Track and Field Teams Compete at the Tulsa Duels

March 25, 2006


The <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>University of Kansas men’s and women’s track and field teams opened up the 2006 outdoor season on Saturday, competing at the Tulsa Duels in Tulsa, Okla. The Jayhawks had several strong performances on the afternoon to commence the spring. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Senior Sheldon Battle and junior Cody Roberts finished one-two in the discus, with Battle heaving a 177-7 to finish first and Roberts throwing 177-0 for the second place result. In the women’s discus, junior Abby Emsick had a first place result as well. The Council Bluffs, Iowa, native threw a 165-9 to get the win.

Also in the field events, senior Denita Young threw a 154-6 to pick up a first place result in the javelin. Competing in the high jump, senior Brett Terp won the event with a leap of 6-8 3/4. Junior Laura Gjerde finished second in the pole vault, doing so with a jump of 10-6. In the women’s shot put, freshman Stephanie Horton threw 49-6 1/2 for a second place finish.

Other top finishes included Julius Jiles’ performance in the 110-meter hurdles. The sophomore out of Kansas City, Mo., won the race in a time of 14.12. Jiles also had a fourth place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 53.77. In the 1,500-meter run, senior Dena Seibel finished third in a time of 4:39.42 while senior Tiffany Cherry had a third place result of her own in the 100-meter dash (12.13). Sophomore Connie Abbott had a third place result as well in the 3,000-meter run, finishing in a time of 10:11.54

Competing in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, freshman Sha’Ray Butler finished third in a time of 1:01.97 while teammate Janiece Gatson crossed right behind her in fourth place in 1:02.00.

Finally, the women’s 1,600-meter `A’ relay team won its race in a time of 3:45.32.

KU will be off next weekend, but will be back in action April 6 in Austin, Texas, for the Texas Relays.