Kansas Track and Field Hosts Final Home Meet of Indoor Season

Jan. 28, 2010

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For the third and final time in the 2010 indoor season, Kansas track and field will open the doors of Anschutz Pavilion for a home meet on Friday, Jan. 29. The Jayhawk Classic will be the largest of the three meets thus far in the season, as nearly 700 athletes are scheduled to compete.

Also unique to this meet is the pentathlon event. The Jayhawks have added five more events to their normal meet schedule to accommodate athletes who wish to compile a pentathlon score. These events include an extra 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 meters. Kansas will have two athletes participate in the pentathlon. Freshmen Rebecca Neville and Sara Noonan, who were both recruited as multi-event athletes, will compete in the event for the first time in their collegiate careers.

Neville, a native of Merrillville, Ind., was ranked second in the nation for multi-event athletes coming out of high school, according to Track and Field News. During the summer of 2009, she traveled to Port of Spain, Trinidad for the Pan American Games, where she competed in the heptathlon for Team USA. There, Neville finished sixth overall with a score of 4,627, which included four top-five finishes. Neville’s strongest event is the long jump, as she was the runner-up at the Pan American Games, as well as the 2009 Indiana state long jump champion.

Noonan, a product of Kirkwood, Mo., was a three-time state qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, triple jump and 4×200-meter relay. She certainly has experience competing in a variety of events at the highest level. At the 2009 Missouri State Championships, Neville earned runner-up honors in the triple jump.

Many of the Jayhawks’ other top athletes will be competing on Friday, including Jordan Scott, Keith Hayes and Andrea Geubelle, all of whom have already earned an NCAA provisional qualifying mark this season in their respective events.

Hayes will run in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles at 3:15 p.m., as well as the prelims of the 60-meter dash at 3:40. Scott, the reigning Big 12 Indoor pole vault champion, will compete at 5 p.m., while Geubelle will participate in the long jump at 1 p.m. and the 200-meter dash at 7:05 p.m.

The meet will kick off at 1 p.m. on Friday and continue throughout the evening in Anschutz Pavilion. Live results will be available via the schedule page on www.kuathletics.com/trackandfield.