Victories by Bonds and Manning at Day Three of Kansas Relays

April 18, 2008

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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. At her final home meet as a Jayhawk, KU senior Crystal Manning was victorious in the triple jump at the Kansas Relays for the first time in her career. Sophomore Lauren Bonds also added a win in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase for the University of Kansas track and field teams at Day Three of the Kansas Relays on Friday.

Manning reached the regional qualifying mark on all three of her triple jump attempts. Though not topping her previous season-best, the Terrell, Texas, native won the event with her second throw jump of 12.93 meters (42 feet, 5 1/4 inches).

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Lauren Bonds led for the majority of the race and crossed the finish line at 11:02.83 to claim the 2008 Kansas Relays title. It was also the first time Bonds had won at Memorial Stadium since winning the sprint medley relay for HutchinsonHigh School in 2006.

“It’s really good to win,” the Hutchinson, Kan., native said. “The Kansas Relays is a really good meet, so I am happy with that.”

Junior Nickesha Anderson regionally qualified for the 100 meters and 400 meters in the preliminaries of both events. Her times of 11.70 in the 100 meters and 54.45 in the 400 meters were the fastest times in each prelim.

Freshman Keron Toussaint had the third-best time in the prelims of the men’s 400-meter dash to qualify for the finals on Saturday. Junior Sha’Ray Butler also moved on to the finals with her preliminary time of 1:03.04 in the 400 hurdles while Kansas’ women’s 1,600-meter relay team also reached Saturday’s finals.

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KU Results – Day Three:


100m Preliminary: 11-Jiles (10.83), 28-Carey (11.12)

Pole Vault: 5-Merrill (15-01.00)

Triple Jump: 18-Fattig (14.18m), 25-Stallbaumer (13.05m)

400m: p-Toussaint (48.50), 12-Rollins (49.47), 23-Murphy (51.48), 25-Frigon (52.00)

Steeplechase: 4-McGowan (9:40.02), 9-Imgrund (9:50.21), 15-Chesang (10:18.94)


100m Preliminary: p-Anderson (11.70), 14-Bradley (12.26)

400m Preliminary: p-Anderson (54.45), 18-Gaines (58.83), 20-Barber (59.51), 22-Bradley (59.98)

400m Hurdles Preliminary: p-Butler (1:03.04)

High Jump: 13-Erb (1.65m), 20-Beisner (1.55m)

Triple Jump: 1-Manning (12.93m)

Shot Put: 4-Horton (15.09m), 16-Reimer (13.34m)

Javelin: 18-Radovich (34.33m), 21-Reimer (33.55m)

Steeplechase: 1-Lauren Bonds (11.02.83)

Kansas Relays Records Set in 2008:

Minnesota junior Liz Roehring – Candace Mason Heptathlon, 5,740 points.

Old Record: Deb Clark (Nebraska), 5,697 points in 1984.

Festus HS (Allison, Beffa, Collier, Darnell) – Girl’s 4-Mile Relay, 22:11.02.

Old Record: Lee’s Summit North (Fritchie, Mark, Rogers, Pierson), 22:11.08 in 2005.

Emily Sisson, Millard North (Neb.) – Girl’s 3,200-Meter Run, 10:25.42.

Old Record: Erin Mortimer (RileyCounty), 10:44.08 in 2002.

Kevin Williams, D’Evelyn (Colo.) – Boy’s 3,200-meter Run, 9:02.29.

Old Record: Matt Tegenkamp, Lee’s Summit, 9:03.38 in 2000.

Scott Russell, unattached – Men’s Javelin, 81.53 meters (267-06 ft.).

Old Record: Scott Russell (unattached), 80.67 meters (264-08 ft.) in 2007.