Track and Field Travels to Sooner State; Kansas Relays Up Next

April 10, 2008

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – With the Kansas Relays less than a week away, the University of Kansas track and field teams will travel to Norman, Okla. on Saturday, April 12 for the John Jacobs Invitational. Joining KU are six teams ranked within the top-25 of the latest USTFCCCA rankings along with Big 12 opponents, Nebraska, Oklahoma and OklahomaState.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Hosted by the University of Oklahoma, the meet begins with the women’s javelin at 10 a.m. (CST) with the first running event, the women’s 400-meter relay, starting at 1 p.m. The men’s 1,600-meter relay at 4:30 p.m. will conclude the Invitational. The men’s and women’s hammer throw competitions are on Friday with the women starting at 4 p.m. and the men to follow.

The Jayhawks are looking to continue their success from the Texas Relays and Stanford Invitational last week where seven athletes set or improved upon their regional qualifying marks. Seniors Crystal Manning and Kate Sultanova each placed third in their respective events as Manning leaped 13.17 meters (42 feet, 2 ½ inches) in the women’s triple jump and Sultanova vaulted past 4.20 meters (13-09.25 ft.) in the women’s pole vault to regionally qualify.

Senior Julius Jiles duplicated his NCAA regional time of 13.95 in finishing fourth in the men’s 110-meter hurdles while senior Paul Hefferon qualified at the Stanford Invitational with his 14th-place time of 14:10.17 in the men’s 5,000-meter run. Senior Ashley Brown qualified in the 400-meter hurdles at 58.82, while sophomores Kirk Cooper and Jordan Scott reached the NCAA regional mark of 5.05 meters (16-06.75 ft.) at Mike A. Meyers Stadium.

The 81st Annual Kansas Relays begin on Wednesday, April 16 and run through Saturday, April 18. Admission into the meet will be allowed only by those people wearing a 2008 Kansas Relays button. Buttons will cost $10 for adults and are good for admission for all four days of the Kansas Relays. Children under the age of five and KU students are free. A 30% group discount will be applied to all orders of 20 or more adult Kansas Relays admission buttons. Discount buttons for Senior Citizens and all students with a valid ID are $5. A Kansas Relays Family Pack consisting of two adult and two student admissions will be offered for just $20.

Contact the Kansas Athletics ticket office at 800-34-HAWKS (2957) or to purchase admission buttons.

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