Jayhawk Track and Field to Compete This Weekend in John Jacobs Invitational
April 15, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas’ men’s and women’s track and field teams once again hit the road this weekend as they make their way to Norman, Okla., for the John Jacobs Invitational. The meet will take place April 15-16 at the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex.
A total of 31 Jayhawk men and 29 Jayhawk women will represent Kansas this weekend in what will be their final tune-up before the Kansas Relays next week. For the women, sophomore Francine Simpson will return to action in the long jump after an impressive performance last weekend at the Texas Relays. Her jump of 6.42m (21-00.75ft.) is the best of her career at KU and currently ranks No. 1 in both the Big 12 and NCAA national rankings.
Also competing for the women are senior Jaci Perryman (pole vault), sophomore Andrea Geubelle (100m, long jump), sophomore Rebecca Neville (100m hurdles, long jump, shot put) and freshman Jessica Maroszek (shot put, discus).
Perryman enters the meet with the third-best pole vault mark in the Big 12 outdoor season with her height of 4.10m (13-05.25ft.). The mark currently ranks the senior eighth in the NCAA’s West Region.
Geubelle will be looking to improve upon her mark in the long jump. The sophomore is coming off a solid performance last weekend in Austin, Texas, where she hit a distance of 6.13m (20-01.50ft.). The mark ranks her sixth in the Big 12 and 25th in the NCAA this season.
Maroszek has had an outstanding start to her first outdoor season with KU. The freshman thrower currently ranks in the top 50 in the country in both the shot put and discus throws. Last weekend at the Texas Relays she brought home gold in the discus with her throw of 54.05m (177-04ft.), which currently ranks her second in the Big 12 and fifth in the NCAA’s West Region. After recording personal bests in both events over the past two meets, Maroszek is sure to have another solid performance.
Leading the Kansas men this weekend will be senior Jordan Scott (pole vault), sophomore Mason Finley (shot put, discus), sophomore Kyle Clemons (200m, 400m, 4X400m relay) and freshman Johann Swanepoel (javelin).
Scott will be competing this weekend as the No. 2-ranked pole vaulter in the NCAA after clearing a season best height of 5.50m (18-00.50ft.) last weekend. The reigning NCAA pole vault champion will continue his title defense on Saturday, with the event beginning at 11 a.m.
Finley will headline the shot put and discus events taking place on Saturday afternoon. The Salida, Colo., native hit a personal best mark in the discus two weeks ago at the Razorback Spring Invitational en route to a first place finish. His throw of 60.36m (198-0ft.) ranks Finley at No. 3 in the NCAA and second in the Big 12. Fellow thrower Brian Bishop, who has had several impressive outings in his senior campaign, will also be competing in the shot put and discus throw. The senior is looking to improve upon his No. 14 NCAA ranking in the discus and No. 8 ranking in the Big 12 for the shot put.
Clemons will have a busy day Saturday, leading the men’s sprinters in three different events. Clemons will start the day in the 400-meter dash, the event where he ranks 22nd in the NCAA with his time of 46.62, which he set en route to his first-place finish two weeks ago at the Razorback Spring Invitational. Clemons will also run in the 200-meter dash as well as the 4X400 meter relay with teammates Keron Toussaint, Pieter Marx and Dominique Manley. That relay team has continued to shoot their way up the Big 12 ranks, moving up to seventh with their time of 3:12.93, set at the Mayaguez Spring Break Classic.
Swanepoel will be in action along with four of his Jayhawk teammates on Saturday in the javelin throw. The freshman has had an outstanding start to his first season at KU, moving up to fourth in the school record books after his performance last weekend at the Texas Relays. Swanepoel hit a mark of 72.64m (238-04ft.) pushing him up to No. 10 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the Big 12 rankings.
The John Jacobs Invitational will begin Friday evening with the men’s and women’s hammer throw and will conclude Saturday evening with the men’s and women’s 4X400 meter relays. Jayhawk results for the John Jacobs invitational can be found at www.kuathletics.com.
Kansas Agate – 4/16/11
John Jacobs Invitational
100 Meter Dash – 2:50 p.m.
200 Meter Dash – 3:55 p.m.
400 Meter Dash – 2:30 p.m.
800 Meter Run – 3:05 p.m.
1,500 Meter Run – 1:40 p.m.
3,000 Meter Run – 3:15 p.m.
100 Meter Hurdles – 2:05 p.m.
400 Meter Hurdles – 3:35 p.m.
4X400 Meter Relay – 4:50 p.m.
Kansas ‘A’ – Bradley, Dixon, Washington, Wilson
Kansas ‘B’ – Barber, D. Morris, T. Morris, Rich
Pole Vault – 2 p.m.
Long Jump – 11 a.m.
Triple Jump – 2:30 p.m.
Shot Put – 2 p.m.
Discus – 3 p.m.
Hammer Throw – 6:30 p.m. (Friday)
Javelin – 12:30 p.m.
100 Meter Dash – 2:55 p.m.
200 Meter Dash – 4:05 p.m.
400 Meter Dash – 2:40 p.m.
800 Meter Run – 3:15 p.m.
1,500 Meter Run – 1:50 p.m.
3,000 Meter Run – 4:35 p.m.
110 Meter Hurdles – 2:20 p.m.
400 Meter Hurdles – 3:45 p.m.
4X400 Meter Relay – 5:00 p.m.
Kansas ‘A’ – Clemons, Manley, Marx, Toussaint
Kansas ‘B’ – Bradshaw, Browne, Fink, Jones
High Jump – 3:30 p.m.
Pole Vault – 11 a.m.
Long Jump – 12:30 p.m.
Triple Jump – 4 p.m.
Shot Put – 3:30 p.m.
Discus – 2 p.m.
Hammer Throw – 5 p.m. (Friday)
Javelin – 11 a.m.