Jayhawk Men in Fourth Place After Day One of Big 12 Championships

Feb. 25, 2005



The University of Kansas track and field teams competed on day one of the 2005 Big 12 Indoor Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Track in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday. After the first day of action the Jayhawk men are in fourth place, while the KU women sit in eighth place.

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Junior Sheldon Battle finished second in the weight throw with a toss of 65-07.75. Junior Coby Cost of Kansas State won the event with a throw of 70-01.00. KU Senior Colin Dutton finished fifth in the weight with a personal best throw of 62-00.25.

Junior Charisse Bacchus had a busy first day. Bacchus placed third in the long jump, as she broke the school record with a best effort of 20-06.25. That record was held for 22 years by Jayhawk standout Halcyon McKnight. McNight’s record of 20-05.25 was set in 1983.

Sophomore Barrett Saunders picked up four points for the Jayhawks with a fifth place finish in the long jump. Saunders recorded a personal best jump of 24-01.50.

Bacchus also finished third in the pentathlon with 3,830 points, which is good for third in the KU record books. She finished first in the long jump portion of the pentathlon with a previous personal record of 20-04.25.

“Bacchus had a great day,” Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine said. “First she finished third in the pentathlon with a provisionally qualifying performance, then 30 minutes later turned around and broke the school record in the long jump.”

Junior Jeremy Mims was one of two runners in the 800 meters to break the old Big 12 meet record in the preliminaries. Mims broke his previous record, which is second in the all-time KU record books, with a mark of 1:48.66. Mims previous best was 1:48.90 that he set just two weeks ago at the ISU Classic.

After day one of the heptathlon, sophomore Josh Kirk sits in seventh place with 2,080 points. Kansas State senior Darius Dradudvila leads the heptathlon after day one with 2,391 points.

Senior Brooklyn Hann finished sixth in the preliminaries of the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.62. Hann will compete in the finals of the event at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Junior Tiffany Cherry placed seventh in the prelims of the 60 meter dash. Cherry will compete for the Big 12 title tomorrow at 3:10 p.m.

Senior Kim Clark finished third in the prelims of the 600 yard run with a time of 1:22.63. Clark will compete in the finals of the event on Saturday at 3:45 p.m.

Sophomore Charles Murphy will compete for the conference indoor title in the 200 meter dash. Murphy finished eighth in the preliminaries with a personal best time of 21.67.

“Everyone has to continue to put up good performances on Saturday,” Redwine added. “We have to do what we came here to do and that is continue to get better.”

Day two of the Big 12 Championships will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the 60 meter hurdles in the men’s heptathlon. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m. with the women’s triple jump, while running events begin at 3 p.m. with the finals of the women’s 60 meter hurdles.

Day One Standings

Men’s Standings After Four Events

1. Nebraska 33

2. Kansas State 31

3. Colorado 25

4. Kansas 21

5. Texas 17.33

6. Oklahoma 16.33

7. Texas Tech 16

8. Missouri 12

9. Texas A&M 10.33

10. Iowa State 8

11. Baylor 3

12. Oklahoma State 2

Women’s Standings After Five Events

1. Nebraska 39

2. Colorado 26

3. Missouri 21

4. Oklahoma State 19

5. Baylor 16

5. Kansas State 16

5. Texas Tech 16

8. Texas 13

8. Kansas 13

10. Texas A&M 7

11. Iowa State 5

12. Oklahoma 4