Scott, Finley Hit NCAA Provisional Marks at Bill Easton Classic

Jan. 8, 2010

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Senior All-American pole vaulter Jordan Scott and freshman Mason Finley led the Jayhawks at the Bill Easton Classic, as both Kansas track and field athletes hit NCAA provisional qualifying marks in their respective events.

Scott, who was competing in the first meet of his final indoor season for the Crimson and Blue, cleared a height of 5.20 meters (17-00.75 ft.), just meeting the provisional qualifying standard. The Watkinsville, Ga., native is the three-time defending Big 12 Champion in the pole vault and finished third in the country last year at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Finley threw the shot put 18.62 meters (61-01.25 ft.) to finish first in the event by over eight feet and meet the NCAA provisional qualifying standard for the second time this season. At the Jayhawks’ first home indoor meet on Dec. 5, Finley posted a mark of 19.10 meters (62-08.00 ft.).

The Jayhawks also had success in the women’s shot put, as Micah Wesley threw 13.40 meters (43-11.75 ft.) to win the event.

Senior Brian Bishop was also victorious in the throws ring, winning the men’s 35-pound weight throw with a personal-best mark of 15.56 meters (51-00.75 ft.).

Kansas had two other field competitors hit high marks on Saturday, as Andrea Geubelle finished first among collegiate athletes in both the long jump and triple jump and senior Kelsey Erb won the high jump event.

Former KU athlete Crystal Manning, who was competing as an unattached individual, won the long and triple jump, but Geubelle finished closed behind the All-American, posting marks of 5.91 meters (19-04.75 ft.) in the long jump and 12.53 (41-01.50 ft.) in the triple jump.

Erb once again dominated the high jump, clearing 1.60 meters (5-03.00 ft.). She was followed by senior Elizabeth Beisner and freshman Sara Noonan, who both jumped 1.55 meters (5-01.00 ft.).

On the track, the women’s team had several winners, including senior Shayla Wilson in the 400-meter dash (58.05) and freshman Kathryn Lupton in the 60-meter hurdles (9.37).

Sophomore Cori Christenson, who transferred from Samford University at the semester, won the mile with a time of 5:15.98, while Lauren Bonds, who currently holds the KU school record in the mile and 1,000 meters, made her 2010 indoor debut with the 3,000 meter run, finishing first in a time of 9:50.67.

The men’s team also saw success on the track, as four different Jayhawks took first in their events. Sophomore Keyen Porter crossed the finish line of the 200-meter dash in 22.77, to win the event by three hundredths of a second.

Freshman Sam Jones and Derrick Perry went one-two in the 600-yard run, finishing with times of 1:13.83 and 1:14.01, respectively.

Senior Ryan Peterson won the 800 meters in 2:00.31, while Bret Imgrund led a pack of eight KU runners in the 3,000 meters, finishing first with a time of 8:33.67.

The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Reggie Carter, Kyle Clemons, Keith Hayes and Keron Toussaint posted a winning-time of 3:19.65. The men’s distance medley relay squad also finished on top, as Donny Wasinger, Zach Zarda, Jones and Perry combined for a time of 10:33.84.

The Jayhawks will next travel to Columbia, Mo. for the Kansas vs. Missouri Dual on Friday, Jan. 15.