Kansas Women Take Eighth, Men 11th in Big 12 Indoor Championships
Feb. 26, 2011
Lincoln, Neb. –
Sophomore Andrea Geubelle started out the day for the Jayhawks in the women’s triple jump, looking to bring home KU’s second big 12 title in the event. Her second attempt was her best, jumping a distance of 13.01m (42-08.25ft.), which ended up earning her a fourth place finish. Geubelle’s finish notched five points for the women’s team.
In the men’s shot put, sophomore Mason Finley came into the day looking to defend his Big 12 crown. Finley put forth a great effort, throwing a NCAA Championships qualifying mark of 19.94m (65-05.00ft.), but was just six inches shy of the top spot, giving him a second place finish. Finley later reflected on his day:
“I got second, I wish I would have gotten first. I lost to a really good thrower, so that definitely keeps me humble.” Finley’s performance earned him a spot in the NCAA Championships in two weeks. “I’m just going to try to improve, and get ready for nationals.”
Brian Bishop and Joel Krause also competed in the shot put, finishing back to back at 14th and 15th. Bishop had a top throw of 16.01m (52-06.50ft.) while Krause notched a mark of 15.30m (50-02.50ft.).
Junior Nick Canton and Freshman Nick Giancana were the two KU representatives in the men’s high jump. Both cleared a top height of 2.01m (6-06.00ft.), which was a personal best for Giancana. Canton notched an 11th place finish and Giancana placed 14th.
Rebeka Stowe led off the women’s runners in the mile run. After falling behind early, Stowe made up ground in the final two laps and held on for a third place finish. She crossed the finish line in 4:47.01, just .39 off of her personal best.
Last night freshman Diamond Dixon broke the school record in the qualifying run of the 400 meters, but that record didn’t stand for more than 24 hours after Dixon’s run in the finals today. Dixon ran a scorching 53.10 race and finished third overall in the event.
In the men’s 400-meter final Kyle Clemons set a new PR and finished fourth overall with a time of 46.83. That time is the fourth fastest in KU history.
Shayla Wilson was looking to carry over her great performance in the 600-yard run from last night to the finals today. Wilson led most of the way in her heat before finishing third with a time of 1:21.46, a personal best. Wilson finished seventh overall in the event.
On the men’s side of the 600 yards, Keron Toussaint ran a fantastic come-from-behind race, finishing first in his heat, with a time of 1:11.00. The senior ended up finishing fifth overall in the event.
The Jayhawks had six members competing in the women’s 3,000-meter finals, with three placing in the top 30. Freshmen Natalie Becker and Senior Kara Windisch both set personal bests with Becker finishing in 9:45.61 and placing 25th. Windisch placed 27th with a time of 9:46.51 and Senior Amanda Miller placed 30th with a time of 9:49.15.
In the men’s 3,000 meters freshman Josh Munsch was KU’s top finisher with a time of 8:24.74. Nick Caprario crossed the finish in 8:25.75 for an 18th place finish and Josh Baden set a personal best with a time of 8:36.37, finishing 28th. Kaman Schneider also set a new PR, finishing in 8:37.34.
Two men set new personal bests in the triple jump. Darryl Trotter took home an 11th place finish after he fouled on his first two jumps but had a final jump of 14.54m (47-08.50ft.). Teammate Jareb Stallbaumer jumping a distance of 14.15m (46-05.25ft.), placing in 14th.
The women’s pole vaulters had a solid showing in the finals with four members placing in the top 11. Senior Jaci Perryman finished fourth in the event with a top mark of 4.02m (13-02.25ft.). Perryman later reflected on her day:
“I felt really good, I made four bars,” She would go onto say. “I never placed at the conference meet before, so that was really new for me. I am very excited for next weekend and the rest of the season to see what I can accomplish.”
Perryman had four teammates that also competed in the event. Freshman Demi Payne set a personal best mark of 3.92m (12-10.25ft.) and finished eighth. Abby Jones and Tara Turnbull finished tied for 11th, both clearing a height of 3.67m (12-00.50ft.). Senior Julia Cummings finished 14th with a jump 3.67m (12-00.50ft.).
To close out the weekend for the Jayhawks the men’s and women’s 4X400 meter relay teams took the track. The women ran their fastest race of the year with a time of 3:36.31 and finishing third in a thrilling finish. The men took seventh place with a time of 3:12.45, their third fastest time of the year.
The women’s team ended the weekend finishing eighth in overall team standings with a point total of 40. The men collected 23.5 points for an 11th place finish in the men’s team competition.
Head Coach Stanley Redwine gave his thoughts on his team’s performance this weekend:
“I though we had some really good performances this weekend. I thought we could have done better overall as a team, but I was very proud of some of our individual performers.” Mason Finley stood out to me individually, he probably thought it was a disaster, but finishing second in the conference championship is a great achievement. Kyle Clemons, Keron Toussaint, and Rebeka Stowe also really stood out to me this weekend.”
Some Jayhawks will be in action next week at the Alex Wilson Last Chance Meet in South Bend, Indiana, which is an NCAA qualifier event.
Big 12 Championships – Lincoln, Nebraska
4. Andrea Geubelle 12.86m (42-08.25ft.)
Mile Run Finals
3. Rebeka Stowe, 4:47.01
600 Yard Run Finals – 3:45pm Saturday
7. Shayla Wilson, 1:21.46 ***Personal Best
400-Meter Dash Finals
3. Diamond Dixon, 53.10 ***School Record
1,000 Meter Run Finals
8. Cori Christensen, 3:05.71
3,000 Meter Run Finals
25. Natalie Becker, 9:45.61 ***Personal Best
27.Kara Windisch, 9:46.51 ***Personal Best
30. Amanda Miller, 9:49.15
Kyra Kilwein, DNF
Tessa Turcotte, DNF
Rebeka Stowe, DNF
4. Jaci Perryman, 4.02m (13-02.25ft.)
8. Demi Payne, 3.92m (12-10.25ft.) ***Personal Best
11. Abby Jones, 3.67m (12-00.50ft.)
11. Tara Turnbull, 3.67m (12-00.50ft.)
14. Julia Cummings, 3.67m (12-00.50ft.)
Rebecca Neville – No Height
19. Jessica Maroszek, 14.10m (46-03.25ft.)
4X400 Meter Relay
3. Bradley, Dixon, Morris, Washington, 3:36.31***Season Best
11. Nick Canton, 2.01m (6-06.00ft.)
14. Nick Giancana, 2.01m (6-06.00ft.) ***Personal Best
2. Mason Finley, 19.94m (65-05.00ft.) ***Qualifies for Nationals
14. Brian Bishop, 16.01m (52-06.50ft.)
15. Joel Krause, 15.30m (50-02.50ft.)
600 Yard Run Finals
5. Keron Toussaint, 1.11.00
400 Meter Dash Finals
4. Kyle Clemons, 46.83 ***Personal Best
11. Darryl Trotter, 14.54m (47-08.50ft.) ***Personal Best
14. Jareb Stallbaumer, 14.15m (46-05.25ft.) ***Personal Best
3,000 Meter Run Finals
16. Josh Munsch, 8:24.74
18. Nick Caprario, 8:25.75
28. Josh Baden, 8:36.37 ***Personal Best
30. Greg Bussing, 8:37.05
31. Don Wasinger, 8:37.43
35. Kaman Schneider, 8:42.56 ***Personal Best
4X400 Meter Relay
7. Clemons, Manley, Marx, Toussaint, 3:12.45