Five Take Titles as Kansas Track and Field Dominates at Missouri Southern

April 29, 2011

JOPLIN, Mo. – FiveJayhawks won gold Friday at the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational hosted by Missouri Southern University. 13 additional members would go on to notch top three-finishes marking the second-straight meet where 10 or more Jayhawks finished in the top three of their respective events.

Sprinter Diamond Dixon continued her dominance on the track, taking first place in the women’s 100 meters. The freshman edged out Oral Roberts’ Cornisha Wilkerson by .31 seconds and set a wind-aided personal best time when she crossed the finish line in 11.53. The time is the fourth-fastest in Kansas history.

In the women’s 400 meters, Kendra Bradley broke the 18-year-old Fred G. Hughes Stadium record en route to a first-place finish in the event. Her time of 55.23 beat the next finisher by over half a second, and broke the former stadium record by .29 seconds. The win is Bradley’s first of the outdoor season and her second-fastest time of the season in the event.

Nick Canton turned in a solid performance for the second straight week, winning the high jump title. The sophomore had a top jump of 2.06 meters (6-09.00 ft.) on his first attempt, breaking a four-way tie for first and giving Canton the title. Also competing in the event was freshman Nick Giancana who finished in a tie for eighth, marking a leap of 2.01 meters (6-07.00 ft.)

Senior Jaci Perryman took home her first title of the outdoor season in the women’s pole vault. The Phoenix, Ariz., native cleared a height of 4.07 meters (13-04.25 ft.) on her first attempt to finish first. Teammate Demi Payne was not far behind, finishing in second-place. The freshman hit a height of 3.97 meters (13-00.25 ft.) on her first attempt but was unable to match Perryman at the next height of 4.07 meters.

Sophomore Kathryn Lupton took home her first title as a Jayhawk, winning the 100-meter hurdles on a time of 14.18. The Kingwood, Texas native ran the fastest time in the qualifying heats as well as in the finals. Lupton also competed in the 400-meter hurdles, along with teammate Timmie Morris. Lupton would finish second with a time of 1:02.29, while Morris finished just behind at third, crossing the finish line in 1:05.89.

Kansas track and field will be in action again tomorrow in two meets. Several Jayhawks will be in Des Moines, Iowa for the Drake Relays while the throwers will compete at the ULM Warhawk Classic in Monroe, La. For complete Kansas results and live updates, follow

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Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational (Joplin, Mo.)



100 Meters (Finals)

1. Diamond Dixon, 11.53w ***Personal Record***

400 Meters

1. Kendra Bradley, 55.23 ***Stadium Record***

4. Denesha Morris, 56.55

800 Meters

7. Anna Barber, 2:22.65

100-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)

1. Kathryn Lupton, 14.41 (qualified)

100-Meter Hurdles (Finals)

1. Kathryn Lupton, 14.18w

400-Meter Hurdles

2. Kathryn Lupton, 1:02.29

3. Timmie Morris, 1:05.89

4X400 Meter Relay

2. Kansas (Barber, T. Morris, D. Morris, Washington), 3:49.33

High Jump

2. Rebecca Neville, 1.53m (5-00.25ft.)

Pole Vault

1. Jaci Perryman, 4.07m (13-04.25 ft.)

2. Demi Payne, 3.97m (13-00.25 ft.)

6. Julia Cummings, 3.87m (12-08.25 ft.)

9. Sarah Hedberg, 3.52m (11-06.50 ft.)

t-12. Claire Chritie, 3.37m (11-00.85 ft.) ***Personal Record***

t-12. Abby Row, 3.37m (11-00.85 ft.)

Tara Turnbull, NH

Shot Put

12. Rebecca Neville, 8.48m (27-10.00ft.)

Javelin Throw

10. Rebecca Neville, 22.87m (75-00ft.)


100 Meters (Prelims)

3. Kyle Clemons, 10.73 (qualified) ***Personal Record***

10. Alex Hermes, 11.08

100 Meters (Finals)

3. Kyle Clemons, 10.76

200 Meters

3. Kyle Clemons, 21.54

9. Alex Hermes, 22.19 ***Personal Record***

400 Meters

24. Bruce Tyner, 54.14

27. Nick Canton, 55.25

800 Meters

2. Nick Seckfort, 1:54.92 ***Personal Record***

4. Sam Jones, 1:56.60

10. Derrick Perry, 1:58.99

15. Ebo Browne, 2:00.68

5,000 Meters

2. Josh Baden, 15:06.73

400-Meter Hurdles

6. Isaac Bradshaw, 57.29

4X400 Meter Relay – 8:30 p.m.

3. Kansas ‘A’- (Bradshaw, Jones, Perry, Seckfort), 3:21.39

High Jump

1. Nick Canton, 2.06m (6-09.00 ft.)

t-8. Nicholas Giancana, 2.01m (6-07.00 ft.)

Pole Vault

2. Jordan Scott, 5.43m (17-09.75ft.)

3. Alex Bishop, 4.93m (16-02.00ft.)

t-9. Cooper Merrill, 4.63m (15-02.25ft.)

14. Kevin Hays, 4.48m (14-08.25ft.)

Long Jump

6. Jareb Stallbaumer, 7.17m (23-06.25ft.)

Triple Jump

4. Jareb Stallbaumer, 13.97m (45-10.00 ft.)

Javelin Throw

9. Daniel Hitman, 46.06m (151-01ft.)