Jayhawks in Third Place After Day Two of Big 12 Championships

May 14, 2005

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Saturday’s events at the 2005 Big 12 Outdoor Championships featured only five finals. The Jayhawks men’s and women’s team’s both sit in third place after the day’s events.

The Jayhawks recorded two second-place finishes on the day, both ending with intense battles. Junior Sheldon Battle took second place in the shot put. Just one day after Battle won the hammer on the day’s last throw, he took the lead on his last attempt with a mark of 63-10.50. However, Brian Robison of Texas stepped up right after battle to win the event with a toss of 64-07.75. Battle came into the competition ranked first in the Big 12 (64-8.25).

The Jayhawks other runner-up came from senior Sondra Rauterkus in the high jump. Rauterkus tied Anne Magle of Colorado with a best jump of 5-08.75. Rauterkus came up just short in the jump-off to take second-place.

The Jayhawks recorded six points in the women’s long jump. Junior Charisse Bacchus placed fourth in the event, with the third-best effort in school history of 21-00.50. Her previous best jump of 20-08.50 was set at the 2004 Big 12 Outdoor Championships. Sophomore Shatoya Hill finished eighth in the long jump with a personal best jump of 19-06.75.

KU also picked up three points in the men’s long jump with a sixth place, 24-05.50 finish in the event. That is the best effort by a Jayhawk this season.

KU advanced many athletes to the finals with good performances in preliminary events on Saturday.

Senior Jeremy Mims dominated the preliminaries with a 1:50.48 effort in the 800-meter run. The first place preliminary finish in the event makes him the top gun in tomorrow’s final at 5:00 p.m.

Junior Cameron Schwerh finished fourth in the preliminaries of the 1,500 with a season-best time of 3:48.03 in the event. With the run he qualifies for the finals which will take place at 3:45 on Sunday.

Senior Brooklyn Hann will also move on to the finals. Hann placed eighth in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.71. The 100-meter hurdle finals will take place at 4:10 on Sunday.

Freshman Ashley Brown just missed the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with a ninth place, 13.82 effort. It was the top time of the season for Brown.

Senior Kim Clark will move on to Sunday’s final in the 800-meter run. Clark placed eighth in the preliminaries with a time of 2:10.01.

Freshman Julius Jiles placed sixth in the preliminaries of the 110-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 13.91. With that finish he qualifies for Sunday’s 4:10 final in the event. Jiles then went on to finish second in the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time. The freshman will look to compete for a Big 12 championship in the event Sunday at 5:15 p.m.

Sophomore Janiece Gatson will also advance in the 400-meter hurdles. Gatson eclipsed her best time of the season with a mark of 1:01.26. She will try to improve on that time in the 400-meter hurdles final at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday.

The final day of action from the R.V. Christian Track Complex will begin at 1 p.m. wit hthe finals of the women’s triple jump and will conclude around 6:45 with the men’s and women’s 1,600-meter relays.

Standings After Day TwoSaturday’s events at the 2005 Big 12 Outdoor Championships featured only five finals. The Jayhawks men’s and women’s team’s both sit in third place after the day’s events.Men1. Nebraska 492. Kansas State 363. Kansas 314. Texas A&M 30.505. Texas 306. Missouri 287. Iowa State 248. Texas Tech 19.509. Oklahoma 1310. Colorado 12

Women1. Nebraska 45.672. Texas A&M 323. Kansas 294. Texas Tech 275. Kansas State 266. Colorado 256. Oklahoma State 258. Texas Tech 19.508. Baylor 2010. Missouri 1110. Iowa State 1112. Oklahoma 1.33