Jayhawk Women Remain at No. 2 Heading into NCAA Championships
May 29, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – With the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships looming, the University of Kansas women’s track team finds itself as the No. 2 team in the country it was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Tuesday. The KU women sit as the second-ranked team in the nation for the third-straight week, while the men remained at No. 20. The NCAA Championships will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on the campus of Drake University June 6-9.
The KU women’s No. 2 ranking is the highest for any KU squad – men’s or women’s – since the rankings system began in 2007. The Jayhawks will see 11 athletes competing in 11 events for the women next week in Des Moines. Junior Andrea Geubelle enters the meet with the nation’s leading mark in the triple jump, while sophomore Diamond Dixon will run in Des Moines as the nation’s second-ranked athlete in the 400-meters. The women’s team amassed 276.72 points in this week’s computer generated rankings, which is just over 70 points shy of nation-leading LSU’s 349.89 points.
On the men’s side, the Jayhawks see themselves in the top-20 for the third time this year and for the third consecutive week. The men will feature six athletes competing in six events at the National Championships with junior Mason Finley headlining the group as he will throw for national titles in the shot put and discus throws. Freshman and Big 12 Champion Michael Stigler has had outstanding performances over the past two weeks and he will be a favorite to claim First Team All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles in Des Moines as he has the fourth-fastest time in the nation this year.
The Jayhawks have this week off before they begin competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 6-9. Stay updated on all the KU track news and notes until then through Twitter at KU_Track and via kuathletics.com.