KU Track's Daniels, Redwine Claim Big 12 Honors

May 8, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior sprinter Paris Daniels and head coach Stanley Redwine each received honors by the Big 12 Conference it was announced by the league office Wednesday. Daniels was named the Outstanding Female Performer of the Year while Redwine garnered Women’s Coach of the Year accolades. On Sunday, the women’s team won its first ever outdoor conference title at the Big 12 Championships in Waco, Texas.

“I’m excited about this honor and very thankful for it,” said Redwine, now in his 13th year at Kansas. “I’m more excited though about the fact that Paris was recognized. It’s great to have a Kansas athlete get an award like this and shows where we are as a program. Both these honors are indications of how hard everyone, from the assistant coaches and athletes to the support staff, has worked. This is as much an honor for the entire team as it is for just Paris and myself.”

The announcement is Redwine’s third conference honor and second this season after being named the league’s indoor coach of the year in March. He also claimed men’s outdoor coach of the year honors in 2005. Daniels is the second Kansas woman to attain Big 12 Performer of the Year after Candace Mason was given title in 1998.

This past weekend, Daniels sprinted to victory in the 200 meters, finished runner-up in the 100-meter dash and anchored KU’s 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays on their way to victories in each. Daniels earned high-point honors at the meet, recording 23 of the Jayhawks’ 83 day three points. The St. Louis product currently boasts marks in the 100 meters and 200 meters that sit in the top-15 of the NCAA rankings.

In his first 12 seasons at the helm at KU, Redwine has seen 11 of his Jayhawks claim individual NCAA titles, 117 All-Americans and five Olympians, including 2012 gold medalist Diamond Dixon. Two of Redwine’s KU teams have already been inducted to the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame; the 2001 and 2002 men’s teams after each finished eighth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Redwine was selected to be Team USA’s head coach for the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio and was an assistant on Team USA’s coaching staff for the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin.

In the past three seasons, Redwine’s male and female athletes have earned a combined 51 indoor and outdoor individual conference titles and 62 indoor and outdoor First Team All-America honors.

Redwine’s Jayhawks are currently the No. 1 team in the nation and now turn their attention to winning the program’s first NCAA title. KU will take part in two meets this weekend before beginning the rounds of the NCAA Championships at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas May 23-25. Log on to KUAthletics.com and follow on twitter at KUTrack for updates throughout the last month of the season.

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