Jayhawks Complete Day One of Husker Invitational

Feb. 5, 2010


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In the first day of competition at the 35th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., six members of the Kansas track and field team set personal records, including junior Nick Caprario, who won the 5,000 meters with a career-best time of 14:52.24.

Caprario led a pack of four Jayhawks in the event, as Josh Baden, Dan Van Orsdel and Diego Ladron finished in third, fifth and tenth place, respectively. Van Orsdel also had a career-best time, clocking in at 14:56.71.

In the women’s 5,000 meters, Alison Knoll finished ninth in 18:15.88 and Riley Wertenberger took 10th with a PR of 18:15.96. Lindsay Schaefer was close behind, as she finished in 12th place with a time of 18:22.38.

In the sprint events, Kansas had four athletes advance to the finals, while five others qualified for the consolation finals.

Sophomore Keith Hayes and senior Reggie Carter were both heat winners, as Hayes ran an 8.08 in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles and Carter recorded a 48.66 in the 400-meter dash. Both athletes will compete in the finals tomorrow, scheduled for 2:35 p.m. and 3:33 p.m., respectively.

On the women’s side, freshman Denesha Morris posted the sixth-fastest preliminary time in the 60-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a season-best 7.75. In addition to the 60-meter dash finals, Morris will run in the 200-meter dash consolation finals at 1:44 p.m.

Freshman Taissa Makhnamayeva advanced to the finals in the 400-meter dash after recording a season-best time of 55.95 in the prelims.

Along with Makhnamayeva, freshman Taylor Washington, sophomore Shayla Wilson and junior Kendra Bradley finished among the top 16 in the 400-meter dash, which means they will compete in the consolation finals of the event tomorrow at 12:33 p.m. Washington ran a season-best 56.44, while Wilson recorded a personal record of 56.65 in the preliminary round.

Sophomore Keyen Porter also advanced to a consolation final in the 60-meter hurdles, as he finished 12th overall in the prelims with a time of 8.18.

In the field events, freshman Andrea Geubelle took fourth in the long jump, leaping 5.93 meters (19-05.50 feet) and freshman Alena Krechyk was fourth in the weight throw, with a mark of 17.36 meters (56-11.50 feet).

Junior Jaci Perryman was the top performer for the Jayhawks in the women’s pole vault, finishing with a season-best mark of 3.80 meters (12-05.50 feet). Juniors Tara Turnbull and Abby Jones and sophomore Julia Cummings all cleared 3.65 meters (11-11.75 feet).

Junior Jareb Stallbaumer was the lone male field competitor on Friday, as he finished 10th in the long jump with a mark of 6.79 meters (22-03.50 feet).

The Jayhawks will continue competition tomorrow beginning at 12:00 p.m. Live results are available via the Nebraska Athletics website at http://www.huskers.com/fls/100/trackstats/10FSHI/index.htm