Jayhawks Finish NCAA Championships with Six All-Americans

June 9, 2007


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“I though it was good a meet for us,” Redwine said. “I am happy that we finished in the top 20. That was our goal at the beginning of the season. We finished in the top 20 nationally in cross country, indoor and outdoor and that is really a testament to our student-athletes and our coaching staff.”

Junior Crystal Manning finished ninth in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 42-08.25 (13.01m).

Manning enjoyed a highly successful 2007 season. The 2007 Big 12 Outdoor triple jump champion, she shattered the school record in the event (44-11.75) and tied the school record in the indoor triple jump (43-02.25). Manning also recorded the seventh-longest indoor long jump in school history at the Big 12 Championships, where she finished fourth.

“I thought the women’s team did as good as we could have expected,” Redwine said. “At the NCAA Championships, you have to have good leadership from you upperclassmen and we saw that today. I am very proud of Abby Emsick for becoming an All-American in the discus. She really stepped it up this weekend.”

The men’s 18th place finish is its best at the NCAA Championships under head coach Stanley Redwine and their highest since 1989 (Tie for 13th). The women’s 35th-place finish is its best since 2005 (T-29th). The six All-Americans are the most for Kansas during Redwine’s tenure, tying the 2006 season. The men also matched last season’s total of four individual All-Americans.