Krechyk Wins Hammer Throw, Hayes and Montgomery Advance to Hurdle Finals

April 23, 2010

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Kansas sophomore Alena Krechyk won the title in the women’s hammer throw Friday at the UCSD Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif. Krechyk, who is currently third in the nation in the event, threw 62.32m (204-5 ft.) to capture the win over Kentucky’s Kristin Smith, who threw 60.62m (198-11 ft.).

Five other members of the KU throws team will compete in San Diego on Saturday, including Heather Bergmann in the women’s javelin, Iain Trimble in the men’s javelin, Joel Krause in the shot put and Brian Bishop and Mason Finley in the discus. Finley will be aiming for his fourth-consecutive title in the discus.

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Sophomore Keith Hayes advanced to the finals of the 110-meter hurdles after recording the fourth-fastest preliminary time Friday at the Penn Relays. Hayes, who was competing amongst six of the nation’s top 10 hurdlers, clocked in at 13.97 to earn an automatic bid to the event finals, which are scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

After a strong opening leg by freshman Kyle Clemons in the men’s 4×400-meter relay, the Jayhawks suffered a slight injury which led to disqualification of the team.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The KU track and field team completed the third day of competition at the Drake Relays, which included several relays and field events.

Junior Jaci Perryman recorded the top mark for the Jayhawk women in the pole vault, as she cleared a season-best 3.70m (12-01.50 ft.) to finish tied for eighth. Sophomore Julia Cummings and junior Tara Turnbull finished in 18th and 20th place, respectively, after posting identical marks of 3.55m (11-07.75 ft.).

Senior Eric Fattig earned runner-up honors in the men’s long jump with his a mark of 7.42m (24-04.25 ft.), which was only an 1.5 inches shy of his career best.

On the track, sophomore Lawson Montgomery advanced to the finals of the 110-meter hurdles after finishing seventh overall in the preliminary round. Montgomery beat 20 other sprinters with his time of 14.37. He will compete in the event finals on Saturday at approximately 3:13 p.m.

The women’s distance medley relay team of Rebeka Stowe, Kathryn Lupton, Cori Christensen and Lauren Bonds finished fifth overall with a time of 11:21.53. The Jayhawks beat several schools from the Big 12 Conference in the relay, including in-state rival Kansas State, as well as Missouri and Nebraska.

Kansas Results

Triton Invitational

April 23, 2010

W Hammer Throw

1. Alena Krechyk, 204-5 ft.

Penn Relays

April 23, 2010

M 110-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)

4. Keith Hayes, 13.97q

Drake Relays

April 23, 2010

W 110-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)

22. Rebecca Neville, 14.94

25. Kathryn Lupton, 15.36

M 110-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)

7. Lawson Montgomery, 14.37

23. Keyen Porter, 15.24

W Pole Vault

T8. Jaci Perryman, 12-01.50 ft.

T18. Julia Cummings, 11-07.75 ft.

20. Tara Turnbull, 11-07.75 ft.

M Pole Vault

8. Corey Shank, 16-04.75 ft.

M Long Jump

2. Eric Fattig, 24-04.25 ft.

M 4×1,600-Meter Relay

11. Bussing, Imgrund, Wasinger, Humphreys, 17:27.10

M 4×800-Meter Relay

15. Perry, Jones, Proehl, Peterson, 7:49.12

M 4×400-Meter Relay

22. Frigon, Breth, Porter, Montgomery, 3:24.77

W Distance Medley Relay

5. Stowe, Lupton, Christensen, Bonds, 11:21.53