Kendra Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats Hurdler, to Compete in World Championships


It is not secret that the Kentucky Wildcats have had a great athletics year across the board. Every team that represents the blue and white has excelled and made the Big Blue Nation swell with pride. This continues, even as the ‘off-season’ gets underway, as athletes from Kentucky are still competing. Just yesterday, Kentucky Wildcats senior Kendra Harrison ran in the USATF Outdoor Championships 100 meter hurdle final. And in that race, Kendra Harrison came in second by 0.01 seconds, capturing the silver medal and qualifying for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Check out what Kendra Harrison and her coach Edrick Floreal had to say about the race below with quotes from UK Athletics.

"“I’m becoming more of an elite hurdler, a senior in this event,” Harrison – who has the second fastest 400m hurdles time in the world this year despite electing to focus on the short hurdles this week – said. “Each round, I’m able to stay focused and do what I need to do. I think anything is possible now. I’m going to train hard. I’m going to be with the best hurdlers so hopefully I can come out well when I go to China. My outdoor season has been phenomenal, and I’m just happy to make the team.”“This was her first loss in the 100m hurdles all year,” UK head coach Edrick Floreal said. “That means you have to survive all the rounds of USAs and beat all the professional athletes. All the people that do this for a living while you have to go to class and she’s an Academic All-American.“I think in the scope of that year, accomplishing all those things combined with her background: being adopted as one of 11 siblings, winning NCAAs and doing an incredible hurdle double at the NCAA Championships in 35 minutes, deserves a lot of praise. She’s overcome life adversity and a lot of things to become a champion. That’s truly what I think Keni is. A champion in life.”"

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If Kendra Harrison can continue her amazing season, then she has a real chance to place in the IAAF World Championships, something that would put her on the fast track for the 2016 Olympics. And who wouldn’t want to see, and cheer for, a former Kentucky Wildcat running in the Olympic Games that so many people tune into every four years. So tune into the IAAF World Championships come August and support the Kentucky Wildcat with everything you’ve got. It’s an exciting time for both her and the Big Blue Nation!

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