Jayhawks to Close Out Regular Season at Arkansas Twilight
May 2, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – This weekend marks the final tune up for the Kansas track and field teams before postseason competition begins with the Big 12 Outdoor Championships May 11-13 in Manhattan, Kan. Over 40 Jayhawks will be in Fayetteville, Ark., for the Arkansas Twilight on Friday, May 4, looking to improve as the postseason meets loom.
Joining the fifth-ranked Jayhawk women and the 23rd-ranked men in Arkansas will be Big 12 opponents Oklahoma and Oklahoma State along with the nationally-ranked Arkansas men and women. Kansas will have seven athletes who are ranked in the top 10 of the Big 12 Conference competing on Friday.
On the track, a strong group of men’s 400-meter runners will be in action poised to collect some of their fastest times of the season. Junior Kyle Clemons has spent much of the season recovering from injury and is beginning to hit his stride at the right time of the year. Freshman Kenneth McCuin boasts the team’s best 400-meter time at 47.40, good for ninth in the Big 12 this year. Clemons and McCuin will join up with freshman Michael Stigler and Mike Hester to close out the meet with the 4×400-meter relay. The quartet has already posted a time the sits among the top-25 of the west region (3:08.67), which they will attempt to improve upon Friday night.
Other men to watch Friday are seniors Iain Trimble (javelin), Darryl Trotter (triple jump) and Sean Proehl (800 meters), junior Shawn Smith (200 meters), sophomore Nick Seckfort (800 meters) and freshmen pole vaulters Aaron Blevins, Casey Bowen and Regan Gilbert.
For the KU women, Alisha Keys has been one of the Jayhawks’ key freshman this season and it will be important for her to notch some fast times this week in Fayetteville. Currently, she sits at 46th in the West Region in the 200 meters and will be looking to gain a few tenths of a second as well as some confidence as she heads into the post season next week. Keys will take to the track at 8:10 p.m. in the 200 meters.
Like Keys, Taylor Washington is in need of a fast time in the 400 meters. Washington was a member of the All-American indoor 4×400-meter relay team this past winter and is primed to get back to her national-caliber form before the conference meet next week. Washington is slated to run at 7:15 p.m.
Other women in action at John McDonnell Field Friday are Andrea Geubelle and Francine Simpson in the 100 meters, Sarah Hedberg in the pole vault, Jamaica Collins in the triple jump and freshmen Regan Allen and Sara Seiwald in the 1,500 meters.
Action from Arkansas will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the women’s long jump while track events with begin at 6 p.m. with the men’s and women’s 100 meters. Stay updated on the Jayhawks’ progress throughout the day through Twitter and live results at flashresults.com. A complete recap, videos and final results will be posted to kuathletics.com following the meet.