Outdoor Track and Field Season Begins at Missouri Relays

March 26, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Three All-Americans from 2007 return for both the men’s and women’s University of Kansas track and field teams as the 2008 outdoor season begins in Columbia, Mo. at the Missouri Relays this weekend, March 28-29. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Field events begin at 9:30 a.m. (CST) on Friday with the women’s hammer throw. Running events start at 11:00 a.m. with the women’s 200-meter dash and day one concludes with the men’s 10,000-meter run at 9 p.m. Saturday starts with the women’s 1,500-meter run at 8 a.m., while the first field event is the men’s triple jump at 11 a.m. The meet will come to a close following the men’s 1,600-meter relay at 6:10 p.m.

Seniors Egor Agafonov, Barrett Saunders and Julius Jiles each earned All-America honors during the men’s 2007 outdoor season. Agafonov also won the Big 12 title in the hammer throw, while Saunders won the conference title in the long jump. Jiles set a school-record of 13.66 as he placed eighth in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships to garner the honor. Sophomore Jordan Scott will also look to defend his conference championship in the pole vault this year.

Seniors Ashley Brown, Crystal Manning and Kate Sultanova earned the All-America honor for the women. This will be the most returning All-Americans in women’s team history. Brown, an All-American in the 400-meter hurdles, set the school standard in the event as well as the 100-meter hurdles at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Manning will look to earn the honor and claim the Big 12 title in the triple jump for the second straight year as Sultanova strives for her third All-America honor in the pole vault this season. Junior Zlata Tarasova also joins the Jayhawks again this year after winning the 2007 Big 12 Championship in the hammer throw.

For complete results from each day’s events from the Missouri Relays, log on to www.kuathletics.com.