Wissel, Scott Highlight Day Two for Jayhawks

Feb. 7, 2009

New Balance Collegiate Invitational Results

Husker Invitational Results

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Colby Wissel led the way for Kansas on day two of the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., posting an NCAA provisional-qualifying mile time of 4:01.92 to win the men’s one-mile run special. At the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y., Jordan Scott highlighted the Jayhawks’ performances by posting a runner-up finish in the men’s pole vault championship.

Wissel, a senior from Elm Creek, Neb., made for a nice homecoming by taking home the title in a career-best one-mile time. He finished 1.15 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Marlon Patterson of UCLA.

Scott made it five-for-five this season in achieving at least an NCAA provisional-qualifying pole vault, leaping 5.30 meters (17-04.50 ft.) to finish in second place. It was also the fifth time in five meets that the junior from Watkinsville, Ga., finished in the top two places, as he won the previous four meets. Scott leads all NCAA Division I athletes in 2009 with a pole vault of 5.50 meters (18-00.50 ft.), which he has done twice.

Freshman Corey Fuller continued to impress, recording a career-best triple jump of 15.12 meters (49-07.25 ft.) to place third on the big stage of the New Balance Invitational.

Also in New York, junior Bret Imgrund finished in 11th place in the men’s mile after running a career-best time of 4:15.86. Not far behind was senior teammate Patrick McGowan, who finished 13th. McGowan also ran a personal-best mile time, clocking in at 4:15.90.

Several other Jayhawks had some success in the Big Apple. The women’s 4×400-meter relay team finished in ninth place at the New Balance Track and Field Center, posting a season-best time of 3:49.54. Junior Lauren Bonds ran a season-best mile time of 4:48.46 to place 12th. In the women’s weight throw, senior Zlata Tarasova recorded a toss of 17.58 meters (57-08.25 ft.) to finish in sixth place.

In Lincoln, junior Jacob Breth finished in second place in the seventh event of the heptathlon, the 1,000 meters, in a time of 2:44.58. Breth finished eight overall in the heptathlon with a score of 4,537.

Also at Nebraska, freshman Donny Wasinger placed eighth in the mile, running a career-best time of 4:19.74. Freshman teammate Kaleb Humphreys also recorded a personal-best time, finishing in 12th place in 4:22.95.

Sophomore Clay Schneider had a personal-best 1,000-meter time of 2:32.49 in Lincoln, finishing in seventh place. Freshman Rebeka Stowe easily set her personal best in the women’s 3,000 meters, placing seventh with a time of 10:30.33.

The women’s distance medley relay team set a season-best time at Nebraska, finishing in third place in 12:25.23.

Kansas is back in action this Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 12-14, as select Jayhawks head to either the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa or the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

Husker Invitational (Lincoln, Neb.)

Men’s 1 Mile Run SPECIAL
1. Colby Wissel, KANSAS — 4:01.92P
2. Marlon Patterson, UCLA — 4:03.07P
3. Kyle Custer, Nebraska — 4:07.61

Heptathlon: #7- Men’s 1,000-Meter Dash Heptathlon
1. Chris Dickman, Wichita State — 2:39.37 (880 points)
2. Jacob Breth, KANSAS — 2:44.58 (823 points)
3. Connor Hayes, Rice — 2:46.44 (803 points)

New Balance Collegiate Invitational (New York, N.Y.)

Men’s Pole Vault Championship
1. Renaud Lavillenie, Clermont Ferrand — 5.70m (18-08.25 ft.)
2. Jordan Scott, KANSAS — 5.30m (17-04.50 ft.)
3. Brad Holtz, Tennessee — 5.30m (17-04.50 ft.)

Men’s Triple Jump College
1. Aaron Powell, BYU — 15.14m (49-08.25 ft.)
2. Eric Jones, Pittsburgh — 15.13m (49-07.75 ft.)
3. Corey Fuller, KANSAS — 15.12m (49-07.25 ft.)