Battle Wins Twice in Arkansas
Jan. 13, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –
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The day was highlighted by victories in the shot put and the weight throw by senior Sheldon Battle. Both of his tosses (shot put-59-04.25, weight throw-66-01.50) already provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held March 10 and 11 at the same complex. Sophomore Paul Hefferon also had a victory on the day. The Overland Park, Kan., native beat the rest of the field in the 3000m, winning the race in a time of 8:22.06.
The women’s performances were highlighted by a pair of third place results, the first in the long jump from Crystal Manning (19-02.50) and the other in the shot put from freshman Stephanie Horton (41-01.75).
Additionally, the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams finished sixth and seventh, respectively. The men turned in a time of 3:17.07 while the women ran a 3:53.15.
Other top performances of the day included Julius Jiles in the 60m hurdles (sixth, 8.19), Brandon Hodges in the 800m (sixth, 1:53.80) and Cody Roberts in the weight throw (sixth, 53-09.00). On the women’s side Tiffany Cherry finished seventh in the 60m (7.66), Dena Seibel finished seventh in the mile (5:18.00) and Connie Abbott also had a seventh place result in the 3000m (10:26.12).
The Jayhawks return to Lawrence next weekend for the KU/KSU/MU Triangular on Jan. 20, the first of two consecutive home meets. The teams will close out the month with the Jayhawk Invitational on Jan. 28.