KU Track and Field Teams Stay at Home for the Jayhawk Invitational
Jan. 27, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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The University of Kansas men’s and women’s track and field teams remain at home this weekend for Saturday’s Jayhawk Invitational. The all-day meet gets underway at 9 a.m. from the Anschutz Sports Pavilion with the women’s weight throw. The meet will feature 42 teams, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri State and Pittsburg State, among many others.
After debuting in the Trackwire.com top-25 at No. 13, the men’s team fell five spots in the most recent edition of the rankings and will enter Saturday’s meet at No. 18.
The Jayhawks are coming off a second-place result at last week’s KU/KSU/MU Triangular. The Kansas State Wildcats won the competition by scoring a men’s and women’s combined point total of 265. Kansas was second with 240.5, and Missouri placed third with a score of 212.5.
The Jayhawk performances were highlighted by Sheldon Battle’s automatic qualification in the shot put for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Having already provisionally qualified in the event at the previous week’s Arkansas Invitational, Battle had a toss of 65-8 1/4 on Friday to beat the field and put him in the championship meet in March.
Several meet records fell at the hands of the Jayhawks as well. Tiffany Cherry won the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.55, beating the meet record by .08. Aaron Thompson broke two meet records of his own, one in the 60-meter dash (6.75) and the other in the 60-meter hurdles (7.94). The senior out of Lenexa, Kan., also finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 46-4 3/4.
Following the Jayhawk Invitational, Kansas will travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invitational on Feb. 4 and 5. The meet will be held at the Bob Devaney Track Center, the same facility that will host the Big 12 Indoor Championship on Feb. 24 and 25.