KU Track Heads to Midwest Regionals

May 26, 2005


The University of Kansas track and field teams will travel to Norman, Okla., and the Jacobs Track Complex this Friday and Saturday for the 2005 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships.

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28 Jayhawks have qualified for the meet and will try to contend for a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships that will take place in Sacramento June 8-11.

Leading the way for Kansas will be junior thrower Sheldon Battle. Battle is coming off an impressive Big 12 meet in which he was the leading scorer, claiming victories in both the hammer throw and the discus, while placing second in the shot put. He will compete in all three events this weekend.

On the women’s side, KU will try to continue dominance in the pole vault. Freshman Ekaterina Sultanova was the winner of the pole vault at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships with a best effort of 13-5 ¼. Her senior teammate Amy Linnen is the defending indoor NCAA Champion and has the 17th best effort in the U.S. this year (13-11 ¼).

The Midwest Region, draws qualifiers from schools within the states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming.

In individual events, the top five finishers at each of the four regional meets advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The top three relays also advance automatically.

After the regional qualifiers and the qualifiers from the men’s and women’s 10,000-meter run, the decathlon and heptathlon are put into the NCAA field, the NCAA Track and Field Committee issues at-large invitations to complete the field. A maximum of 544 men and 544 women are invited to the meet.

To qualify for the at-large pool, an athlete has to have competed in the event at the regional meet; and finished in the top eight at the regional. That list is then rank ordered by season best mark, including any marks recorded at the regional meet, and the field is completed. The events will be filled based on the strength of the field, meaning some events may have more entries than others with the 544 total athlete count in effect.

Regional action from Norman will begin on Friday at noon with the men’s discus and high jump.

KU’s Midwest Regional Competitors

Julius Jiles, 110-meter hurdles

Barrett Saunders, Long Jump

Benson Chesang, 5,000-meters

Eric Babb, Long Jump

Sheldon Battle, Shot Put, Discus, Hammer

Cody Roberts, Discus

Dan Ferguson, 3,000-meter steeplechase

Brett Terp, High Jump

Cameron Schwehr, 1,500-meters

Colby Wissel, 5,000-meters

Gavin Ball, Shot Put, Discus

Colin Dutton, Hammer Throw

Octavia Garrett, 200, 4×400-meter relay

Shatoya Hill, Triple Jump

Charisse Bacchus, Long Jump

Brooklyn Hann, Triple Jump, 4×400-meter relay

Abby Emsick, Discus

Denita Miller, Javelin

Amy Linnen, Pole Vault

Erin Wessely, Pole Vault

Kim Clark, 800-meters, 4×400-meter relay

Sondra Rauterkus, High Jump

Kara Euler, 4×400-meter relay

Crystal Manning, Triple Jump

Cortney Jacobs, 4×400-meter relay

Ekaterina Sultanova, Pole Vault

Jen Widerstrom, Hammer Throw