Bonds, Krechyk Rewrite Kansas Record Book

Feb. 12, 2010


Kansas thrower Alena Krechyk won the women’s weight throw at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., setting a new school record of 19.37 meters (63-06.75 feet). Krechyk bested the previous school record of 18.97 (62-3 feet), held by Zlata Tarasova since 2008. Krechyk’s mark also met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the event, as she becomes the sixth Jayhawk to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships this season.


Despite a rocky race in the eyes of the competitor, Lauren Bonds broke her own school record in the mile as well, posting a time of 4:42.11 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The senior from Hutchinson, Kan., took third overall in the event and met the NCAA provisional standard for the second time this season.

“I was actually not too happy with the way I competed,” said Bonds. “I feel I can still run faster, as I did not get out as quick as I would have liked in the beginning, but it was a new PR and a new school record, so that is certainly a positive to take away from this race.”

Other highlights from Fayetteville include Keith Hayes, who finished seventh overall in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 7.88. Hayes qualified for the finals after posting the tenth-fastest time overall, sixth among collegiate competitors, in the preliminary round, which featured 43 total sprinters. Lawson Montgomery also ran in the event, recording a personal-best time of 8.25.

For the second week in a row, sophomore Shayla Wilson crossed the finish line of the 400 meters in a personal record-time. She ran 56.13 to finish 45th in a race that had 95 athletes competing in 20 different heats. Also running in the 400 meters were freshmen Taylor Washington (55.71), Taissa Makhmayeva (56.53) and Denesha Morris (57.57) and sophomore Kendra Bradley (57.16).

The men also had several athletes compete in the 400 meters, as senior Reggie Carter posted a time of 48.77, freshman Kyle Clemons ran 48.99 and junior Keron Toussaint clocked in at 49.17.

In the women’s pole vault, sophomore Julia Cummings had a season-best vault of 3.76 meters (12-4 feet), finishing eighth overall. Jaci Perryman, Tara Turnbull and Abby Jones all cleared 3.61 meters to finish in 11th, 12th and 14th place, respectively.

AMES, Iowa

The Jayhawks saw several impressive performances in the first day of competition at the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa. Junior Nick Caprario was the runner-up in the non-seeded men’s 5,000 meters, as he crossed the finish line in a new PR of 14:46.94. Junior Dan Van Orsdel also ran a career-best time, finishing fourth in 14:56.05.

Junior Riley Wertenberger, redshirt-freshman Lindsay Schaefer and senior Allison Knoll all recorded personal records in the non-seeded women’s 5,000 meters. Wertenberger finished fourth overall in 17:55.81, Schaefer took ninth in 18:06.86, while Knoll finished 11th in 18:11.11.

Kate Colvin and Claire Christie both cleared 3.50 meters (11-05.75 feet) to finish fourth and sixth, respectively, in the non-seeded women’s pole vault.

Competition from all three sites continues tomorrow. Live results of the Tyson Invitational can be found at or, while live results of the ISU Classic are available at and will be onsite broadcasting live footage from the ISU Classic as well.