Nation's Top Vaulters to Battle at Husker Invitational

Feb. 4, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Kansas track and field heads to Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 5-6 for the 35th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, where All-American pole vaulter Jordan Scott will take on the nation’s No. 2 vaulter in Jason Colwick of Rice University.

Scott, who is currently ranked third nationally in the event, has faced Colwick at least two to three times every year throughout his career. Most recently, the two battled at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships, where Colwick finished first and Scott took home the bronze, with a vault that was just six inches shy of the winning mark.

“The matchup this weekend will give Jordan [Scott] a chance to really turn it up a notch,” said KU vertical jumps coach Tom Hays.

Colwick has already earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Indoor Championships with a season-best vault of 5.62 meters (18-05.25 ft.), while Scott has provisionally qualified, clearing 5.35 meters (17-06.50 ft.).

“Jason [Colwick] may be a little more fine-tuned than Jordan right now, because we have been focusing a lot more on deeper strength training, but it’s certainly going to be a fun weekend and I know Jordan is ready for the challenge.”

Not only will Scott and Colwick be challenged by one another, but the two athletes will also face Nebraska’s Seth Burney, who is ranked eighth in the USTFCCCA’s national standings. The star-studded men’s pole vault event is slated for 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6.

In addition to Scott, the Jayhawks have several other athletes who will pose a threat to the competition this weekend. There are 18 KU track and field members who enter the meet among the top five seeds in their respective events. Mason Finley will compete as the top-seeded male in the shot put, while Keron Toussaint has the best 600-yard time in the field.

Finley has won the shot put in all three meets in which he’s competed in the 2009-10 season, as well as earning an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in each of those meets. As a freshman, Finley has already recorded one of the top 10 throws in the nation this year.

Other top KU athletes who will compete in Lincoln include Keith Hayes (60 M Dash, 60 M Hurdles, 4×400 M Relay) and Donny Wasinger (Mile) for the men, and Andrea Geubelle (Long Jump, Triple Jump) and Alena Krechyk (Weight Throw) for the women.

Friday’s schedule includes the weight throw, long jump and women’s pole vault, as well as the 60-meter hurdles, 60, 200 and 400-meter dashes. The day will close with the 5,000 meter run. Saturday will feature the remaining track and field events, which kick off at noon central time. Live results are available through the Nebraska Athletics website at http://www.huskers.com/fls/100/trackstats/10FSHI/index.htm.