Bonds Sets School Record in Jayhawks Final Home Meet of the Indoor Season

Jan. 30, 2010


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For the third time in her career, Lauren Bonds etched her name in the Kansas track and field record book, as the senior from Hutchinson, Kan., ran a 9:30.9(h) in the 3,000 meters for a new school record. The previous 3,000-meter record of 9:33.24 had stood since 1992. Bonds also holds the KU school record in the 1,000 meters and mile, both of which she set during the 2009 indoor season.

In addition to setting the school record, Bonds became the fifth Jayhawk to earn an NCAA provisional qualifying mark this season, with her time in the 3,000 meters. She joins senior Jordan Scott, sophomore Keith Hayes and freshmen Mason Finley and Andrea Geubelle on the prestigious list of early-season qualifiers.

Other standouts at the Jayhawk Classic include semester-transfer Alena Krechyk, who won the women’s weight throw with an impressive mark of 18.59 meters (61 ft.). Krechyk surpassed all other competitors in the event by at least 11 feet.

Geubelle finished first in the long jump, leaping 6.02 meters (19-9 ft.) and took third in the 200-meter dash, behind teammate Denesha Morris, who was the runner-up in the event with a time of 24.7 (h).

Sophomore Jamaica Collins had the best mark in the triple jump, as she leaped 11.34 meters (37-02.50 ft.).

Junior Kendra Bradley was victorious in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 57.02, while freshman Taylor Washington won the 600 meters in 1:35.45. Washington later teamed up with Taissa Makhmayeva, Shayla Wilson and Morris to win the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:48.23.

Sophomore Rebeka Stowe ran 4:58.23 to win the mile, while Kara Windisch and Kellie Schneider finished behind Stowe in third and fourth place, respectively.

The Jayhawks had two athletes participate in the heptathlon for the first time in the 2010 season. Freshman Rebecca Neville finished with the highest score, earning 3,562 points, which included two individual victories in the long jump and 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Sara Noonan finished third overall with 3,345 points.

On the men’s side, freshman Kyle Clemons posted a winning-time of 21.7 (h) in the 200-meter dash, beating 32 other sprinters in the event.

KU captured the first four spots in the mile, with sophomore Donny Wasinger leading the pack with a time of 4:14.41, followed by sophomore Kaleb Humphreys (4:15.15), senior Bret Imgrund (4:16.59) and redshirt-freshman Austin Bussing (4:17.86). Junior Nick Caprario took first in the 3,000 meters, as he crossed the finish line in 8:43.h (h).

In usual fashion, Scott was the last man standing in the pole vault, as he cleared a final height of 5.20 meters (17-00.75 ft.)., marking the third time this season he has hit an NCAA provisional standard.

The Jayhawks return to action next weekend when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invitational on Feb. 5-6.

(h) = hand time