Finley Wins Discus, Hayes and 4x400s Advance

April 2, 2010


Kansas freshman Mason Finley earned the fifth-best mark in the nation in the men’s discus at the 83rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with a throw of 58.22m (191 ft.). Finley won the event by nearly two feet and recorded the fifth-farthest mark among Division I athletes thus far in the 2010 outdoor track and field season. His mark is currently third in the West region.

Finley, a native of Salida, Colo., came to Kansas as the national high school record holder in the event, as well as the U.S.A. Juniors record holder.

Senior Brian Bishop also competed in Section A of the men’s discus on Friday, recording a season-best mark of 54.57m (179 ft.). Bishop finished eighth in a field of 17 throwers.

Sophomore Keith Hayes advanced to the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles after finishing fourth overall in the preliminary round. Hayes beat 48 other sprinters in a season-best time of 13.92, which is currently tied for ninth in the nation, and fifth in the West region.

Hayes was also a member of the men’s 4×400-meter relay team that won the preliminary round, earning an automatic bid to the finals, held on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. The quartet of Reggie Carter, Hayes, Kyle Clemons and Keron Toussaint clocked in at 3:10.78, beating 27 other relay teams.

The women’s 4×400-meter relay squad also qualified for the event finals on Saturday, as Denesha Morris, Taissa Makhmayeva, Shayla Wilson and Taylor Washington combined for a time of 3:40.03, which was good for sixth place overall in the prelims.

Sophomore Julia Cummings and juniors Tara Turnbull and Jaci Perryman all earned season-best marks in the women’s pole vault event. Cummings captured fifth place after clearing 3.86m (12-8 ft.), while Turnbull and Perryman recorded identical marks of 3.56m (11-8 ft.) to finish in 11th and 13th place, respectively.

Senior Kelsey Erb also recorded a season-best mark in the women’s high jump, as the Bucklin, Kan., native cleared 1.66m (5-05.25 ft.) to take fifth place.

Freshman Andrea Geubelle leaped 5.86m (19-02.75 ft.) in the women’s long jump, earning sixth place in the event. Geubelle will compete again on Saturday in Section A of the women’s triple jump.

Kansas Results – 83rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

W 100-Meter Hurdles (prelims)

37. Kathryn Lupton – 14.51

M 110-Meter Hurdles (prelims)

4. Keith Hayes – 13.92q

29. Lawson Montgomery – 14.69

35. Keyen Porter – 14.78

W 4×400-Meter Relay (prelims)

6. Morris, Makhmayeva, Wilson, Washington – 3:40.03q

M 4×400-Meter Relay (prelims)

1. Carter, Hayes, Clemons, Toussaint – 3:10.78q

W Long Jump (Section B)

6. Andrea Geubelle – 19-02.75 ft.

W High Jump (Section B)

5. Kelsey Erb – 5-05.25 ft.

W Pole Vault (Section B)

5. Julia Cummings – 12-8 ft.

11. Tara Turnbull – 11-8 ft.

13. Jaci Perryman – 11-8 ft.

M Triple Jump (Section B)

8. Corey Fuller – 48-09.50 ft.

M Discus (Section A)

1. Mason Finley – 191 ft.

8. Brian Bishop – 179 ft.

M Sprint Medley Relay

12. Carter, Clemons, Perry, Jones – 3:26.54

M 4×1,500-Meter Relay

8. Imgrund, Bussing, Humphreys, Wasinger – 15:43.17