Jayhawks Head To Arkansas Twilight Friday

May 4, 2011


Kansas track and field will be well represented at Friday’s Arkansas Twilight Meet held on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Nearly 50 Jayhawk track and field athletes will compete at the meet, their final competition before the 2011 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Headlining the list of competitors will be senior Jordan Scott who will be competing in the pole vault. Scott, who is the reigning NCAA Champion in the event, is currently tops in the Big 12 and third nationally in the event with his season’s best mark of 5.50 meters (18-00.50 ft.). He will vault at 4 p.m., Friday along with fellow KU vaulters Alex Bishop, Cooper Merrill and Kevin Hays.

Kansas will be led on the track by Kyle Clemons and Keron Toussaint in the 400 meters. Clemons enters the meet ranked ninth in the Big 12 with his season’s best time of 46.62, which he also ran in Fayetteville. Toussaint ranks in the top 48 of the West Region with his season’s best time of 47.22. The duo will compete at 7:45 p.m.

Eight Jayhawks will participate in the men’s 800 meters led by freshman Dalen Fink who has the top Kansas time of the season at 1:52.80. Joining Fink in the race will be Nick Seckfort, Dominique Manley, Sam Jones, Ebo Browne, Sean Proehl, Brendan Soucie and Derrick Perry.

Freshman Diamond Dixon will lead an outstanding group of sprinters in the women’s 400 meters for KU as Kendra Bradley, Denesha Morris and Taylor Washington will also compete with Dixon at 7:15 p.m. Dixon leads the Jayhawks in the event on the season with her time of 53.62, which ranks eighth in the Big 12 and 20th in the NCAA West Region.

Jaci Perryman will leads a strong group of pole vaulters for KU as eight Jayhawks will compete in the women’s pole vault, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Perryman ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 14th in the NCAA West Region with her height of 4.10 meters (13-05.25 ft.). Demi Payne is right behind Perryman as she has recorded a season’s best height of 4.06 meters (13-03.75 ft.). Also competing for KU will be Julia Cummings, Tara Turnbull, Sarah Hedberg, Abby Jones, Abby Row and Claire Christie.

The Arkansas Twilight meet will begin at 9 a.m., with the women’s hammer throw for the Kansas athletes and will conclude with the running of the women’s 1,500 meters at 9:35 p.m. Complete results will be available at www.kuathletics.com.