Kansas Track and Field Secures Additional NCAA Marks

March 3, 2007


The <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>University of Kansas track and field teams saw several members of the team qualify or improve their chances of making the NCAA Indoor Championships at several meets across the nation. Junior Colby Wissel, the 2006 Big 12 Cross Country champion and Big 12 Indoor 3000 meter champion, ran a career-best 7:53.08 in the 3000 at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., to automatically qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Entering the weekend, Wissel’s time would have placed him second in the nation in the event. In Ames, Iowa, sophomore Ashley Brown improved her provisional mark in the 60-meter hurdles, running a career-best 8.32 seconds.

As it stands now, three Jayhawks have automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships Mar. 9-10 in Fayetteville, Ark.: junior Egor Agafonov in the weight throw, junior Kate Sultanova in the pole vault and Wissel in the 3000 meters.

Several other Jayhawks own provisional marks. Entering the weekend, Brown’s time of 8.32 would have placed her 21st in the nation. Also on the women’s side with provisional marks are junior Crystal Manning in the triple jump, who entered the weekend 13th in the nation, and freshman Britany Parker who entered the week ranked 19th in the pole vault.

On the men’s side, junior Julius Jiles entered the weekend ranked 23rd in the 60-meter hurdles and freshman Jordan Scott, the Big 12 Indoor pole vault champion, ranked 17th in the event. They will now have to wait and see whether their times and marks earn them a spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Stay tuned to kuathletics.com for all the news about the NCAA Indoor Championships.