Jayhawk Track and Field Returns Home for 84th Kansas Relays
April 19, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas’ men’s and women’s track teams will return home this week for the 84th annual Kansas Relays to be held at Hershberger Track and McCook-Olympic Field at Memorial Stadium April 20-23. The Kansas Relays is one of the premier events held in the U.S. every year, bringing together a collection of talented high school, collegiate and professional athletes for four days of track and field competition.
The Jayhawks will have 73 athletes competing in the Relays this year, 14 of which are ranked in the top 32 nationally in their respective events. KU also has 21 individual athletes and three relay teams that are currently among the top 10 on the Big 12 outdoor performance list.
The KU men’s team, ranked 18th in the latest USTFCCCA national poll, will highlight senior Jordan Scott in the men’s pole vault on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Scott is currently 3rd in Division I track and field with a height of 18-00.50 feet. He will be joined his teammates senior Cooper Merrill, freshman Alex Bishop and junior Kevin Hays.
The men’s discus event will also feature one of KU’s top performers of the year, sophomore Mason Finley, who enters the event with the third-best mark in the nation at 198 ft. Finley won the discus competition at the Arkansas Razorback Spring Invitational, and will vie for his second major Relays title on Saturday at 4 p.m. Senior Brian Bishop will also compete in the discus as the 11th -ranked thrower in the West region and 16th in the nation. Before the discus competition on Saturday, fans will get a chance to witness both athletes in action, as they will also compete in the men’s shot put on Friday at 3 p.m.
Freshman Johann Swanepoel, a native of Olathe, Kan., will throw the javelin in front of a home crowd for the first time in his young KU career. Swanepoel is ranked fifth in the West region and third in the Big 12 in the event. He will throw at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Friday along with teammate Jesse Vaughn, who is also ranked in the top ten in the Big 12 in the event.
On the track, sophomore Kyle Clemons will look to continue his hot streak in the 400 meters after winning the event last weekend at the John Jacobs Invitational. Clemons is ranked eighth in the Big 12 and 15th in the West region in the event and will look to set another personal best time on Friday at 3:20 p.m. in the preliminary round. Senior Keron Toussaint will join Clemons in the event. Toussaint is currently ranked 32nd in the NCAA’s West region.
On the women’s side, sophomore Francine Simpson will compete in the long jump at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, an event in which she holds the second-best mark in the nation. Simpson brought home gold in the event last week at the John Jacobs Invitational. Joining Simpson in the long jump will be fellow sophomore Andrea Geubelle, who is currently ranked 16th in the West region in the event. Geubelle will also take place in the triple jump on Friday at 12:00 p.m. where she has the 13th best mark in the country this season.
Freshman Jessica Maroszek, who won the shot put and discus competition at the Texas Relays, will compete in both events this weekend. The Seymour, Wis., native is currently 35th in the West region in the shot put and eighth in the national rankings for the discus. Maroszek will begin her weekend in the shot put at 11:30 a.m. on Friday and conclude in the discus at 10:45 a.m. Saturday.
On the track, fans will get their first chance to watch standout freshman sprinter Diamond Dixon who will be competing in her first Kansas Relays. Dixon will run in the 100 meter dash, 400 meter dash, and the 4X100 meter relay, which take place on Friday and Saturday. Dixon is currently ranked 8th in the Big 12 and 30th in the nation in the 400 meters.
The 84th edition of the Kansas Relays begins Wednesday, April 20 and continues through Saturday, April 23. Admission into the meet will be granted to those wearing a 2011 Kansas Relays button. The buttons are $10 for adults and $5 for students, youth and seniors and are valid for all four days of the event. Children under five are admitted for free, as are KU students with a valid KU ID. There is also a Kansas Relays family plan which includes two adult and two student/youth buttons for $20.
Live results of the 84th Annual Kansas Relays can be accessed on the KU Relays web site at http://www.kuathletics.com/sports/c-relay/kan-c-relay-body.html or at www.deltatiming.com. For a complete meet schedule, news and information, as well as quotes, results and recaps of each day’s events, visit the KU Relays web site.
Kansas Relays 4/20-4/23
100 Meter Dash (Prelims) – 11:55 p.m. Friday (4/22)
200 Meter Dash (Prelims) – 10:15 a.m. Friday (4/22)
400 Meter Dash (Prelims) – 3:05 p.m. Friday (4/22)
800 Meter Run – 1:35 p.m. Saturday (4/23)
1,500 Meter Run – 5:40 p.m. Thursday (4/21)
3,000 Meter Run – 6:35 p.m. Thursday (4/21)
5,000 Meter Run – 6:50 p.m. Thursday (4/21)
100 Meter Hurdles (Prelims) – 9:05 a.m. Friday (4/22)
400 Meter Hurdles (Prelims) – 12:40 p.m. Friday (4/22)
4X100 Meter Relay (Prelims) – 4:15 p.m. Friday (4/22)
4X400 Meter Relay (Prelims) – 6:45 p.m. Friday (4/22)
4X880 Yard Relay
Distance Medley Relay – 2:35 p.m. Friday (4/22)
4X1 Mile Relay – 6 p.m. Friday (4/22)
Pole Vault – 10:30 a.m. Saturday (4/23)
Long Jump – 1:30 p.m. Saturday (4/23)
Triple Jump – 12 p.m. Friday (4/22)
Shot Put – 11:30 a.m. Friday (4/22)
Discus Throw – 10:45 a.m. Saturday (4/23)
Hammer Throw – 4:30 p.m. Thursday (4/21)
Javelin Throw – 2 p.m. Friday (4/22)
Heptathlon – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (4/20) – 12:30 p.m. Thursday (4/21)
100 Meter Dash (Prelims) – 12:15 p.m. Friday (4/22)
400 Meter Dash (Prelims) – 3:20 p.m. Friday (4/22)
800 Meter Run – 5:20 p.m. Thursday (4/21)
1,500 Meter Run – 6:00 p.m. Thursday (4/21)
3,000 Meter Steeplechase – 6:20 p.m. Thursday (4/21)
5,000 Meter Run – 7:15 p.m. Thursday (4/21)
400 Meter Hurdles (Prelims) – 1 p.m. Friday (4/22)
4X400 Meter Relay (Prelims) – 7:05 p.m. Friday (4/22)
4X880 Yard Relay
Distance Medley Relay – 2:50 p.m. Friday (4/22)
4X1 Mile Relay – 6:25 p.m. Friday (4/22)
High Jump – 11 a.m. Saturday (4/23)
Pole Vault – 1:30 p.m. Friday (4/22)
Long Jump – 10 a.m. Saturday (4/23)
Triple Jump – 3:00 p.m. Friday (4/22)
Shot Put – 3 p.m. Friday (4/22)
Discus Throw – 4 p.m. Saturday (4/23)
Hammer Throw – 12 p.m. Thursday (4/21)
Javelin Throw – 5:30 p.m. Friday (4/22)
Decathlon – 10 a.m. Wednesday (4/20) – 4:20 p.m. Thursday (4/21)