Kansas Claims Two More Big 12 Titles, as Washington Wins 600 Yards and Finley Owns Shot Put
Feb. 27, 2010
AMES, Iowa –
Freshmen Mason Finley and Taylor Washington earned the ultimate title at the 2010 Big 12 Indoor Championships, as both Kansas track and field athletes were crowned conference champions, Saturday at the Lied Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa. Finley won the shot put, while Washington captured the honor in the 600-yard run.
On the final curve of the track in the women’s 600-yard run, Washington surged past the home-town favorite, Kianna Elahi of Iowa State, to claim the first-place medal with a time of 1:20.48. It was a dramatic race to the end, but Washington’s kick in the final 50 yards proved too much for her competitors to handle, as the Houston, Texas native became only the third woman in KU history to win a league crown in the 600-yard run. Her time of 1:20.48 ranks second on Kansas’ all-time list.
After an intense battle between the top two freshmen in the country, Finley found himself at the top of the podium in the men’s shot put after recording a career-best throw of 19.25 meters (63-2 ft.). The Salida, Colo., native beat his long-time rival, Hayden Baillio of Texas, to capture the title and earn an NCAA provisional standard, a feat he has now accomplished six times during the 2009-10 season. Finley’s throw of 63-2 feet is the fifth-best in school history.
The KU women finished fifth overall in the Big 12 Conference with 63.50 points, which marks the third-best performance for the team in the last 13 years, including a four-spot improvement from the 2009 Big 12 Indoor Championships. Three of the four teams who finished above Kansas are ranked in the top 25 in the nation, which includes Oklahoma, who edged the Jayhawks by only one and a half points. The KU women also met eight NCAA provisional qualifying standards throughout the weekend. Much of this success can be attributed to a stellar freshman class, who in total, combined for 25 points in the individual events.
Freshman Andrea Geubelle, who was seeded seventh in the Big 12 coming into the event, had a superior performance in the triple jump, finishing third overall with a season-best mark of 12.91 meters (42-04.25 feet). The University Place, Wash., native was the only freshman appearing in the finals of the event. She exhibited great poise and maturity, earning her second NCAA provisional standard of the weekend. Geubelle qualified in the long jump on Friday with a mark of 6.19 meters (20-03.75 ft.).
For the second time this season and third time in her career, Bonds set the school record in the mile. She clocked in at 4:41.61 to take third overall, earning six points for her team and hitting the NCAA provisional standard in the event. Bonds also scored in the 3,000 meters, crossing the finish line in 9:31.34 to take seventh overall and hit another qualifying standard.
Sophomores Rebeka Stowe and Cori Christensen also competed in event finals on Saturday, as Stowe finished eighth the mile with a time of 5:00.40 and Christensen took eighth in the 800 meters after posting a time of 2:16.76.
The women’s 4×400-meter relay team had an impressive Big 12 outing, as Denesha Morris, Shayla Wilson, Kendra Bradley and Washington combined for a season-best time of 3:40.47 to take fourth overall. The quartet of sprinters earned five points for their effort, which solidified the fifth-place finish for the KU women.
The KU men finished 10th overall at the Big 12 Conference meet with 31.5 total points. In addition to Finley, senior Reggie Carter and sophomore Corey Fuller earned points for team in the second day of competition. Carter finished seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time 47.89, while Fuller took seventh in the triple jump, recording a personal record of 15.66 meters (51-04.50 ft.). With that mark, Fuller met the NCAA provisional standard for the second time this season.
The men’s 4×400-meter relay team of Carter, Keith Hayes, Keron Toussaint and Kyle Clemons took fifth in a season-best time of 3:11.63, which was just one second shy of the NCAA provisional standard.
Kansas track and field athletes will have one more shot at a national championship bid when they return to action next weekend with the Alex Wilson Last Chance in South Bend, Ind., and the Iowa State NCAA Qualifier in Ames, Iowa. The 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships will be held March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.
FINAL TEAM SCORES
1. Texas A&M – 130.5
2. Texas Tech – 115
3. Nebraska – 96
4. Oklahoma – 65
5. Kansas – 63.5
6. Iowa State – 59
7. Texas – 58
8. Kansas State – 54
9. Baylor – 40
10. Missouri – 35
11. Oklahoma State – 13
12. Colorado – 11
1. Oklahoma – 114
2. Nebraska – 110
3. Texas A&M – 99.50
4. Baylor – 80
5. Texas Tech – 74.50
6. Texas – 71
7. Iowa State – 50
8. Kansas State – 44.50
9. Missouri – 39
10. Kansas – 31.5
11. Oklahoma State – 24
12. Colorado – 1
KANSAS POINT SCORERS (By Event)
Women’s Long Jump
5. Andrea Geubelle (4 points) – 6.19 meters (20-03.75 feet)
Women’s Triple Jump
3. Andrea Geubelle (6 points) – 12.91 meters (42-04.25 feet)
Women’s Weight Throw
1. Alena Krechyk (10 points) – 19.54 meters (64-01.25 feet)
Women’s Pole Vault
5. Julia Cummings (2.5 points) – 3.88 meters (12-08.75 feet)
3. Lauren Bonds (6 points) – 4:41.61
8. Rebeka Stowe (1 point) – 5:00.40
Women’s 600 Yards
1. Taylor Washington (10 points) – 1:20.48
Women’s 800 Meters
8. Cori Christensen (1 point) – 21:16.76
Women’s 3,000 Meters
7. Lauren Bonds (2 points) – 9:31.34
Women’s 5,000 Meters
6. Kara Windisch (3 points) – 16:34.06
5. Rebecca Neville (4 points) – 3,716
8. Sara Noonan (1 point) – 3,532
Women’s Distance Medley Relay
2. Rebeka Stowe, Taissa Makmayeva, Cori Christensen, Lauren Bonds (8 points) – 11:23.08
Women’s 4×400-Meter Relay
4. Denesha Morris, Shayla Wilson, Kendra Bradley, Taylor Washington (5 points) – 3:40.47
Men’s Pole Vault
1. Jordan Scott (10 points) – 5.42 meters (17-09.25 feet)
5. Corey Shank (3.5 points) – 5.02 meters (6-05.50 feet)
Men’s Shot Put
1. Mason Finley (10 points) – 19.25 meters (63-2 feet)
Men’s Triple Jump
7. Corey Fuller (2 points) – 15.66 meters (51-04.50 feet)
Men’s 400-Meter Dash
7. Reggie Carter (2 points) – 47.89
Men’s 4×400-Meter Relay
5. Reggie Carter, Keith Hayes, Keron Toussaint, Kyle Clemons (4 points) – 3:11.63