More Track Success For The UK Women
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More Track Success For The UK Women

Andrew Cassadyover 6 years


Article written by:Andrew CassadyAndrew Cassady


The UK Women at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon keep on making their school proud as another National Champion will be returning to Lexington. Dezerea Bryant won the 200m NCAA championship with a time of 22.18 seconds, that's the third fastest time in the world this year! ESPN profiled Ms. Bryant earlier this year and her story is pretty remarkable. Here's a bit for you to check out:
On the morning of Feb. 19, 2012, Dezerea Bryant was on her way to the T-Mobile store in Clemson, South Carolina, to replace her cell phone. The college freshman from Milwaukee was just about to make her purchase when she looked down at her phone and noticed her dad was calling -- again. Steve Jenkins Sr. had called multiple times that morning, but she didn't feel like talking. She assumed he wanted to give her a hard time about how much money she planned to spend on her new phone. Unfortunately, he was calling for a much more serious reason. That suspicion crept over her in the store when the number of her mom, Zanetta, popped up a minute later. You don't just ignore mom's phone call. "Antuan got in a car accident, and he ... " her mom started to say. "Are you sure?" Bryant asked. She hung up, put down the phone she planned to buy and immediately broke down. She later found out that her brother Antuan Jenkins had participated in a botched robbery that ended with the getaway car being run off the road. He'd recently lost his job and could find work only as a temp now and then. His family believes he must have felt desperate for money and made a terrible decision. Jenkins died almost instantly at the scene of the car accident from massive head trauma. He was 22 years old.
[ESPN: Meet Dezerea Bryant, The Fastest, Most Brave Woman In The SEC] Overall the ladies finished second in the competition which is good for the highest finish in school history.  

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