Track and Field Prepare for Two Weekend Meets

Feb. 10, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas track and field teams will split up and travel to two separate events this weekend. The Jayhawks will be in Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell-Tyson Invitational and in Ames, Iowa for the ISU Classic.

Freshman Ekaterina Sultanova and senior Amy Linnen will compete in the pole vault portion of the Golden Spike pro invitational Friday night in Fayetteville. The Friday night meet from the Randal Tyson Track Center will be taped and air on ESPN2, Feb. 12th at 8 p.m. (CST).

The ISU Classic will take place at the Lied Recreation Center in Ames. Thirty men’s and women’s teams and over 1,000 athletes will compete in the two-day ISU Classic.

The women’s weight throw will start things off in Ames at 3:30 p.m. and day one will conclude with the men’s 200-meter dash. On Saturday, competition begins with the men’s 3,000-meter run and field events will start with the women’s triple jump at 11:30 a.m.

“We said that we wanted to step up in the big meets,” Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine said. “Brooklyn (Hann) and Kate (Sultanova) did that in Lincoln last weekend.”

We need our athletes to continue and get better as we prepare for the Big 12 and NCAA Championships,” Redwine added. “With the split meets this weekend we will give our athletes the best opportunity to compete for their best times.”

At day two of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., the University of Kansas track and field team saw two school records fall. The Jayhawks set new school bests in the women’s pole vault and the triple jump.

Freshman Ekaterina Sultanova broke her own school record in the pole vault, as she won the event with a best vault of 13-7.75. This breaks the previous record of 13-7.25 that she recorded just three weeks ago. The Jayhawks finished one, two in the pole vault as senior Amy Linnen improved on her NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a personal best vault of 13-3.75.

Senior Brooklyn Hann also rewrote the KU record books in the triple jump. Hann replaced herself on the all-time list as she won the event with a mark of 42-04.25. Hann’s previous school record was 42-3.25.

On the men’s side, Big 12 cross country champion Benson Chesang competed in his first meet of the indoor season. Chesang won the 3,000 meters with the third best time in school history of 8:05.28. Freshman Colby Wissel placed third in the 3,000 with a time of 8:23.14.