Jackson and KU's Anderson Highlight Day Four of Kansas Relays

April 19, 2008


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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior Nickesha Anderson broke a 30-year-old school record, while five other University of Kansas track and field athletes and a relay team improved their NCAA regional marks on the final day of the 81st Annual Kansas Relays at Memorial Stadium. Over 13,500 fans enjoyed 11 meet records, a world-leading time and several thrilling performances over the four-day meet.

After setting a regional mark in the 400-meter dash on Friday, Anderson took the 100 meter title in a KU record time of 11.23 and was the anchor leg of the Jayhawks’ regional qualifying 1,600-meter relay team. The Hanover, Jamaica, native broke Sheila Calmese’s time of 11.44 from the 1978 Arkansas Relays.

Julius Jiles and Jordan Scott each had an impressive day for the men. In the invitational 110-meter hurdles, Jiles placed third in a field of professional athletes with a season-best time of 13.69. Scott was second in the pole vault behind a former All-American with his best vault of the year at 5.20 meters (17 feet, ¾ inches).

Junior Sha’Ray Butler nearly topped her personal best mark in the 400-meter hurdles with a regional qualifying time of 59.71, placing second. Behind Anderson in the 100 meters, junior Victoria Howard was third, improving her regional time to 11.63. And a day removed from her triple jump victory, senior Crystal Manning posted a regional qualifying mark in the long jump, placing fourth, but leading all collegians.

Nike’s Bershawn Jackson won the Male Most Outstanding Performer award after running the fastest time in the world in the 400-meter hurdles. Jackson won the event for the fifth time in the last six years with a time of 48.32.

On the women’s side, MillardNorthHigh School (Neb.) sophomore Emily Sisson took the Female Most Outstanding Performer honor with meet records in the girl’s 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run. Her time of 4:51.42 in the 1,600 meters topped a four-year-old mark, while her finish of 10:25.42 was 19 seconds faster than Erin Mortimer’s time in 2002.

For complete results of the 81st Kansas Relays, log on to www.kansasrelays.com.

Kansas will now head to Des Moines, Iowa for the Drake Relays, April 24-26. Drake will also host the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships, June 11-14.

KU Results – Day Four:


110m Hurdles Invitational: 3-Jiles (13.69)

400m: 7-Toussaint (47.91)

800m: 9-Baysinger (1:54.25)

Discus: X-Eres

Pole Vault: 2-Scott (5.20m)

Long Jump: 11-Turner (6.95m), 12-Fattig (6.89m), 13-Stallbaumer (6.86m)

1,600m Relay: 6-KU (3:12.86)


100m: 1-Anderson (11.23), 3-Howard (11.63)

400m Hurdles: 2-Butler (59.71)

Discus: 16-Horton (41.12m), 20-Lacy (38.33m)

Pole Vault: 2-Sultanova (4.05m), 8-Harmon (3.85m), 9-Cummings (3.75m), 18-Jones (3.35m)

Long Jump: 4-Manning (6.28m)

1,600 Relay: 1-KU (3:39.43)

Two-Mile Relay: 2-KU (9:29.99)

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 1,600-Meter Run, 4:51.42.

Old Record: Elizabeth Lange (Pius X), 4:58.04 in 2004.

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.

John Talbert, KC East Christian – Boy’s Discus, 61.13 meters (200-07).

Old Record: Luke Bryant (Clearwater), 60.35 meters (198-00 ft.), 2007.

Alishea Usery, McCluer-South – Girl’s 400-Meter Dash, 54.61

Old Record: De Angela McDougald (Junction City), 55.17 in 2007.

Rosemarie Whyte, Stellar Athletics – Women’s 400-Meter Dash, 51.71.

Old Record: Nicki Green (Powerade), 52.19 in 1996.

Abraham Jones, Unattached – Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles, 50.04.

Old Record: Joey Woody (unattached), 50.31 in 1996.

Bershawn Jackson, Nike – Invitational Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles, 48.32.

Old Record: Bershawn Jackson (Nike), 48.34 in 2006.

McCluer South (Mo.) – Girls 4x400m Relay, 3:49.12

Old Record: John Marshall (OK), 3:53.88 in 1983.

Wichita Southeast – Boys 4x400m Sunflower Showdown, 3:25.91

Old Record: Olathe East, 3:27.57 in 2006.