Kansas Throwers and Jumpers Shine at Saturday Meets
April 30, 2011
Nine Jayhawks were in action Saturday, continuing what has been a successful weekend for the men’s and women’s track teams. The Kansas throwers put together outstanding performances in Monroe, Louisiana at the ULM Warhawk Classic, while three men’s and women’s long and triple jumpers competed at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
MONROE, La. – Several of Kansas’ men’s and women’s throwers had career days at the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawk Classic Saturday afternoon as four Jayhawks took home titles in five events.
Sophomore Mason Finley once again had a spectacular outing, winning both the shot put and discus throw competitions. As the No. 1 ranked shot putter in the NCAA, Finley won the event by more than 13 inches, recording a throw of 19.60 meters (64-03.75 ft.). The distance was just seven inches from his top mark on the season and earned Finley his fourth victory of this outdoor season.
Finley continued his spectacular day by also bringing home the discus title. For the second time this season he set a personal record in the event on the way to a first-place finish in the event. His toss of 60.65 meters (199-00 ft.) is the third-farthest in the country this season and moves Finley up to third all-time in the Kansas school record books.
Scott Penny followed Finley’s lead by winning the hammer throw with a personal record mark. The senior hit a distance of 60.14m (197-04 ft.) to win the event, his second first-place finish of the season. Penny currently ranks seventh in the Big 12 in the event.
The Kansas women also had first-place performances as freshman Jessica Maroszek recorded the top throw in the discus, while sophomore Heather Bergmann took gold in the javelin throw. Maroszek, who ranks third in the Big 12 in the event, recorded a winning toss of 50.68 meters (166-03 ft.). Bergmann won her second javelin title of the outdoor season with a mark of 46.63 meters (152-11.75 ft.), her third-farthest throw of the season.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Francine Simpson continued her solid outdoor season with a second-place performance in the women’s long jump. Simpson, who is currently ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in the long jump, hit a distance of 6.28 meters (20-7.25 ft.) on her final attempt. The leap marked the fourth-straight week Simpson notched a top mark over 20 feet.
Andrea Geubelle was also in action in the long jump as well as the triple jump on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore, who ranks in the top 15 nationally in both events, finished sixth in the long jump with a mark of 6.06 meters (19-10.75 ft.) and took 12th in the triple jump, leaping a distance of 12.35m (40-02.25 ft.) on her third and final attempt.
The KU distance runners will end the busy week for the Jayhawks in Stanford, Cali., on Sunday as they compete in the Payton Jordan Invitational. Highlighting the competition for the Jayhawks will be Donny Wasinger in the men’s 5,000 meters and Rebeka Stowe in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. For complete Kansas results and live updates, follow www.kuathletics.com.
ULM Warhawk Classic (Monroe, La.)
2. Jessica Maroszek, 14.34m (47-00.50 ft.)
4. Heather Bergmann, 12.20m (40—00.25 ft.)
1. Jessica Maroszek, 50.68m (166-03 ft.)
1. Heather Bergmann, 46.63m (152-11.75 ft.)
1. Mason Finley, 19.60m (64-03.75 ft.)
4. Brian Bishop, 16.28m (53-05.00 ft.)
5. Joel Krause, 16.08m (52-09.00 ft.)
1. Mason Finley, 60.65m (199-00 ft.) ***Personal Record***
3. Brian Bishop, 56.30m (184-09 ft.)
6. Joel Krause, 45.32m (148-08 ft.) ***Personal Record***
7. Scott Penny, 41.77m (137-00 ft.)
1. Scott Penny, 60.14m (197-04 ft.) ***Personal Record***
Drake Relays (Des Moines, Iowa)
2. Francine Simpson, 6.28m (20-07.25 ft.)
6. Andrea Geubelle, 6.06m (19-10.75 ft.)
12. Andrea Geubelle, 12.25m (40-02.25 ft.)
17. Darryl Trotter, 14.30m (46-11.00 ft.)