Four Runners Regionally Qualify at Cardinal Invitational

May 1, 2006

PALO ALTO, Calif. –

Participating at the Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., a group of distance runners from the University of Kansas track and field team turned in four NCAA regionally-qualifying times on Sunday evening. The meet, hosted by Stanford University, saw many of the top distance runners in the nation competing.

Senior Cameron Schwehr ran a time of 3:43.64 in the 1,500-meter run. The time, which placed him fifth in the second section of the race, was his best of the season in the event and was also good for a regional qualification. Also competing in the 1,500 race, senior Joshy Madathil narrowly missed a qualification of his own. His time of 3:48.29 gave him a third-place result in the third section of the race but missed the regional cutoff by a half second.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Erik Sloan finished in second place in section two of the event with a time of 8:59.17. The time easily beat the regional qualifying mark of 9:07.00.

The final two regional qualifications at the meet came from sophomores Paul Hefferon and Colby Wissel in the 5,000-meter run. In section one of the race, Hefferon finished 17th overall in a time of 13:59.47 to achieve the mark. Wissel had to wait until section two to earn his qualification, where he finished third in a time of 14:04.37.

The men’s and women’s track teams will now turn their attention to the Ward Haylett Invitational in Manhattan, Kan., on May 6.