Kansas Track and Field Celebrates Banner Day in New York City
Feb. 9, 2008
<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>NEW YORK, N.Y. – Seniors Kate Sultanova and Egor Agafonov and sophomore Jordan Scott all lead the country in their respective events after each set a meet record in their victories for the University of Kansas track and field teams this weekend amongst one of the biggest and toughest fields in the country at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Each one reached an NCAA automatic qualifying mark, while Sultanova equaled the school record in the women’s pole vault at one of the premier meets of the indoor season.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Sultanova won the pole vault, set the meet record, tied the KU record and matched the NCAA leading height with her vault of 4.30 meters (14 feet, 1¼ inches). The Krasnodar, Russia, native equaled the school record she shared with former teammate Amy Linnen. Sultanova eclipsed the same height at the 2007 NCAA Championships as did Linnen at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Entering the weekend, only one other vaulter had reached the 14-foot mark this season.
Scott completed the sweep in the pole vault for the Jayhawks with a career-best and automatic qualifying effort of 5.50 meters (18-00 ½ ft.). The Watkinsville, Ga., native’s meet-record height matched Rory Quiller of Binghamton for the nation’s lead in the event.
Agafonov took home the men’s weight throw with his NCAA auto-qualifying and meet record toss of 22.13 meters (72-07 ¼ ft.). The Togliatti, Russia, native became the first student-athlete in the nation this year to surpass the 22-meter mark in the weight throw.
Meanwhile, Nickesha Anderson once again bested her school-record time in the 60-meter dash with an impressive fourth place finish. Her time of 7.28 supplanted her record of 7.38 in which she had set on two occasions earlier this season.
Junior Stephanie Horton was fourth in the women’s shot put at 15.44 meters (50-08 ft.). With that toss, Horton provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Senior Julius Jiles improved his NCAA provisional mark with his best time of the season in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. He placed ninth in a time of 7.88.
The Jayhawks will split between the Tyson Invitational and the ISU Classic in the upcoming week. The ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa, begins on Thursday, February 14. The Tyson Invitational, in Fayetteville, Ark., starts on Friday, February 15. Each meet concludes on Saturday, February 16.
60m Hurdles: 9-Jiles (7.89p. 7.88f)
400m: 83-Toussaint (50.34)
500m: 8-Rollins (1:04.19)
800m: 15-Baysinger (1:52.31), 26-Sachse (1:54.73)
3,000m College: 18-McGowan (8:28.93), 29-Imgrund (8:32.33)
3,000m Championship: 12-Hefferon (8:11.41)
4X400 Relay: 15-KU (3:17.76)
Pole VaultCollege: 5-Hays (4.80m)
Pole Vault Championship: 1-Scott (5.50m), 9-Cooper (4.90m)
Weight Throw: 1-Agafonov (22.13m)
60m: 4-Anderson (7.42p, 7.28f), 43-Howard (7.74)
200m: 13-Howard (24.26)
500m: 12-Stowers (1:16.28)
400m: 24-Butler (56.12)
800m: 3-Pencil (2:12.28)
Mile College: 26-Morrisey (5:12.75)
Mile Championship: 5-Bonds (4:52.69)
4X400 Relay: 9-KU (3:45.70)
Pole Vault: 1- Sultanova (4.30m), 11-Harmon (3.80m), 13-Cummings (3.80m)
Shot Put: 4-Horton (15.44m)
Weight Throw: 3-Tarasova (18.74m)