Kansas Opens Outdoor Season at Missouri Relays
March 26, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. – With the indoor season complete, the Kansas track & field team is geared up and set to open the 2009 outdoor season Friday and Saturday at the 10th Annual Missouri Relays in Columbia, Mo.
“We’re definitely excited about the outdoor season,” Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine said. “I talked to the team about wanting to make sure what we didn’t achieve indoor, that we are able to achieve it outdoor. We need to have the mindset and be ready to go achieve those things.”
After spending the 2008 summer in Beijing, China, as an alternate on Jamaica’s women’s 4×100-meter relay team, senior Nickesha Anderson will make her 2009 debut at the Audrey J. Walton Track/Soccer Stadium. The Hanover, Jamaica, product was a four-time All-American in 2008, and looks to build on that this season. The school record holder in both the 100 meters and 200 meters, Anderson is entered in the 400 meters and 4×400-meter relay this weekend.
“Nickesha is a great athlete,” Redwine said. “After coming back from the Olympics and now having the chance to compete for the University of Kansas, we’re definitely excited and I think she will do a great job.”
Two-time All-American thrower Stephanie Horton will also be in action this weekend at Mizzou. The senior from Tigard, Ore., will compete in both the shot put and the discus.
KU’s other returning All-American, Jordan Scott, will skip the season opener after earning All-America honors in the pole vault at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships just two weeks ago in College Station.
Several other Jayhawks look to make their marks early, including Keith Hayes and Lauren Bonds, who both earned provisional qualifying marks during the indoor season. Hayes, a freshman from Wichita, Kan., will look to contend in the 100-meter hurdles, the 400-meter hurdles and the 4×400-meter relay. Bonds, a junior from Hutchinson, Kan., will compete in both the 800 meters and 1,500 meters and is an alternate on the 4×400-meter relay team.
“We’ve assessed where we are between the indoor and outdoor seasons, and we have to go out and prove ourselves,” Redwine explained. “No one is going to give us anything. We have to go out and compete and prove ourselves every step, every event. That’s what it takes in order for the team to do better.”
The Missouri Relays begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. CDT with the women’s hammer throw. Results can be found at www.kuathletics.com upon completion of the day’s events.
“It’s time to compete, no excuses,” Redwine stated. “The athletes have to know that any condition, any circumstance, they have to learn how to compete. That’s what we’re looking for this weekend.”