin: Day 7 3:05 PM 5:35 PM Live
Thursday, Aug. 10 NBC Sports Gold High Jump: Day 7 3:10 PM 5:20 PM Live
Thursday, Aug. 10 NBC Sports Gold Triple Jump: Day 7 4:20 PM 5:45 PM Live
Thursday, Aug. 10 Olympic Channel Day 7 – Evening Session 8:00 PM 12:00 AM Tape Delay
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold NBCSN Feed: Day 8 5:00 AM 7:30 AM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 NBCSN Day 8 – Morning Session 5:00 AM 7:30 AM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold Track Events: Day 8 6:00 AM 7:20 AM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold Discus: Day 8 6:10 AM 8:30 AM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold Long Jump: Day 8 7:05 AM 8:15 AM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold High Jump: Day 8 7:15 AM 9:25 AM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 Olympic Channel Day 8 – Morning Session 7:30 AM 10:30 AM Tape Delay
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold Shot Put: Day 8 8:55 AM 9:45 AM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold High Jump: Day 8 1:00 PM 3:55 PM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold NBCSN Feed: Day 8 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 Olympic Channel Day 8 – Evening Session 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold Track Events: Day 8 3:05 PM 5:55 PM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold Long Jump: Day 8 3:10 PM 4:35 PM Live
Friday, Aug. 11 NBC Sports Gold Hammer Throw: Day 8 4:30 PM 5:40 PM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 Olympic Channel Day 10 – Morning Session 3:00 AM 11:00 AM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 NBC Sports Gold NBCSN Feed: Day 9 5:00 AM 7:00 AM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 NBCSN Day 9 – Morning Session 5:00 AM 7:00 AM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 NBC Sports Gold Track Events: Day 9 6:00 AM 8:05 AM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 NBC Sports Gold Discus: Day 9 7:00 AM 9:10 AM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 Olympic Channel Day 9 – Morning Session 9:00 AM 12:00 PM Tape Delay
Saturday, Aug. 12 NBC Sports Gold Pole Vault: Day 9 10:15 AM 1:20 PM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 NBC Sports Gold Javelin: Day 9 1:30 PM 5:30 PM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 NBC Sports Gold NBC Feed: Day 9 3:00 PM 5:00 PM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 NBC Day 9 – Evening Session 3:00 PM 5:00 PM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 NBC Sports Gold High Jump: Day 9 3:05 PM 5:00 PM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 NBC Sports Gold Track Events: Day 9 4:05 PM 5:55 PM Live
Saturday, Aug. 12 Olympic Channel Day 9 – Evening Session 8:00 PM 10:00 PM Tape Delay
Sunday, Aug. 13 NBC Sports Gold 50km Race Walk: Day 10 3:45 AM 8:05 AM Live
Sunday, Aug. 13 NBC Sports Gold 20km Race Walk: Day 10 8:20 AM 11:55 AM Live
Sunday, Aug. 13 NBC Sports Gold NBC Feed: Day 10 2:30 PM 4:30 PM Live
Sunday, Aug. 13 NBC Day 10 – Evening Session 2:30 PM 4:30 PM Live
Sunday, Aug. 13 NBC Sports Gold High Jump: Day 10 3:00 PM 4:50 PM Live
Sunday, Aug. 13 NBC Sports Gold Discus: Day 10 3:10 PM 4:20 PM Live
Sunday, Aug. 13 NBC Sports Gold Track Events: Day 10 3:35 PM 5:20 PM Live
Sunday, Aug. 13 Olympic Channel Day 10 – Evening Session 8:00 PM 10:00 PM Tape Delay

 

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Jake Most

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