Maroszek Shines at Friday's 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

April 8, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas –

Kansas’ Jessica Maroszek led the Jayhawks on Friday at the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Maroszek captured the women’s ‘A’ Section discus title in her first trip to the meet Friday afternoon.

Maroszek got off to a great start, hurling her winning toss of 54.05 meters (177-04 ft) on her first throw of the competition. The mark set a new personal best for the Seymour, Wis., native. It also ranks as the second best mark in KU history.

“I was really nervous entering the meet,” said Maroszek. “This is a big-time meet and I knew there were a lot of great competitors in the field. Getting a good throw on my first attempt allowed me to relax.”

Maroszek fouled on her final two throws in the prelims, but still managed to lead the field heading into finals. Once in finals, she maintained her lead over the competition to come out on top.

“I might have relaxed a little too much,” said Maroszek. “My form was not as good once I got my first throw in. I was fortunate to still come out on top. After I knew I had won the competition I was very excited.”

Sophomore Francine Simpson had her finest performance since joining Kansas as a transfer from LindenwoodCollege. She took home a second place finish in the women’s long jump ‘A’ Section with her personal best leap of 6.47 meters (21-02.75 ft.). The mark also ranks fourth on the KU all-time long jump list.

“It was kind of windy today so I was just trying to get a good mark,” said Simpson. “During warm ups I was anxious to go out and perform well and I think I did a good job.”

Simpson opened with a foul on her first attempt and then got on the board with her mark of 6.24 meters to ensure herself a spot on the finals. She unloaded on her third and final preliminary jump, garnering her top mark of the day at 6.47 meters. Once in the finals, Simpson also recorded a mark of 6.42 meters on her final attempt.

“I love it down here,” said Simpson, of competing at her first Texas Relays. “I am used to the warm weather since I am from Jamaica and I felt really good here. I think the weather helped me jump well.”

Freshman vaulter Demi Payne also had an outstanding day in the field as she finished third in the ‘B’ Section of the women’s pole vault. Payne cleared a personal-best height of 4.06 meters (13-03.75 ft.), which ranks fourth on the Jayhawk all-time chart for the event. Payne cleared the same height as the winner and second place finisher, but was deemed the third-place finisher by misses.

On the men’s side junior Donny Wasinger finished second in the men’s ‘A’ Section 1,500 meters with his time of 3:48.14. The mark was a new personal best for Wasinger and the top time by a Jayhawk this season.

Freshman thrower Johann Swanepoel continued his hot start to his collegiate campaign by taking third place in the men’s ‘A’ Section javelin. Swanepoel opened the competition with his top mark of 72.64m (238-04 ft). His mark moved him into fourth place on the KU all-time javelin list.

After starting the competition in second place with his first throw of the day, Swanepoel maintained his position throughout the competition until the final round of throws despite not recording another mark. He was edged on the sixth and final round of competition moving into third place.

Sophomore Mason Finley took home fourth place in the men’s ‘A’ discus throw with his toss of 58.41m (191-08 ft). Finley was followed by senior Brian Bishop who finished in seventh place with his mark of 56.55m (185-06 ft).

The Jayhawks will return to action for the final day of competition at the Texas Relays Saturday.

Kansas Agate 4/6/11 – 4/9/11

Texas Relays

4/8/11

WOMEN’S RESULTS

100 Meter Hurdles (Prelims)

56. Kathryn Lupton, 14.75

Sprint Medley Relay

9. Kansas (Simpson, Bradley, Washington, Dixon), 4:01.11

4X400 Meter Relay (Prelims)

12. Kansas (Bradley, Dixon, Washington, Wilson), 3:42.30

Long Jump (Section A)

2. Francine Simpson, 6.47 meters (21-02.75 ft)***Personal Best

10. Andrea Geubelle, 6.13 meters (20-01.50 ft)

Pole Vault (Section B)

3. Demi Payne, 4.06 meters (13-03.75 ft) ***Personal Best***

10. Julia Cummings, 3.86 meters (12-08.00 ft)

17. Tara Turnbull, 3.56 meters (11-08.00 ft)

Discus Throw (Section A)

1. Jessica Maroszek, 54.05m (177-04 ft) ***Personal Best***

MEN’S RESULTS

1,500 Meters (Section A)

2. Donny Wasinger, 3:48.14 ***Personal Best***

3,000 Meter Steeplechase

6. Austin Bussing, 9:14.78

4X400 Meter Relay (Prelims)

17. Kansas (Marx, Clemons, Manley, Toussaint), 3:14.47

Sprint Medley Relay

10. Kansas (Clemons, Marx, Toussaint, Soucie), 3:27.02

Javelin Throw (Section A)

3. Johann Swanepoel, 72.64m (238-04 ft)

16. Iain Trimble, 60.04m (197-00 ft)

Discus Throw (Section A)

4. Mason Finley, 58.41m (191-08 ft)

7. Brian Bishop, 56.55m (185-06 ft)