Kansas Track and Field Hosts Bill Easton Classic

Jan. 7, 2010

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Kansas track and field will host its first meet of the 2010 calendar year on Friday, Jan. 8 in Anschutz Pavilion. The Bill Easton Classic will feature nine different schools from around the area, as well as several track clubs and individual competitors. The meet will begin at 1 p.m. with the field events, followed by track events starting at 3 p.m.

This marks the Jayhawks’ first competition since their “preseason” meet on Dec. 5, when sophomore Keith Hayes and freshman Mason Finley both hit NCAA provisional qualifying standards in their respective events. Hayes ran a 7.91 in the 60-meter hurdles, while Finley threw the shot put 19.10m (62-08.00 ft.), which was just shy of the automatic qualifying mark.

Finley will enter the throws ring at 2:30 p.m. for the men’s shot put, and Hayes will run in the 60-meter hurdles at 3:45 p.m.

Three-time Big 12 Champion and two-time indoor All-American pole vaulter, Jordan Scott, will make his season debut on Friday at 5 p.m. in the men’s pole vault. Scott, who is entering his final indoor season for the Crimson and Blue, was the only Jayhawk to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year, where he finished third overall.

On the women’s side, freshman Andrea Geubelle will compete as the top-seeded collegiate athlete in the long and triple jump on Friday. Geubelle won the long jump event in her first outing as a Jayhawk, leaping 5.86m (19-2.75 ft.).

The women’s pole vault squad will have any array of talented competitors, including junior Jaci Perryman, who won the event on Dec. 5, junior Abby Jones and sophomore Julia Cummings. They Jayhawks will also see the debut of Tara Turnbull, a semester transfer from Purdue University. The women’s pole vault event will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Both the men’s and women’s team will have five different squads competing in the relay events. The distance medley relays will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by the 4×400 meter relays at 6:50 p.m.

For more information regarding the schedule of events and KU athletes, visit the track and field page on www.kuathletics.com