Bishop, Bonds, Krechyk And Both 4x400-Meter Relay Teams Advance To Eugene At 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships--West Preliminary

May 29, 2010

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AUSTIN, Texas –

Kansas track and field saw three more individuals and two relay teams advance to the NCAA Championships as senior thrower Brian Bishop, senior middle-distance runner Lauren Bonds and freshman thrower Alena Krechyk and both the men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relay teams finished in the top 12 of their respective events here Saturday at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships–West Preliminary held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.

In addition, freshman thrower Mason Finley and freshman jumper Andrea Geubelle advanced in their second event of the meet.

Finley and Bishop got the day started off on a high note for KU as the duo finished second and fourth, respectively, in the discus throw. Although they took different paths, both managed to qualify for a trip to Eugene.

Finley struggled in the prelims, advancing to the finals with the 11th best throw as he fouled on two of his three tosses in the preliminaries. He collected a mark of 53.80 meters (176-06 ft.) on his second throw.

“It is nice to make it to Eugene in two events, said Finley, who also finished second in the West Preliminary in the shot put. “I didn’t really compete very well today, but I am happy to be advancing. My prelims were not great, but it was enough to get me into finals.”

Finley quickly moved into first place once finals began, hurling the discus 58.09 meters (190-07 ft.) with his first throw in the round. He then improved his leading mark to 58.28 meters (191-02 ft.) with his fifth throw before fouling on his final attempt. Finley finished in second place as Texas Tech’s Julian Wruck won the competition on the final throw of the meet with his mark of 58.70 meters (192-07 ft.).

“I should have done what I did in finals in the prelims,” said Finley. “Now I am just ready to move forward and focus on nationals.”

Bishop’s road was different in that he started off strong, turning in the fifth-best throw in the preliminary rounds with his mark of 55.58 meters (182-04 ft.). Then after the meet was delayed an hour by lightening, Bishop came back with two farther throws in the finals. He set a new personal best with his final throw of the meet, hitting a distance of 57.82 meters (189-08 ft.).

“It is a great feeling to be going to Eugene,” said Bishop, who is advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in his KU career. “We had a lot of delays here today with the weather and waiting for our flight to begin, so overall I am pleased with the turnout. I was kind of up and down today, but it’s a great feeling to be going to Oregon with a great mark on my final throw.”

Geubelle joined Finley as a two-time qualifier with her third place finish in the triple jump. After qualifying in the long jump Friday evening, Geubelle found herself in a struggle Saturday afternoon. She recorded a mark of 12.82 meters (42-00.75 ft.) in the preliminaries, advancing to the finals in 14th place.

Geubelle continued to struggle on her first to jumps in the finals, before unleashing a leap of 13.11 meters (43-00.25 ft.) on her final attempt to secure a spot in Eugene. Her final jump moved her up 11 spots into third place.

Bonds set a new KU record in the 1,500 meters with her first-place time of 4:15.98, which was also a new personal best for the Hutchinson, Kan., native. Bonds set the pace early, leading her heat for nearly most of the first lap before giving way for most of the rest of the race.

As she made her way around the track on the bell lap, Bonds quickly went from fifth place up into third place and then with about 300 meters to go, she forged herself into the lead. A strong kick down the final straight away was instrumental in Bonds putting her name atop the Kansas all-time chart.

“With about 400 to go I felt pretty good so I tried to run hard,” said Bonds, who also won the Big 12 Conference title in the 1,500 meters. “My mindset was definitely survive and advance entering the race. I knew there were a lot of great runners in my heat, so I just tried to finish as well as I could. It feels great to have finished so well.”

Krechyk took over the top spot in the hammer throw with her first toss in the competition and held the lead until the final throw in the finals. She recorded her best mark of the day at 62.93 meters (206-05 ft.) with her first preliminary throw and held the lead until Jeneva McCall of Southern Illinois edged her out with her final throw of the day.

“It is disappointing to lose hold of first place,” said Krechyk. “I always want to win every meet, but I am really happy to be going on to the national meet.”

Both the Kansas men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relay teams saved their best for last as the two groups each easily set a season’s best mark with their run Saturday evening.

On the men’s side, senior Reggie Carter had a strong run on the lead-off leg to set KU up for a good race. Freshman Kyle Clemons, who already qualified for Eugene in the open 400 meters, ran an extremely fast second leg bringing KU up into a fight for second place. Clemons handed off to sophomore Keith Hayes who then passed the baton to junior Keron Toussaint who battled off a Texas runner to give KU a third-place finish in its heat and an eighth place time overall as it clocked in at 3:05.98.

The KU women’s 4×400-meter relay team got off to a fantastic start thanks to a great lead-off leg by junior Kendra Bradley. Bradley had the Jayhawks in a tight battle for the lead and handed off to freshman Taylor Washington who came full circle with KU owning the second place slot. Freshman Taissa Washington manned the third leg and handed off to fellow freshman Denesha Morris with KU in fourth place a spot Morris would not relinquish. The Jayhawk relay team crossed the finish line in fourth place in its heat with a time of 3:37.04 which ranked 11th place overall in the race.

A total of 18 Kansas athletes will compete in Eugene in a total of 12 events. In addition to Saturday’s qualifiers, Jordan Scott (pole vault), Kyle Clemons (400 meters) and Eric Fattig (long jump) will compete for the KU men, while Rebeka Stowe (3,000-meter Steeplechase) will compete for the Jayhawk women.

Day 3 Agate — Saturday, May 29, 2010

Division I Outdoor Track & Field ChampionshipsWest Preliminary Round
Mike A. Myers Track And Soccer Stadium – Austin, Texas May 27-29, 2010


Men’s Discus Throw

2. Mason Finley, 58.28m (191-02 ft.)

4. Brian Bishop, 57.82m (189-08 ft.)

Women’s Triple Jump

3. Andrea Geubelle, 13.11m (43-00.25 ft.)

Women’s Hammer Throw

2. Alena Krechyk, 62.93m (206-06 ft.)

Men’s Triple Jump

33. Corey Fuller, 14.93m (48-11.75 ft.)

Darryl Trotter, No Mark

Women’s 1500m Run

1. Lauren Bonds, 4:15.98

Men’s 110m Hurdles

22. Lawson Montgomery, 14.30

Women’s 5,000m Run

37. Amanda Miller, 17:42.44

Women’s 4x400m Relay

11. Kansas (Kendra Bradley, Taylor Washington, Taissa Makhmayeva, Denesha Morris), 3:37.04

Men’s 4x400m Relay

8. Kansas (Reggie Carter, Kyle Clemons, Keith Hayes, Keron Toussaint), 3:05.93