Jayhawk Tracksters Head to Last Chance Meets

March 3, 2005


The University of Kansas track and field teams will travel to two meets this weekend for last chance opportunities to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.

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KU will compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., and the Iowa State Invitational-NCAA Qualifier in Ames. The Alex Wilson Invitational will take place on Friday and Saturday, while the Iowa State meet will only take place on Saturday.

Last weekend the Jayhawks competed at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Senior Amy Linnen took the Big 12 title in the pole vault with an effort of 13-9.25. Linnen attempted a new Big 12 record of 14-1.25 but came up just short.

The KU women finished 7th as a team with 60 points, while the Jayhawk men placed eighth with 57 points. The University of Nebraska won both the men’s and the women’s team titles.

Junior Sheldon Battle was the runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 62-11.50. Battle led the event, but on his last throw Missouri’s Conrad Woolsey won the shot put with a throw of 63-00.75. Senior Jeremy Mims finished second in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:49.46. Aldwyn Sappleton of Oklahoma won the event in 1:48.25.

Freshman Ekaterina Sultanova finished third in the pole vault with a mark of 13-5.25 to score five points for the Jayhawks. Senior Brooklyn Hann scored in back to back events for KU. Hann placed third in the triple jump with a best effort of 41-02.25, then turned around to finish fifth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.50.

Sophomore Shatoya Hill also scored for the Jayhawks in the triple jump, as she finished fifth with a personal best jump and the fourth best effort in KU history of 40-10.25.