Widerstrom Breaks Hammer Record Again

April 7, 2005


AUSTIN, Texas – Day two of the 2005 Texas Relays was the first day of competition at the event for the University of Kansas track and field teams. For the second straight week, junior thrower Jen Widerstrom broke the school record in the hammer throw.

Last weekend at the Missouri Relays, Widerstrom rebroke her own school record in the hammer with a toss of 182-01. Thursday, she one-upped that mark with a throw of 183-02. She finished fifth in the event.

“We are excited for Jen, she has stepped up and is establishing herself as a great thrower,” Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine said.

“Coach Doug Reynolds is doing a great job with her and each time she goes out, she is stepping it up more and more. She has goals in mind and is continuing to improve to meet those goals.”

Junior Sheldon Battle also moved up in the KU record books in the hammer throw. Battle improved on his regionally qualifying mark with a 198-03 effort. That throw is good enough for third all-time at Kansas. Battle finished fourth on the day.

The Jayhawks men’s 4×800 relay team of Joshy Madathil, Cameron Schwehr, Brandon Hodges and Jeremy Mims finished second in the event with a time of 7:24.88. The University of Southern California won the event in 7:21.75.

Senior Paige Higgins finished seventh in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:29.70, while senior Chris Jones finished sixth in the men’s 5,000 with a time of 14:51.59.

Friday’s action from Austin will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the 4×100 relays, and will conclude around 10 p.m. with the 4×1,500 relay.