Home Crowd Sees KU Track and Field Score Multiple Victories
Jan. 28, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
The University of Kansas men’s and women’s track and field teams were in Lawrence on Saturday competing in the annual Jayhawk Invitational in the Anschutz Sports Pavilion. The meet, which was not team scored, saw approximately 850 athletes from over 40 schools compete on the day.
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The Jayhawks had several great performances, including women’s victories in the 60-meter dash, triple jump, shot put, pole vault and the 4×800-meter relay. The men’s side had wins in the 3000-meter run, 600-yard run, 800-meter run, 60-meter hurdles and 1000-meter run.
Senior Tiffany Cherry won the 60-meter dash in a personal-best time of 7.51 seconds while sophomore Crystal Manning jumped 40 feet, 4 inches to win the triple jump. Freshman Stephanie Horton won the shot put with a throw of 49-5 3/4 and, sophomore Kate Sultanova, competing unattached, won the pole vault with a jump of 12-11 1/2.
Senior Cameron Schwehr had the first win of the day for the Jayhawks, easily winning the 3000-meter race in a time of 8:45.25. Matt Baysinger won the 600-yard run for the second-straight week in a time of 1:10.99 while senior Joshy Madathil ran a 2:24.83 to win the 1000-meter run. Julius Jiles won the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.08.
The Jayhawks swept the top three spots in the 800-meter run, with Michael Rost winning the race in a time of 1:53.34. Brandon Hodges finished second (1:53.46) and Adrian Ludwig came in third (1:54.09).
The men’s mile run was also dominated by KU, with the second, third and fourth place finishes all going to the Jayhawks. Former Jayhawk great Charlie Gruber won the race competing for Team Nike in a time of 4:02.59, followed closely by sophomores Colby Wissel (4:08.13) and Paul Hefferon (4:11.17) and senior Erik Sloan (4:12.32), respectively. All three times for the current Jayhawks were personal bests.
The Jayhawks will be in Lincoln, Neb., next weekend for the Husker Invitational at the Bob Devaney Track Center. The meet begins Friday, Feb. 4, and wraps up the next day.