Miller Breaks School Record, Earns First NCAA Qualifying Standard of Career
Feb. 13, 2010
Kansas track and field wrapped up a busy weekend of competition at three different locations, which was highlighted by three new school records, three new provisional qualifiers and several personal records.
“We are getting better and better every week,” said Head Coach Stanley Redwine. “Hopefully we can carry this momentum into the Big 12 Conference meet in two weeks. Our squad has seen improvements from the top to the bottom. I really like the way we are performing right now. We will use what we learned from our competitions this weekend and do our best to sharpen up over the next week before we head to Ames for the conference meet.”
AMES, Iowa –
Junior Amanda Miller ran the best race of her career, breaking the school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:27.03 and earning an NCAA provisional qualifying standard at the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa. The Overland Park, Kan., native took fourth overall in the race and bested her previous PR by more than 40 seconds.
“Amanda really had a break-out race,” said distance coach Michael Whittlesey. “She kept building throughout the race and showed great confidence. She beat several All-Americans today. We are so pleased with her performance.”
In addition to Miller, sophomore Corey Fuller set a new PR and earned an NCAA provisional standard in the triple jump, after leaping 15.48 (50-09.50 feet) to win the event in Ames.
Donny Wasinger took ninth in the “seeded” mile event with a time of 4:09.83, which marked a career-best time for the sophomore. Cori Christensen, a semester-transfer from Samford University, also recorded a career-best time, crossing the finish line of the 800 meters in 2:10.96.
Rebecca Neville competed in three different events at the ISU Classic, setting personal records in two of them. She ran an 8.82 in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing 10th overall in an event that featured 61 sprinters. She also set a PR in the high jump at 1.58 meters (5-02.25 feet).
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –
Senior All-American pole-vaulter Jordan Scott had a season-best performance, clearing 5.43 meters (17-09.75 feet) to finish third overall in the men’s pole vault. That mark is currently the fifth-best in the nation and atop the 2010 Big 12 performance list. Scott is the three-time defending Big 12 champion in the event, and in just two weeks, will get the chance to defend his title at the indoor conference championships Feb 26-27 in Ames, Iowa.
The women’s 4×400-meter relay team of Shayla Wilson, Taissa Makhmayeva, Taylor Washington and Kendra Bradley recorded a season-best time of 3:41.79, as the squad finished 16th in a competitive field of 29 teams.
Senior Kelsey Erb also had a season-best performance in the high jump, leaping 1.70 meters, which was good for a bronze-medal in the event.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –
Freshman Mason Finley, who was competing in his home-state of Colo., won the men’s shot put with a mark of 18.42 meters (60-05.25 feet). Finley currently leads the Big 12 Conference in the event and has met the NCAA provisional standard in every meet in which he’s competed during the 2009-10 season
Finley was followed by Brian Bishop, who took fourth overall after recording a career-best throw of 16.23 meters (53-3 feet). Joel Krause took 17th with a mark of 14.84 meters (48-08.25 feet).