Jayhawks Prepare for NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
March 11, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas track and field heads to Fayetteville Ark., for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships March 12-13. Three individuals and one relay team will compete for the Jayhawks at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
Jordan Scott is making his third consecutive trip to the indoor championships, as the senior from Watkinsville, Ga., will look to defend his All-American status in the pole vault. Freshmen Mason Finley and Andrea Geubelle will make their first appearance on the big stage, as Finley will compete in the men’s shot put and Geubelle in the women’s triple jump.
In addition to the three individuals, the women’s distance medley relay team of Rebeka Stowe, Taylor Washington, Cori Christensen and Lauren Bonds also earned a bid to the indoor national championships after the squad posted a school-record-breaking time of 11:07.96 last week at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
»jayhawks’ championship schedule & SEEDS
Finley will be the first Jayhawk to compete in Fayetteville, as he will throw as the fifth-seed in the men’s shot put on Friday at 2:45 p.m. Scott will take the stage next in the men’s pole vault at 6:25 p.m. Scott is the sixth-seed going into the event. The women’s DMR team will race in the final event on Friday at 9:20 p.m. The quartet of Stowe, Washington, Christensen and Bonds are seeded seventh in a small field of 12. Andrea Geubelle will be the lone competitor on Saturday, as she makes her NCAA Championship debut at 6:30 p.m. with the women’s triple jump, where she is seeded 17th.
Three members of the Jayhawks’ championship roster are in their first year as a collegiate athlete. These impressive freshmen include Mason Finley, Andrea Geubelle and Taylor Washington. Finley’ is one of only two freshmen appearing in the men’s shot put at the NCAA Championships, and his season-best mark of 63-2 feet is the fifth-best recorded in the nation this season. Geubelle will also face a tough field of upperclassmen, as she is the only freshman enrolled in the triple jump. A mere eight of the 48 athletes who are registered in the distance medley relay are freshmen, Taylor Washington being one of them. Washington will run the second leg (400 meters) of the DMR. Last week in South Bend, Ind., she clocked a split of 52.8.
ESPN360.com will stream the championships live beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 12 and 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, March 13 (Central time). To access the live stream, visit www.ESPN360.com. Click on the FAQs link for software and system requirements, etc. Anyone with a .edu e-mail address is able to obtain access to ESPN360 at no cost. NCAA.com will stream supplemental coverage as available when ESPN360.com is not live. Additionally, ESPN2 will air a 90-minute show at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, March 17.
»SCORING & RESULTS
The 2010 Indoor Track and Field Championships will be scored using the standard 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 format. Official schedules, heat sheets and results for the event can be found on the on the NCAA web site or at www.arkansasrazorbacks.com. Specific information and results regarding Kansas athletes will be available on www.kuathletics.com/trackandfield. To view live results of the championships, click the following link http://flashresults.com/2010_Meets/indoor/NCAA/
KANSAS TEAM NOTABLES
– Including this year (2010), the University of Kansas men’s track and field team has appeared in the NCAA Indoor Championships 37 times in history.
– The men’s team has finished in the top five at indoor nationals on 12 separate occasions, which includes three national championships in 1966-69-70.
– The Jayhawks have produced 18 individual indoor national champions and two championship relay teams.
– Under head coach Stanley Redwine, the Jayhawks have earned four individual indoor national titles, while placing 20 individuals and one relay squad on the list of NCAA Indoor All-Americans.
– The Kansas women’s track and field team has made 13 trips the NCAA Indoor Championships, which includes this year’s (2010) appearance.
– Six of those 13 appearances have come during head coach Stanley Redwine’s tenure, including the team’s highest NCAA finish of 10th in 2008. The KU women finished third in 1979 when national competition was under the jurisdiction of the AIAW.
– The Jayhawks have a total of three individual indoor national champions (Sheila Calmese-300 yards-1978; Kristi Kloster-800 meters-1996; Amy Linnen – Pole Vault – 2005).
-Under Redwine, the Jayhawks have produced 11 Indoor All-Americans.
JORDAN SCOTT/KANSAS POLE VAULT NOTES
– Scott is a two-time Indoor All-American in the pole vault, having finished ninth in 2008 and third in 2009. His bronze-medal performance in 2009 was the highest finish for a Jayhawk in the event since Pat Manson earned runner-up honors in 1991.
– Scott recently won his fourth-consecutive Big 12 title in the pole vault, becoming only the second athlete in conference history to win as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior and the only athlete in Kansas history to win four-consecutive crowns in the event.
– Scott’s 2010 season-best mark of 17-09.75 ft. was set in the Randal Tyson Track Center on Feb. 13 and his career-best mark of 18-02.50 was also set in Fayetteville at the Tyson Invitational in 2008.
– At the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Scott jumped 17-10.50 ft. to finish third behind Jason Colwick of Rice and Yavgeniy Olhovsky of Virginia Tech, both of whom are in the field of elite vaulters at this year’s championships.
– Scott will be aiming for his third-straight All-America honor in the pole vault, which would make him just the third Jayhawk in school history to own the title for three years. Jeff Buckingham was an All-American in the pole vault in 1979-82-83, while Pat Manson was a four-time All-American from 1988-91.
– Including Scott’s All-American performance in 2008-09, Kansas boasts 21 total Indoor All-Americans in the pole vault. A third honor for Scott would bring KU’s total to 22, which is the most for any event in school history. The next closest is the shot put and long jump in which Kansas has 11 All-Americans.
– Terry Porter is the only Jayhawk to have won an indoor national championship in the pole vault, which he accomplished in 1973 with a mark of 17-0 ft.
MASON FINLEY/KANSAS SHOT PUT NOTES
– Finley is just one of two freshmen appearing in the shot put at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships.
– Finley enters the event as the fifth-seed and will look to uphold that standing for All-America honors, which would make him the 12th athlete in school history to earn the prestigious title.
– Finley recently won the 2010 Big 12 Championship in the shot put with a season-best mark of 63-2 ft., which ranks fifth on KU’s all-time list.
– Finley is the first Jayhawk to compete in the shot put at the indoor championships since Sheldon Battle took fourth in the event in 2006.
– Karl Salb is the only person in KU history to have won an indoor national championship in the shot put, and he accomplished that feat three separate times in 1969-70-71.
ANDREA GEUBELLE/KANSAS TRIPLE JUMP NOTES
– Geubelle is the only freshman in the nation to earn a spot in the triple jump at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.
– Geubelle will look to join the exclusive list of Kansas triple jump All-Americans, which includes just two athletes in Brooklyn Hann (2002) and Crystal Manning (2008).
– Geubelle recently captured the bronze medal in the triple jump at the 2010 Big 12 Indoor Championships with a season-best mark of 42-04.25 ft., where she was also the only freshman to compete in the finals of the event.
WOMEN’S DMR NOTES
– The distance medley relay squad of Rebeka Stowe, Taylor Washington, Cori Christensen and Lauren Bonds set the Kansas school record in the event last week at the Alex Wilson Invitational with a time of 11:07.96. That time bested the previous record by nearly 14 seconds.
– Kansas’ DMR squad earned runner-up honors at the 2010 Big 12 Championships in an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 11:23.08.
– The DMR squad, which is seeded seventh going into the event, will aim for All-America accolades, which would be only the second DMR team in school history to earn the honor, as K. Wollheater, L. Holloway, K. Kloster and M. Swartz did so in 1996.