Wissel, Hefferon Win on Day One of Tom Botts Invite

April 14, 2006


The men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Columbia, Mo., on Friday for the first day of events from the Tom Botts Invitational. Wins from sophomores Colby Wissel and Paul Hefferon in the two distance events highlighted the first day of competition.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Wissel, a native of Elm Creek, Neb., beat the field in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the finish line first in a time of 14:42.61. Also running in the 5,000 meters, freshman Victor Chesang finished eighth in a time of 15:45.74.

Competing in the 3,000-meter run, Hefferon finished first in a time of 8:20.22. He led a host of Jayhawks in the race, with Matt French finishing fifth (8:39.32), Patrick McGowan sixth (8:39.66), Chris Jones eighth (8:47.40) and Mike Putzke ninth (9:01.43).

Alicia McGregor was the top KU finisher in the women’s 3,000-meter run, finishing sixth in a time of 10:36.11. Christine Lathrop was the next Jayhawk to cross the finish line, coming in eighth in a time of 10:45.81. Bridget Moran finished 12th (10:54.03) and Hayley Harbert came in 13th (10:55.22).

In the men’s field events, a pair second place finishes highlighted the afternoon. Jonathan Edward’s throw of 171-5 in the javelin and Eric Fattig’s leap of 22-5 1/4 in the long jump earned them the results. In the women’s long jump, sophomore Shatoya Hill finished fourth with a leap of 18-1.

The two teams will remain in Columbia on Saturday for the final day of competition from Columbia.