Jayhawks Return to Fayetteville for John McDonnell Invitational

April 8, 2010


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For the second time in three weeks, the Kansas track and field team will head to the familiar site of Fayetteville, Ark., to compete at the John McDonnell Invitational on Saturday, April 11. The Jayhawks opened their 2010 outdoor season in Fayetteville just two weekends ago, where 15 KU athletes earned individual medals on John McDonnell Field.

The Jayhawks will have 72 athletes in tow, including 41 for the men and 31 for the women.

On the men’s side, freshman Mason Finley, sophomore Keith Hayes and junior Jordan Scott are among the top athletes in the West region after their stellar performances at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays last weekend.

Finley is currently third in the discus with his mark of 191 feet and Hayes is ninth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.92. Scott is not only atop the West region rankings, but is leading the entire nation in the men’s pole vault, with his recent career-best mark of 18-08.75 feet. Scott will compete with fellow Jayhawk pole vaulters Kevin Hays, Ryan Hays, Cooper Merrill, Clint Robison and Corey Shank at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Finley will throw alongside teammate Brian Bishop, who is ranked 15th in the West region, at 11:30 a.m., while Hayes will compete in the prelims of the 110 hurdles at 2:10 p.m.

In the distance events, the Jayhawks will have several strong contenders, including sophomore Donny Wasinger in the 1,500 meters and redshirt-freshman Austin Bussing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Both KU athletes are in the top five on the 2010 Big 12 outdoor performance list. Other Jayhawks to watch for in Fayetteville are redshirt-freshman Iain Trimble in the javelin and freshman Kyle Clemons in the 400-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay.

On the women’s side, each of the four members of the indoor All-American distance medley relay team will compete in their first individual events of the 2010 outdoor season. Sophomore Cori Christensen will run the 800 meters, as will senior Lauren Bonds. Bonds will also compete in the 1,500 meters and 4×400-meter relay. Sophomore Rebeka Stowe is entered in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while freshman Taylor Washington will run in the 400-meter dash; the same distance she ran in the DMR.

Between the pole vault and javelin events, KU will have 11 women competing for titles. Sophomore Julia Cummings leads a pack of eight KU pole vaulters with her season-best mark of 12-8 feet, which ranks sixth in the Big 12 Conference. Freshman Heather Bergmann is the Jayhawks’ top javelin thrower with a mark of 149 feet, which is currently eighth on the league performance list. Lacey Cunningham and Amanda Radovich will join Bergmann in the javelin.

Field events commence at 9 a.m. on Saturday, while the running events will get underway at 2 p.m. Live results of the John McDonnell Invitational will be available at www.arkansasrazorbacks.com or www.flashresults.com.