Kansas Track and Field Disperses Throughout the Country for Weekend Competition

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas track and field team will criss-cross the country this weekend, as it heads to Ames, Iowa, Fayetteville, Ark., and Seattle, Wash. to compete in a series of meets that hold significant national prominence. The ISU Classic in Ames will provide an important preview of the conditions and competition, as the Lied Recreational Center is also home to the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-24.

Currently 13 different Jayhawk student-athletes rank in the top-five in the Big 12 in their respective events. A majority of those student-athletes will head to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Tyson Invitational. Scheduled to compete at the event include sophomore Zlata Tarasova, who ranks fourth in the Big 12 in the women’s weight throw with a season-best toss of 61-10.25 feet, and sophomore Ashley Brown, who ranks second in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.43 seconds.

Also traveling to Fayetteville will be junior Egor Agafonov, who was named the Men’s Athlete of the Meet following his meet-record toss in the weight throw of 74-00.75 at the Husker Invitational. The junior sits atop the Big 12 rankings in the event and is second in the nation. He is scheduled to compete Friday afternoon. Additionally, junior Crystal Manning will take another stab at increasing her NCAA provisional mark in the triple jump, which currently sits at 42-09.75, a career best.

Joining Agafonov will be the team’s pole vaulters, including junior Kate Sultanova and freshman Britany Parker. Sultanova and Parker rank first and second, respectively, in the women’s pole vault in the Big 12.

For those heading to Ames, Iowa, the Lied Recreational Center features a 300-meter track, making it one of the fastest tracks in the nation. The meet is scheduled to begin Friday afternoon with the women’s weight throw and the women’s 60-meter hurdles. The women’s pole vault is also scheduled to take place on Friday.

On Saturday, the meet resumes with the women’s 3,000-meter run at 9:30 a.m. and the women’s high jump at 10:30 a.m. The meet will conclude with the running of the 4×400-meter relays for both the men and women.

In addition to the competition in Iowa, Kansas will send juniors Paul Hefferon and Colby Wissel to the UW Open Meet in Seattle, Wash. The duo will compete in several distance events as they prepare for the Big 12 Championships.

Check back with kuathletics.com for all the results, recaps and statistics from the ISU Classic, the Tyson Classic and the UW Open Meet.