Kansas Places Second, Fourth in Lincoln
Jan. 31, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Six event victories highlighted the day for Kansas track and field at the Adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb., as the Jayhawks women’s and men’s teams finished second and fourth, respectively, Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
“I thought it was a much better meet for the athletes than the previous meet,” Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine said. “We just have to continue doing what we’re doing because things are coming together.”
Jordan Scott was his usual self, matching a season-best pole vault of 5.50 meters (18-00.50 ft.) to take his fourth title in as many meets this season. The junior from Watkinsville, Ga., also made it two meets in a row in which he posted an automatic NCAA-qualifying mark.
Fresh off of a double-event victory at the Kansas vs. Missouri dual, Victoria Howard found the winner’s circle again Saturday in the 200 meters. The senior from Overland Park, Kan., ran a season-best time of 24.27 to bring home the victory. Howard also posted a season-best time in the 60 meters (7.69) to finish in second place behind Nebraska’s Heather Matherson.
“I thought Victoria Howard had a really good day, getting second in the 60 and first in the 200,” Redwine said.
The women’s 600-yard run proved to be a great one for the Jayhawks. Senior Charity Stowers led the way in first place, crossing the finish line in a season-best time of 1:22.96. Shayla Wilson, a freshman from Milford, Del., also ran a season-best time (1:24.05) to finish second behind Stowers. Sophomore Anna Barber placed fourth to give Kansas three of the top four finishers in the 600.
“I thought that was really good for Charity Stowers and Shayla Wilson, a freshman, to get first and second in the event,” Redwine said. “They did really well.”
Stowers didn’t stop with her 600-yard victory. The Hartwell, Ga., native topped it off by anchoring the Kansas women’s 4×400-meter relay team to victory in a time of 3:49.78. Senior captain Sha’Ray Butler provided the lead-off, while sophomore Kendra Bradley and Wilson were the second and third legs, respectively.
“The women’s 4×400 team of Sha’Ray, Shayla, Kendra and Charity did a really good job,” Redwine explained.
Lauren Bonds also had a big day for Kansas. The junior from Hutchinson, Kan., came away with a win in the women’s 800 meters and was the runner-up in the mile. It was Bonds’ first time as a Jayhawk running the 800 meters, and she recorded a time of 2:13.96 to finish first. In the mile Bonds came up just short, running a season-best time of 4:53.03 to finish less than five seconds behind Wichita State’s Kellyn Johnson (4:48.56).
“For Lauren to be second in the mile and then win the 800, I thought that was a great double for her,” Redwine said.
Senior Zlata Tarasova rounded out the KU winners in Lincoln, as she posted a mark of 17.60 meters (57-09.00 ft.) to take the championship in the women’s weight throw. The victory was the second event title of the season for Tarasova.
The Kansas women placed second with a team score of 138.22, finishing behind only Nebraska, who posted a score of 204. The Jayhawks finished 59.22 points ahead of third place Alabama (79) and 60.22 in front of fourth-place Wichita State (78). The KU men finished in fourth place with a team total of 60, 19 points behind third-place Illinois (79) and eight ahead of fifth-place Florida State (52).
“It was a huge improvement over the last meet,” Redwine said. “I would say that if we had the same performances that we had today two weeks ago, the team would have been in much better shape. I think the score would have been a little bit closer at the dual if we competed like we competed today. They had their legs under them today and competed much better.”
The next stop for Kansas is the Big Apple, as the Jayhawks head to New York, N.Y., Feb. 6-7 for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
Final Team Scores
Nebraska – 204
Kansas – 138.22
Alabama – 79
Wichita State – 78
Florida State – 19.67
Nebraska – 195
Minnesota – 109
Illinois – 79
Kansas – 60
Florida State – 52
Wichita State – 31