Clemons And Simpson Lead Jayhawks At John Jacobs Collegiate Invitational

April 16, 2011

NORMAN, Okla. –

Kansas sophomores Kyle Clemons and Francine Simpson each claimed titles at the 2011 John Jacobs Collegiate Invitational here Saturday to lead the Jayhawks. Clemons was victorious in the 400 meters, while Simpson captured the long jump title.

Clemons, who ranks seventh in the Big 12 and 22nd nationally in the 400 meters, clocked in at 46.87 for the win. He also finished fourth in the 200 meters with this time of 21.24, shattering his previous personal best time of 21.63.

“Kyle’s 400 meters was pretty good,” said Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine. “I thought he went out and did a great job of running the race the way we planned. Going into today’s meet he was focusing on certain sections of the race and he did a nice job in those areas.”

Simpson, who is the NCAA leader in the long jump with her mark of 6.42 meters from last weekend’s Texas Relays, turned in the top mark of the day by leaping 6.36 meters (20-10.50 ft).

“It is all really coming together for Francine right now,” said Redwine. “Coach (Wayne) Pate has done a great job working with her. She only took two jumps to win the competition. She was really focused and went out and did what she had to do to get the win.”

KU senior Jordan Scott took second in the pole vault. Scott’s height of 5.25 meters (17-02.75 ft) actually tied for the top height of the day, but he was edged for the title on misses at a lower height. Scott is currently ranked first in the Big 12 and second in the NCAA in the pole vault with his season’s best mark of 5.50 meters (18-00.50 ft), which he achieved at last weekend’s Texas Relays.

Jayhawk senior Brian Bishop was the second-place finisher in the discus as he recorded a mark of 54.83 meters (179-11 ft), while senior Scott Penny finished third in the hammer throw with his toss of 56.63m (185-09 ft). Bishop and Penny are both nationally ranked in their respective events as Bishop ranks ninth in the NCAA West Region in the discus and Penny is ranked 38th in the hammer throw.

Senior Jaci Perryman had another strong showing in the pole vault as she cleared 4.05 meters (13-03.75 ft) on her way to a third place finish. Fellow senior Elise Umbarger set a new career-best mark in the hammer throw as she finished in fifth place with her toss of 47.38 meters (155-05 ft).

On the track, a pair of freshmen had strong performances for KU as Diamond Dixon clocked in at 53.85 in the women’s 400 meters, while Dalen Fink set a new season’s best time in the men’s 800 meters as he rounded the track in 1:52.80, good for a fifth-place finish.

Sophomore Taylor Washington finished right behind Dixon the 400 meters with her fifth-place time of 54.88. The duo joined forces with Kendra Bradley and Shayla Wilson the 4×400-meter relay as the KU quartet finished in fifth place with its time of 3:47.35.

“I thought as a whole everyone did a really good job,” said Redwine. “We had several personal bests set and I am excited about the progress I am seeing. The team is coming together and we are all looking forward to a great Kansas Relays next week.”

The 84th running of the Kansas Relays will kick-off on Wednesday, April 20 with the heptathlon, decathlon and the men’s invitational shot put, which will be held in downtown Lawrence. Tickets fcan be purchased at Memorial Stadium or online at Advance orders can also be made by emailing the KU ticket office at or by calling 800-34-HAWKS.

Kansas Agate – 4/16/11

John Jacobs Invitational


100 Meter Dash

11. Andrea Geubelle, 12.31

200 Meter Dash

8. Diamond Dixon, 24.16

16. Kendra Bradley, 24.69

17. Taylor Washington, 24.76

400 Meter Dash

4. Diamond Dixon, 53.85

5. Taylor Washington, 54.88

11. Kendra Bradley, 55.77

800 Meter Run

4. Shayla Wilson, 2:15.13

12. Maddy Rich, 2:19.62

14. Anna Barber, 2:22.58

1,500 Meter Run

4. Kathleen Thompson, 4:41.86

3,000 Meter Run

2. Charlene Browne, 10:29.53

100 Meter Hurdles

8. Kathryn Lupton, 14.71

12. Rebecca Neville, 17.30

400 Meter Hurdles

6. Timmie Morris, 1:05.74

4X400 Meter Relay

5. Kansas (Bradley, Dixon, Washington, Wilson), 3:47.35

Pole Vault

3. Jaci Perryman, 4.05m (13-03.50 ft)

8. Abby Jones, 3.60m (11-09.75 ft)

9. Sarah Hedberg, 3.45m (11-03.75 ft)

12. Tara Turnbull, 3.45m (11-03.75 ft)

13. Abby Row, 3.45m (11-03.75 ft)

Long Jump

1. Francine Simpson, 6.36m (20-10.50 ft)

5. Jamaica Collins, 5.14m (16-10.50 ft)

13. Rebecca Neville, 5.68m (18-07.75 ft)

Triple Jump

5. Jamaica Collins, 11.03m (36-02.25 ft)

Shot Put

8. Elise Umbarger, 12.49m (40-11.75 ft)

11. Rebecca Neville, 9.50m (31-02.00 ft)

Hammer Throw

5. Elise Umbarger, 47.38m (155-05 ft)


100 Meter Dash

10. Alex Hernes, 11.49

200 Meter Dash

4. Kyle Clemons, 21.24

18. Keron Toussaint, 22.08

26. Alex Hernes, 22.63

400 Meter Dash

1. Kyle Clemons, 46.87

11. Keron Toussaint, 48.20

800 Meter Run

5. Dalen Fink, 1:52.80

7. Dominique Manley, 1:53.05

11. Nick Seckfort, 1:54.26

12. Brendan Soucie, 1:54.32

15. Sam Jones, 1:58.38

16. Ebo Browne, 1:58.82

17. Sean Proehl, 1:58.89

18. Derrick Perry, 2:00.07

1,500 Meter Run

8. Sean Proehl, 4:04.86

12. Clay Schneider, 4:17.22

3,000 Meter Run

4. Eric Dyson, 8:50.97

5. Ben Wilson, 8:53.36

7. Emilio Trujillo, 9:25.54

110 Meter Hurdles

12. Nick Canton, 16.31

400 Meter Hurdles

9. Isaac Bradshaw, 55.15

4X400 Meter Relay

3. Kansas ‘A’ (Clemons, Manley, Marx, Toussaint), 3:19.22

5. Kansas ‘B’ (Bradshaw, Browne, Fink, Jones), 3:26.17

High Jump

T2. Nick Canton, 2.03m (6-08 ft)

T2. Nick Giancana, 2.03m (6-08 ft)

Pole Vault

2. Jordan Scott, 5.25m (17-02.75 ft)

4. Alex Bishop, 4.65m (15-03.00 ft)

Long Jump

6. Darryl Trotter, 6.69m (21-11.50 ft)

Triple Jump

3. Darryl Trotter, 14.70m (48-02.75 ft)

Shot Put

4. Joel Krause, 15.89m (52-01.75 ft)


2. Brian Bishop, 54.83m (179-11 ft)

10. Joel Krause, 43.17m (141-08 ft)

Hammer Throw

3. Scott Penny, 56.63m (185-09 ft)


3. Nick Canton, 48.45m (158-11 ft)