KU Throwers Take On World's Best at Triton Invitational
April 29, 2012
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The KU throwers traveled to San Diego, Calif. over the weekend to compete in the Triton Invitational hosted by the University of California San Diego. The meet traditionally brings in many of the top throwers in the world, some of which will likely be competing in the Olympics later this year. The challenging field gave the Jayhawks valuable experience with the postseason looming just two weeks away.
Jessica Maroszek was the highlight of the meet for Kansas, recording a new personal best in the discus and finishing third against many of the top-ranked throwers in the nation. The Seymour, Wisc. native could not have opened her day any better, uncorking a throw of 54.34 meters (178-03 ft.) to immediately jump atop the leaderboard. The throw, a personal record, was less than two feet from the school record and is the 15th-farthest toss in the NCAA this year.
The sophomore’s opening-round throw propelled her into the finals where she was unable to improve upon her first attempt. Maroszek finish third in the event with the top three finishers being separated by throws that measured within three feet of one another.
Junior All-American Mason Finley was in action Saturday in the invitational division of the discus. He would only record two fair attempts on the day but would make his third and final one the best. Finley threw to a mark that measured 60.98 meters (200-01 ft.), his second-farthest of the season. While he went on to finish 15th overall, Finley ended the day placing as the second-highest American in a field full of professionals.
Alena Krechyk kicked things off for the Jayhawks Friday afternoon in the hammer throw. The senior was coming off an outstanding performance a week ago at the Kansas Relays were she broke her own school record with an enormous throw of 66.05 meters (216-08 ft.). The mark moved her to fifth in the nation and to No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference .
Friday, the Grodno, Belarus product once again collected her best throws in the early rounds of the competition. On her second attempt, Krechyk turned out a mark of 63.03 meters (206-09 ft.) to shoot up the leaderboard. She would be unable to improve upon that throw however, finishing the day in sixth among an impressive collection of the best hammer throwers in the world.
In the men’s javelin, Johann Swanepoel and Jesse Vaughn looked to continue their impressive performances over the past two weeks. Swanepoel, who last week moved to the No. 2 spot on the all-time KU performance list, was the higher finisher, placing sixth with a throw of 65.78 meters (215-10 ft.). Vaughn took eighth with his mark of 61.19 meters (200-09 ft.).
On the women’s side, Heather Bergmann and Allison Mayfield each had solid outings in the javelin. Bergmann launched the javelin to a mark of 48.09 meters (157-09 ft.) to finish fifth, while Mayfield notched a new personal best, hitting a distance of 44.01 meters (144-05 ft.). Both throwers now rank in the top 10 in the Big 12 conference this year.
Joel Krause added a runner-up finish in the open division of the shot put to his list of senior- year accolades. Krause heaved a throw of 48.09 meters (157-09 ft.), which was just four inches off of Swede Daniel Stahl’s winning mark.
The Jayhawks have one more group in action this weekend with the distance specialists competing at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Stanford, Calif. Track events are slated to begin at around 6 p.m. (CT), with the final Jayhawks running at around 9 p.m. Log on to kuathletics.com for a complete recap and results of the day’s events.