Anderson sets Anschutz Facility Record at Kansas Invitational
Jan. 19, 2008
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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Lawrence, Kan. – At the first home indoor meet of the season, junior Nickesha Anderson and several members of the University of Kansas track and field team put on impressive performances for the home crowd at Anschutz Pavilion on Saturday at the Kansas Invitational.
Anderson, a native of Hanover, Jamaica, broke the Anschutz Pavilion facility record and set an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the women’s 60-meter dash with her winning time of 7.43. In all, the Jayhawks took home 11 event titles and four more, including Anderson, posted postseason qualifying marks.
Senior Kate Sultanova put up another NCAA provisional qualifying time in taking home the pole vault title with her effort of 4.13 meters (13-06.50 ft.) while junior Zlata Tarasova accomplished the same in finishing second in the women’s weight throw with her toss of 18.79 meters (61-07.75 ft.). Sophomore Jordan Scott also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships by winning the pole vault with an effort of 5.26 meters (17-03 ft.).
Junior Victoria Howard, who placed second to Anderson in the 60 meters, was the first to cross the finish line in the 200-meter dash with her time of 24.44 while senior Crystal Manning won the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.95 meters (19-06.25 ft.).
Senior Maresia Pencil won the 600-yard run with a personal-best time of 1:24.68 and sophomore Lauren Bonds won the 3,000-meter run for the second time this year with her finish of 10:03.21.
To the delight of the Jayhawk faithful in attendance, after a victory in the 1,600-meter relay (3:53.62), the women had claimed a total of eight event titles on the day.
On the men’s side, senior Matt Baysinger helped the Jayhawks sweep the 600-yard run with his winning time of 1:11.71.
Also highlighting the day for KU was the men’s 3,000-meter run where the top three and six of the top seven finishers were wearing the crimson and blue. Senior Paul Hefferon took the crown with a finish of 8:35.39 while fellow senior Patrick McGowan placed second (8:40.70) and sophomore Bret Imgrund placed third (8:43.38).
Sophomore Kirk Cooper also had an impressive day with his pole vault of 5.11 meters (16-09 ft.), setting a new personal-best in finishing second to Scott.
The Jayhawks return to Anschutz Pavilion next Friday, Jan. 25, for the Jayhawk Classic. Events are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Central standard time. For more information, log on to www.kuathletics.com.