Track and Field Wraps Up at Husker Invitational
Feb. 4, 2006
LINCOLN, Neb. –
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The Jayhawks performed very well on the day, highlighted by victories in the women’s 1,000-meter run by senior Angela Pichardo, the men’s 600-yard run by sophomore Matt Baysinger and the men’s 3000-meter run by senior Benson Chesang. Pichardo, the school’s record holder in that event, ran the race in a time of 2 minutes, 54.7 seconds. Baysinger won his race in a time of 1:10.01, marking the third consecutive meet that he has won the 600-yard run.
Running in his first meet of the season, senior Benson Chesang ran a provisionally qualifying time of 8:00.83 in the 3000-meter race. In the same event, senior Erik Sloan finished third (8:13.56) and sophomore Colby Wissel came in fifth (8:15.27). Competing in the mile, senior Joshy Madathil ran a 4:09.53 to finish fourth overall. Dena Seibel, also competing in the mile, finished in a time of 4:59.56, good for seventh.
Two of the Jayhawks’ women’s runners also had good races in the 600-yard run. Junior Janiece Gatson finished second overall (1:25.24) while sophomore Cortney Jacobs finished fourth (1:26.52).
Having automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw yesterday, senior Sheldon Battle came out today and placed second in the shot put with a throw of 62 feet, 1 ¾ inches. Also competing in the shot put, freshman Stephanie Horton finished the day with a third place result. Her throw of 50-0 ¾ was good for third on KU’s all-time shot list.
The men’s and women’s sprinters fared well on the afternoon as well. In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Julius Jiles and Aaron Thompson finished two-three with Jiles running a 7.96 and Thompson a 7.98. Senior Charisse Bacchus ran an 8.92 to finish sixth in the 60-meter hurdles.
In the triple jump, sophomore Crystal Manning and junior Shatoya Hill finished third and fifth, respectively. Manning jumped 40-2 ¾ and Hill had leap of 39-11 ½ on the day.
Rounding out the Jayhawks’ performances was junior Josh Kirk. After entering the day placed third in the heptathlon, he finished with a point total of 5,070 to finish out the competition in the same position.