KU Track Travels to Sooner Invite Saturday

Feb. 18, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

The University of Kansas men’s and women’s track and field teams will have one final tune-up before the Big 12 Indoor Championships next weekend. The Jayhawks travel to Norman, Okla., on Saturday to compete in the Sooner Invitational. The meet will be held at the Mosier Indoor Facility.

Competing at the meet will be teams from Abilene Christian, Harding, Huston-Tillotson, Langston, Missouri Southern, North Texas, Oral Roberts, Paul Quinn, South Plains, Southwest Christian and Texas A&M-Kingsville as well as representatives from women’s teams from Arkansas, New Mexico Junior College, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M-Commerce. In addition, a number of individuals will be competing in the meet.

“We are taking a few individuals in order to give them another opportunity to turn in good performances,” head coach Stanley Redwine said.

“There’s not one certain thing to improve on. Unlike sports like football, we’re not labeling one thing that we need to improve upon. We’re just trying to turn in good
performances,” Redwine added.

Last weekend the Jayhawks competed at two events, the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa, and the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

One of the oldest records at the University of Kansas fell as junior Benson Chesang won the 3,000-meter run at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., with a time of 7:59.46. Chesang broke the mark of Jayhawk legend Jim Ryun, who held the record of 8:00.73 for 37 years, since 1968.

Chesang ran in just his second meet of the season to break the long-standing record which is also good for an NCAA provisional qualification.

For the second straight week and the third time this season the University of Kansas women’s pole vault record has been broken. Senior Amy Linnen broke the KU record and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with a best effort of 13-11.25 Friday night at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

KU sophomore Octavia Garrett set a new school record in the 400-meter dash last Saturday at the ISU Classic with a time of 54.96. Garrett was running in the event for the first time this season and broke the record of 55.04 that was set by Stacy Keller at the 2004 Big 12 Indoor Championships.