Husker Invitational Presents Important Test for Kansas Track and Field
Feb. 1, 2007
Lawrence, Kan. –
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The University of Kansas track and field team will compete in Lincoln, Neb., at the Husker Invitational at the Devaney Center Indoor Track Friday and Saturday where it will face competition from a host of Division I programs. So far this season, five Jayhawks have earned provisional NCAA marks in their respective events, while junior Egor Agafonov automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the weight throw.
The meet will kick off with the men’s 60-meter hurdles portion of the pentathlon Friday night. The men’s pole vault starts the field events for the meet and is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The men’s and women’s long jump and weight throw will also take place Friday evening as well as preliminary heats in a wide array of events. Friday night concludes with the running of the men’s and women’s 5000 meters.
Events resume Saturday morning with the continuation of women’s heptathlon events and concludes with the running of the men’s and women’s 4×400 meter relays. There will be preliminary, semi and final heats for the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash for both the men and women.
The KU teams are coming off a successful trip to Albuquerque, N.M., where four Jayhawks registered NCAA marks at the Dan DeHart Invitational. Agafonov became the first KU student-athlete to automatically qualify with his winning toss of 71-02.50 in the weight throw. In the women’s weight throw, sophomore Zlata Tarasova continues to improve at each meet and her season best throw of 61-10.25, accomplished at the Dan DeHart Invitational, fell just .75 inches short of breaking her school record in the event (61-11).
Both junior Kate Sultanova and freshman Britany Parker improved on their provisionally-qualifying marks in the pole vault and junior Crystal Manning’s triple jump leap of 42-03.50 earned her a provisional mark in the event. Sophomore Stephanie Horton is another Jayhawk to have recorded a provisional mark, doing so in the women’s shot put when she put 50-11 at the season-opening K-State All-Comers Meet.
Check back with kuathletics.com for all the results, recaps and statistics from the Husker Invitational.