Six Jayhawks Qualify for NCAA Indoor Championships
March 8, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Six members of the Kansas track and field teams will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., and the Randal Tyson Track Center this weekend for the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Junior Sheldon Battle (shot, weight throw), senior Jeremy Mims (800-meters), senior Brooklyn Hann (triple jump), junior Charisse Bacchus (long jump), senior Amy Linnen (pole vault) and freshman Ekaterina Sultanova (pole vault) will all vie for a championship.
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Competition begins on Friday at 9 a.m.
Last weekend, senior Jeremy Mims broke one of the oldest KU records and in the process automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with a 1:47.04 effort in the 800-meter run at the Iowa State Qualifier Saturday afternoon.
Mims broke the record of Jayhawk legend Jim Ryun that he set in 1967 (1:47.91).
Junior Charisse Bacchus made it to the NCAA Championships with a record-breaking performance at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Bacchus broke the school record in the long jump she set two weeks ago at the Big 12 Indoor Championships with a mark of 20-09.00.
Senior Brooklyn Hann also improved on her previous school record in the triple jump. Hann provisionally qualified in the event with a personal best jump of 43-02.25, en route to a second place finish. Her previous best mark of 42-04.25 was set at the Husker Invitational on February 5th.
Sheldon Battle will compete in both the shot put and the weight throw at the NCAA meet. Battle owns the sixth best throw in that nation in the shot put (63-03.50), and the eighth best weight throw (68-11.25) this year.
Rounding out the NCAA performers will be the dynamic duo of senior Amy Linnen and freshman Ekaterina Sultanova in the pole vault. Linnen owns the NCAA record in the pole vault, that she set in 2002, and has the fourth best vault in the nation in 2005 (13-11.25). Sultanova owns the tenth best vault in the nation this year (13-7.75).