Gruber, Linnen, Russell Named to Big 12 Track and Field 10th Anniversary Team

May 10, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

The Big 12 Conference has announced its Track and Field 10th Anniversary Team, as selected by the league’s head coaches. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must have been a top finisher at the Indoor and/or Outdoor Big 12 Track and Field Championships. Kansas greats Charlie Gruber, Amy Linnen and Scott Russell were named to the team.

A 2004 Olympian for the United States, Gruber left Kansas as one of the top distance runners in the school’s history. He is currently at the top of the all-time performance list in the indoor 1,000-meter run, second in the indoor mile and fourth in both the outdoor 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run. In addition to being a five-time All-American, Gruber was a five-time Big 12 champion.

A World Championships participant for Team Canada, Russell holds the KU records in the weight throw and the javelin. As a Jayhawk, Russell was a nine-time Big 12 champion as well as six-time All-American. He was also the 2002 national champion in the weight throw and javelin.

Linnen, a pole vaulter, competed for one year as a member of the Kansas track and field team. She was a two-time All-American as a Jayhawk as well as the 2005 Big 12 Indoor champion. Until recently, Linnen was also the NCAA record holder in the outdoor pole vault.

The University of Kansas men’s and women’s track and field teams will be competing in the Big 12 Championships May 12-14 in Waco, Texas.