Jayhawks set to host Kansas Invitational

Jan. 15, 2008

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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Lawrence, Kan. – Anschutz Pavilion, on the campus of the University of Kansas, will host the first of two indoor track and field meets this year for the Jayhawks with the Kansas Invitational on Saturday afternoon.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The 11th-ranked Kansas men and the 27th-ranked Kansas women will welcome in four competing schools. The University of Missouri, the University of Tulsa, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Wichita State University round out the five-team meet.

Kansas is coming off a highly successful meet at the Arkansas Invitational where four athletes posted postseason qualifying marks and four more posted victories in their events.

Junior Zlata Tarasova won the women’s weight throw, sophomore Kelsey Erb took home the women’s high jump title, freshman Amanda Miller won her 3,000-meter race and for the second straight meet, sophomore Jordan Scott set an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and won the pole vault. Scott accomplished both feats with his vault of 5.30 meters (17-04.50 ft.) on Jan. 11.

Junior transfer Nickesha Anderson also provisionally qualified with a school-record breaking time of 23.77 in the 200-meter dash. Anderson broke the record previously held by teammate Victoria Howard (24.03). Seniors Crystal Manning and Kate Sultanova set their marks in the triple jump and pole vault, respectively. Manning placed second with her qualifying leap of 12.96 meters (42-06.25 ft.) and Sultanova finished third with a vault of 4.12 meters (13-06.25 ft.).

The Kansas Invitational is scheduled to begin with the semi-finals of the men’s 60-meter hurdles and the women’s weight throw at 11:00 a.m. Central standard time. The final event, the men’s 1,600-meter relay, is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Results can be found at www.kuathletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the day’s events.