The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men’s Track and Field team has had a great start to their outdoor season. With two 3rd place finishes and a win last week at Centre College, the Patriots are carrying some big momentum into the UC Invite this weekend. Two particular Patriots did exceptionally well last week and for their efforts were awarded by the Mid-South Conference (MSC).
Brendan Kelly (Lexington, KY) is the Mid-South Conference Track Athlete of the Week while his teammate Cameron Smoak (Williamsburg, KY) is the MSC Field Athlete of the Week, conference officials announced . The weekly award is Kelly’s first of the season and second of his career while Smoak earns his second straight weekly honor.
Kelly won three events during the Centre Invitational. He posted wins in the 800 meter run, 1,500 meter run, and anchored the 4x400 meter relay team to a win. Brendan captured the 800 with a time of 1:58.60, just ahead of teammate Devin Gray who came in at 1:59.04. Kelly dominated the 1,500 meter run, winning by 13 seconds over his nearest competitor, running a time of 3:59.55. He capped his day of as the anchor of the 4x400 in 50.28 seconds and helping the Patriots post a winning time of 3:27.27.
Smoak won the shot put and finished runner up in the javelin at Centre to earn the conference’s field award. Cameron captured the win in the 17-man shot put with a toss of 44 feet and 1.5 inches (13.45m). Smoak finished second in the 25-man javelin with a distance of 144-10 feet (44.15m), finishing behind teammate Dallas Defoor who threw 155-10 feet. He contributed 18 points to the UC total that day.
The Patriots will be back in action on Saturday April 12th as they host the UC Invite.
For more information on the Patriot Men’s Track and Field program along with other Patriot athletics, please visitwww.cumberlandspatriots.com.