Several Jayhawks Shine at Husker Invitational
Feb. 2, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb. — Three Jayhawks posted victories in four events for the <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>University of Kansas track and field teams over the weekend against some stiff competition at the 33rd annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Seniors Egor Agafonov and Kate Sultanova and junior Nickesha Anderson each took home victories at the two-day event. They also joined sophomore Jordan Scott and senior Crystal Manning as the five Jayhawks to improve on their NCAA provisional marks.
Sultanova punched her ticket to Fayetteville, Ark. with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the pole vault. She won the event with her effort of 4.20 meters (13-09.25 ft.).
Anderson also continued to impress with victories in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Anderson matched her school-record time of 7.38 in the finals of the 60 meters and bested her school-record in the 200 meters with a finish of 23.75 in the finals of that event.
Defending NCAA weight throw champion, Agafonov, excelled in his season debut. He won the event with an NCAA provisional mark of 21.24 meters (69-08.25 ft.).
Scott was second in the pole vault matching a season-best vault of 5.35 meters (17-06.50 ft.) while sophomore Kirk Cooper finished fifth in the event with a career-best of 5.15 meters (16-10.75 ft.).
Also highlighting the women’s side was senior Crystal Manning. Manning, with a season-best effort, placed second in the triple jump at 12.96 meters (42-06.25 ft.). Senior Lisa Morrisey was third for the Jayhawks in the 3,000-meter run with her time of 10:12.47 while junior Victoria Howard placed second to Anderson in the 200 meters by breaking the 24-second barrier for the first time in her career at 23.96. Zlata Tarasova was third in the weight throw with her toss of 17.95 meters (58-10.75 ft.).
For the men, sophomore Bret Imgrund and senior Patrick McGowan finished second and third, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run. Imgrund timed out at 8:31.20 while McGowan finished in 8:32.88. Senior Barrett Saunders was third in the long jump with an effort of 7.32 meters (24-00.25 ft.).
The Jayhawks return to competition on Friday, February 8, as they travel to New York, N.Y. for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.