Erb, Scott and Tarasova Post Victories at Arkansas Invitational

Jan. 11, 2008


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Fayetteville, Ark. – Junior Nickesha Anderson set the school record in the women’s 200-meter dash while junior Zlata Tarasova, sophomore Kelsey Erb and senior Jordan Scott each won their respective events for the University of Kansas track and field teams at the Arkansas Invitational on Friday night.

Anderson had an impressive debut in the 200-meter dash for the Jayhawks with a second-place finish. The Hanover, Jamaica native, finished in a time of 23.77, topping the school record of 24.03 set by teammate Victoria Howard last season. Anderson also provisionally qualified for the indoor NCAA Championships with her effort.

Tarasova won the women’s weight throw with a toss of 18.42 meters (60-05.25 ft.) and Erb took home the women’s high jump title with her leap of 1.68 meters (5-06 ft.). Scott won his second straight pole vault in as many meets with his NCAA provisional qualifying effort of 5.30 meters (17-04.50 ft.) Freshman Amanda Miller also won her race in the 3,000-meter run with her time of 10:30.49.

Senior Crystal Manning placed second in the triple jump with her effort of 12.96 meters (42-06.25 ft.) while senior Kate Sultanova and sophomore Lauren Bonds also had third-place showings for the women. Sultanova had an NCAA provisional qualifying pole vault of 4.12 meters (13-06.25 ft.) and Bonds ran the Mile in a time of 4:49.16.

On the men’s side, senior Julius Jiles finished third in the 60-meter hurdles (8.00) and sophomore Kirk Cooper finished third in the pole vault (5.05 meters/16-06.75 ft.).

The Jayhawks return home next week for the first of two home indoor meets with the Kansas Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Anschutz Pavilion. Six days later, Kansas will play host again with the Jayhawk Classic on Friday, Jan. 25.