Kansas Track and Field Set to Host Jayhawk Invitational

Jan. 18, 2007


The University of Kansas track and field teams will host the 2007 Jayhawk Invitational Saturday from Anschutz Pavilion. The event marks the teams’ third indoor meet of the season and represents another opportunity for the Jayhawks to compete for NCAA qualifying marks.

The Jayhawk Invitational’s first track event, the women’s 3000 meter run, is scheduled to start at approximately 10:30 a.m., and conclude with the men’s 3200 meter relay, slated to begin at 7:15 p.m. Field events, beginning with the women’s weight throw at 9:00 a.m., will run concurrently with the track events.

At last weekend’s Illini Invitational, three KU student-athletes registered NCAA provisional-qualifying marks in their respective events. Freshman Britany Parker cleared 12-11.50 in the pole vault, winning the event in the process. Sophomore Egor Agafonov, the reining Big 12 champion in the weight throw and a 2006 All-American in the event, won the competition with a provisional-qualifying toss of 68-06.50. Finally, sophomore Stephanie Horton cleared the provisional standards in the women’s shot put with a winning toss of 50-00.75.

In all, 10 Kansas student-athletes claimed victory in the second indoor meet of the season. Sophomore Ashley Brown (60 meter hurdles) and freshman Jack Sachse (800 meters) won their events for the second-straight competition. Also victorious in Champaign, Ill., were senior Adrian Ludwig (mile), sophomore Zlata Tarasova (weight throw), senior Janiece Gatson (600 meters), junior Matt Baysinger (600 meters) and junior Paul Hefferon (3000 meters).

“We are really looking forward to having the indoor meet here,” senior Cody Roberts said. “I am very excited personally because my family is coming in and some fellow athletes and friends will be there as well, so it will be exciting to show them what I have been working on.”

“On Saturday, I’ll be running a mid-distance double, which is a mile run and the 1000 meters” junior Alicia McGregor said. “For the mile, I will be going for under 5:10 and the 1000 meters, I’ll be hoping for under 3:10.”

The Jayhawk Invitational is the only indoor meet of the season held in Lawrence. Admission is free to the general public and an event program will be available as well. Stay tuned to kuathletics for all the results and a full recap of all the action.