Jayhawks Rack Up More Victories at Texas Relays
April 7, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Despite rainy conditions, junior Crystal Manning was able to capture the women’s triple jump title at the Texas Relays Saturday. Juniors Ashley Brown and Julius Jiles placed fourth in the 100-meter and 110-meter hurdles respectively to cap off a highly successful weekend for the University of Kansas track and field teams.
Manning cleared 41-10.75 feet (12.54m) and earned a regional qualifying mark in the event. Entering the weekend, Manning’s distance would have represented the fourth-longest jump in the Big 12 Conference.
Brown ran a career-best 13.55 seconds to take fourth in the women’s 100-meter hurdles and earn a regional qualifying mark. Jiles also took fourth in the event and his preliminary time of 14.18 earned the Kansas City, Mo., native a regional qualifying as well.
Pole vaulters Britany Parker, Jordan Scott and Kate Sultanova did not compete due to the inclement weather. Over the span of weekend, Kansas collected four individual victories at the 80th Texas Relays and picked up five new individual regional qualifying marks.
The teams will head to Norman, Okla., for the Sooner Invitational on April 13-14 and then will return home to host the 80th anniversary of the Kansas Relays.
Senior Janiece Gatson, sophomore Zlata Tarasova and NCAA champion Egor Agafonov each earned qualifying marks in their respective events for the Midwest Regional Championships.
Gatson ran 1:00.76 in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, just two one-hundredths of a second off her personal best time and placing 19th overall. Tarasova threw 200-01 feet in the women’s hammer, earning a regionally qualifying mark and finishing second. Agafonov won the men’s hammer, finishing with a 223-04 toss.
Senior Abby Emsick and junior Barrett Saunders won the women’s discus and men’s long jump, respectively, at the Texas Relays in Austin Texas.
Saunders leapt to a new personal best 25-10 (7.87m) to win the section B men’s long jump. The mark represented an improvement of over 16 inches from Saunders’ previous best and would have represented the best men’s long jump performance in the nation entering the weekend.
Emsick, the school record holder in the discus, took the title in the event, throwing for a season-best 175-05 feet (53.46m).