The collegiate track and field season will culminate over the next four days when Kentucky competes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 5-8 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

The meet will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks throughout the week with the original schedule recently pushed up by two and half hours to try an avoid an inclement weather forecast. ESPN2 will show Wednesday’s competition starting at 5 p.m. ET, with field events streaming on ESPN3 starting at 3 p.m. ET.

The open events start with UK’s men’s 4x100m relay at 5:02 p.m. ET/4:02 p.m. CT (local in Austin) and the first Wildcat in an open field event Wednesday will be Matt Peare in the men’s pole vault at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 CT.


All field events will have online broadcasts via ESPN3.

The format
Points are scored at the NCAA Championships by individuals or relay teams finishing top-eight in respective events. Points are awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis with 10 going to the winner and one going to eight place. The team with the most points at the end of the meet wins the team title.
 
Athletes qualified to the NCAA Championships finals site by finishing top-12 at two regional meets 10 days ago. The East and West Preliminary Championships. Athletes qualified there based on having top-48 marks in respective events recorded during the season.

The quote
“I think we’re set up beautifully,” UK Head Coach Lonnie Greene said. “At that meet the points are hard to come by. When you talk about the finals site, when you talk about the National Championships you’re talking about 39 available points in each event that athletes are going to compete for. That may sound like a lot, but any points out of those 39 are difficult to come by because it’s the best of the best.

“There’s no meet in the world that’s more competitive than the NCAA Championships. I think our babies are ready, the key for them is just go there and execute on that day and trust the fact that they belong there.”
 
Meet primer

The No. 9-ranked Kentucky women’s team has 11 event entries, tied for fifth most. The No. 18 UK men’s team has 11 event entries, tied for sixth most at the Championships.

The men’s competition will be held Wednesday and Friday with just the men’s decathlon concluding on Thursday.
 
The women’s competition will take place Thursday and Saturday, with the heptathlon starting on Friday.

The multi-events cross over because they have to be held in two consecutive days.

The precedent
The UK women’s team has finished in the top five at NCAA outdoors three of the last four years and was fourth with 46 points last year. UK’s best-ever NCAA Outdoor finish was second on 50 points in 2015.

Senior Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile Excel medaled at NCAA outdoors in the triple jump the past two years.

The UK men’s team finished tied-16th with 16 points last year at NCAA Outdoors. UK’s best NCAA outdoor finish was ninth in 2008 on 25 points.

Broadcast / Field Event Streaming Information

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 
TRACK EVENTS
TIME (CT)EVENTROUNDDIVISIONUK entries
4:02 p.m.4x100m RelaySemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesMenHt. 2 | Ln. 3: UK
4:16 p.m.1500mSemifinalMen 
4:32 p.m.3k SteepleSemifinalMen 
5:02 p.m.110m HurdlesSemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesMenHt. 1 | Ln. 6: Daniel RobertsHt. 2 | Ln. 8: Tai Brown
5:16 p.m.100mSemifinalMen 
5:30 p.m.400mSemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesMenHt. 1 | Ln. 2: Dwight St. Hillaire
5:44 p.m.800mSemifinalMen 
6 p.m.400m HurdlesSemifinalMen 
6:14 p.m.200mSemifinalMen 
6:26 p.m.400mDecathlonMen 
7:18 p.m.10kFinalMen 
9:08 p.m.4x400m RelaySemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesMenHt. 1 | Ln. 8: UK
FIELD EVENTS
TIME (CT)EVENTROUNDDIVISIONUK entries
2 p.m.HammerFinalMen 
4:30 p.m.Pole VaultFinalMenPeare
4:45 p.m.JavelinFinal // 2 flightsMenFl. 1 | #3. Elijah Marta
6 p.m.Long JumpFinalMen 
6:40 p.m.Shot PutFinal // 2 flightsMenFl. 2 | Ln. 2: Noah Castle
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
TRACK EVENTS
TIME (CT)EVENTROUNDDIVISIONUK entries
7:02 p.m.4x100m RelaySemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesWomenHt. 2 | Ln. 5: UK
7:16 p.m.1500mSemifinalWomen 
7:32 p.m.3k SteepleSemifinalWomen 
8:02 p.m.100m HurdlesSemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesWomenHt. 2 | Ln. 3: Faith Ross
8:16 p.m.100mSemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesWomenHt. 3 | Ln. 8: Kianna Gray | Ln. 9: Celera Barnes
8:30 p.m.400mSemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesWomenHt. 5 | Ln. 5: Chloe Abbott
8:44 p.m.800mSemifinalWomen 
9:00 p.m.400m HurdlesSemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesWomenHt. 1 | Ln. 4: Faith Ross | Ln. 6: Masai Russell
9:14 p.m.200mSemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesWomenHt. 2 | Ln. 4: Abby Steiner
9:26 p.m.1500mDecathlonMen 
9:38 p.m.10kFinalWomen 
10:18 p.m.4x400m RelaySemifinal3 heats. Advance top2 eachHeat + next 2 best timesWomenHt. 2 | Ln. 7: UK
FIELD EVENTS
TIME (CT)EVENTROUNDDIVISIONUK entries
4:30 p.m.HammerFinalWomen 
7:30 p.m.Pole VaultFinalWomen 
8:15 p.m.JavelinFinalWomen 
8:30 p.m.Long JumpFinalWomen 
9:10 p.m.Shot PutFinalWomen 
FRIDAY, JUNE 7 
TRACK EVENTS
TIME (CT)EVENTROUNDDIVISIONUK entries
7:32 p.m.4x100m RelayFinalMenTBD
7:41 p.m.1500mFinalMen 
7:54 p.m.3k SteepleFinalMen 
8:12 p.m.110m HurdlesFinalMenTBD
8:22 p.m.100mFinalMen 
8:32 p.m.400mFinalMenTBD
8:44 p.m.800mFinalMen 
8:57 p.m.400m HurdlesFinalMen 
9:07 p.m.200mFinalMen 
9:13 p.m.200mHeptathlonWomen 
9:25 p.m.5kFinalMen 
9:51 p.m.4x400m RelayFinalMenTBD
FIELD EVENTS
TIME (CT)EVENTROUNDDIVISIONUK entries

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