Kansas Track and Field Wraps Up Final Weekend of Competition Before Indoor Nationals

March 6, 2010


It was another successful day for the Kansas women in South Bend, Ind., as the 4×400-meter relay team of Denesha Morris, Taissa Makhmayeva, Shayla Wilson and Taylor Washington ran a season-best time of 3:37.80, which met the NCAA provisional standard for the event.

The time of 3:37.80 is also the second-fastest time recorded in school history and currently ranks 25th in the nation. On Friday evening at the Alex Wilson Invitational, the women’s distance medley relay squad set the school record in the DMR, also with a provisional-qualifying time of 11:07.96.

AMES, Iowa – Other members of the KU track and field team competed at the ISU NCAA Qualifier in Ames, Iowa. A majority of the athletes who ran in Ames set personal records, most notably, Keith Hayes, who ran a career-best time of 7.85 in the 60-meter hurdles. The sophomore from Wichita, Kan., took fourth in the event and met the NCAA provisional standard for the fourth time this season. He was also just one-hundredth of a second off of the Kansas school record.

Freshman Kathryn Lupton also set a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles, as she clocked in at 8.82 to take sixth in the event finals.

Four Jayhawks ran in the men’s 400-meter dash, and all four set personal records in the event. Freshman Kyle Clemons took sixth with a time of 47.83, seniors Jacob Breth and Chandler Frigon finished 13th (49.91) and 15th (50.20), respectively, while redshirt-freshman Isaac Bradshaw clocked in at 51.11 to take 21st.

The men had similar success in the mile, as Austin Bussing posted a career-best time of 4:14.34, Bret Imgrund crossed the finish line in a new personal-record time of 4:15.13 and Zach Zarda ran 4:20.13, also a career-best.

Kaman Schneider won the men’s 3,000 meters with a new PR of 9:06.39, while Sam Jones led a pack of six Jayhawks in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.96.

On the women’s side, Sasha Cunningham recorded a career-best time of 56.92 in the 400-meter dash. Tara Grosserode and Anna Barber, who were competing in the event for the first time this season, ran 58.97 and 59.71, respectively.

For many Jayhawks, this weekend’s events marked the end of the 2010 indoor season, but for others, the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. await. There are nine individuals and two relay squads that have met provisional standards for the NCAA Indoor Championships this season. It will soon be announced who among those athletes made the cut for Fayetteville. On average, the NCAA will elect the top 16 athletes in each event to compete at the championships. Senior Jordan Scott, freshman Mason Finley and the women’s DMR team are all ranked among the top 10 in the nation in their respective events.

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Alex Wilson Invitational – South Bend, Ind.

Women’s Distance Medley Relay

1. Rebeka Stowe, Taylor Washington, Cori Christensen, Lauren Bonds – 11:07.96

Women’s 4×400-Meter Relay

4. Denesha Morris, Taissa Makhmayeva, Shayla Wilson, Taylor Washington – 3:37.80

Women’s 400-Meter Dash

7. Kendra Bradley – 56.27

ISU NCAA Qualifier – Ames, Iowa

Women’s 60-meter hurdles

6. Kathryn Lupton – 8.82

Men’s 60-meter hurdles

4. Keith Hayes – 7.85

Men’s Mile

8. Austin Bussing – 4:14.34

10. Bret Imgrund – 4:15.35

15. Zach Zarda – 4:20.13

18. Donny Wasinger – 4:22.35

Men’s 400-meter dash

6. Kyle Clemons – 47.83

13. Jacob Breth – 49.91

15. Chandler Frigon – 50.20

21. Isaac Bradshaw – 51.11

Women’s 400-meter dash

9. Sasha Cunningham – 56.92

11. Tara Grosserode – 58.97

12. Anna Barber – 59.71

Men’s 800 meters

19. Sam Jones – 1:53.96

24. Derrick Perry – 1:56.21

27. Sam Cosgrove – 1:57.22

28. Sean Proehl – 1:57.35

30. Ryan Peterson – 1:58.10

32. Ebo Browne – 2:01.00

Men’s 3,000 meters

1. Kaman Schneider – 9:06.39

Men’s 4×400-meter relay

7. Reggie Carter, Keith Hayes, Keron Toussaint, Kyle Clemons – 3:12.46