Vollmer and Caines Set the Tone for KU on Day One of Kansas Relays

April 18, 2012

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041812aaa_507_7697394.jpegLAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas freshman Lindsay Vollmer sits in second place of the heptathlon with 3,304 points following the first day of competition in the 85th annual Kansas Relays. Teammate Amanda Caines is performing in her first collegiate heptathlon and is currently in eighth place. The sophomore has 2,533 total points heading into the second day of competition.

The day and the meet started out on a high note for Vollmer, who won the 100-meter hurdle portion of the heptathlon with her wind-aided time of 14.06. The multi-event runner missed her previous personal best in the event by .02 seconds, but earned 970 points in the process.

Vollmer followed up her solid hurdling performance with another personal best in the high jump. The 1.69 meter (5-06.50 ft.) clearance earned her a third-place finish and 842 points, while Caines was not far behind, finishing fourth. Caines cleared a height of 1.63 meters (5-04.25 ft.) and compiled 771 points for that portion of the event.

In the shot put, Vollmer put a total of 630 points up on the board with her 11.53 meter (37-10.00 ft.) throw and third-place finish. Caines placed eighth and earned a new KU career best with an 8.69 meter toss (28-06.25 ft.), which earned her 444 points.

The final women’s event of the day put Vollmer and Caines in the second heat of the 200 meter dash. The duo finished third and eighth, respectively, with Vollmer earning a wind-aided time of 25.27 and 862 points. Caines finished with 685 points after her wind-aided 27.33 performance.

Both Vollmer and Caines will finish up their heptathlon events Thursday, as they compete in the long jump, javelin and 800 meters, starting at 9 a.m. inside Memorial Stadium.

–Sophomore Amanda Caines earned a new collegiate best in the 100-meter hurdles with her wind-aided time of 16.68. Her previous best performance in the event came earlier this month (16.72) at the Emporia State Relays.
–Freshman Lindsay Vollmer surpassed her previous collegiate best in the high jump with a clearance of 1.69 meters (5-06.05 ft.). Her previous best in the event (1.66 meters), came last month at the Texas Relays.
–Caines also set a new KU career best in the shot put with her 8.69 meter (28-06.25) throw, surpassing her old high mark of 8.35 meters set at the Baker Relays.

Freshman Lindsay Vollmer
On competing in her first Kansas Relays:
“I love it. Competing here with the home crowd in your own setting, you are really comfortable. We practice here every day, so it is kind of our home turf.”

On heading into day two of the heptathlon and the Relays:
“Knowing that you came off of a good first day always takes the pressure off the second day. You can come out more relaxed and have a bit more fun with it, but I still want to have a good score so you are still going to put that pressure on yourself.”

On competing with teammate Amanda Caines:
“It is really fun having someone there to keep you on your toes and to talk with. To have that person there, cheering you on and helping you along, is really great.”

Sophomore Amanda Caines
On her performance in the heptathlon:
“I was really happy with my overall performance today because it was my first heptathlon ever. I had personal bests in the high jump and hurdles, which I would still like to do better in, but I was still pretty happy.”

On Wednesday’s warm weather:
“I definitely liked the warm weather, especially because we had that really bad rain at Emporia (Relays, March 31), so this helped a lot.”

On competing at Memorial Stadium:
“It had kind of a calming effect because it felt a little more like practice than an actual high-pressure meet. Also being with Lindsay (Vollmer) really helped.”

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