Six Jayhawks Earn All-American Honors at NCAA Indoor Championships
March 12, 2011
College Station, Texas –
Each member of the Kansas track and field team that made the trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend came home as an All-American. Freshman Diamond Dixon, sophomores Mason Finley, Andrea Geubelle, Denesha Morris, Taylor Washington, and senior Kendra Bradley all finished in the top eight of their respective events to become All-Americans for the 2011 indoor season.
On Friday afternoon, Mason Finley took second in the shot put with a throw of 19.75m (64-09.75ft.). He held the lead in the competition following the three preliminary throws and did not drop to second place until Leif Arrhenius of BYU recorded a throw of 19.92 meters (65-04.25 ft.) in the fifth round. The finish was the highest of Finley’s career at NCAA National Championship competition.
Diamond Dixon once again broke her own school record in the women’s 400 meter prelims on Friday afternoon, running a time of 53.06 and finishing second in her heat. The time was good enough to qualify her for the finals on Saturday night. Dixon would go on to finish sixth in the finals with a time of 53.32, her third fastest of the season.
On Saturday afternoon, Andrea Geubelle finished eighth in the women’s triple jump. On her third attempt she jumped a distance of 13.02m (42-08.75ft.), which is an indoor personal best for the sophomore and third best in school history.
The women’s 4X400 meter relay team broke the school record in the event Saturday night for the second straight week. Denesha Morris, Kendra Bradley, Taylor Washington, and Diamond Dixon ran a time of 3:34.05 to take seventh place overall. Morris ran her 400 meter split in 53.50, Bradley in 54.50, Washington in 53.30, and the anchor Dixon finished in 52.50.
The Jayhawks will now turn their attention toward the outdoor portion of the track and field season. Next weekend the team will be in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico to participate in the Mayaguez Spring Classic. Two weeks later they will travel to Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays on April 8th and 9th.