Five Jayhawks Compete on Day 2 of USA Senior and Junior Championships

June 24, 2011

EUGENE, Ore. –

Five more Jayhawks saw action Friday at the 2011 Senior and Junior USA Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The KU men and women are competing against the country’s elite athletes at both the senior and junior levels and are vying for spots on the USA national teams who will be competing in the Pan American and World Championships in late July and mid-August.

Freshman Diamond Dixon began her march toward gold in the junior women’s 400 meters. The El Paso, Texas native won her preliminary heat with a time of 53.42, nearly a second faster than the second-place finisher. Dixon ended up with the second-best time in the field and advanced automatically having won her heat. She will be running in the event final on Saturday at 8 p.m. If Dixon is one of the top-two finishers, she will get the honor of representing the U.S. in the Pan American Junior Games in late July.

Junior Rebeka Stowe also advanced to the finals in her event, finishing tenth overall in the senior 3,000-meter Steeplechase. Stowe ran the second-fastest time of her season, finishing fifth in her heat with a time of 10:00.78. Stowe earned a spot in the event final as a time qualifier and will be back on the track on Sunday for the 3:45 p.m. final.

For the second-consecutive day, Jessica Maroszek went up against some of the best junior throwers in the country. On Thursday, the freshman collected a third-place finish in the junior discus throw, heaving a throw of 47.99 meters (157-05 ft.). On Friday, Maroszek competed in the junior women’s shot put, also taking third.

Maroszek once again began her day strong, shooting up the leader board to second place after her first throw of 14.17 meters (46-06.00 ft.). The throw would push her into the finals and give her three more attempts to try and improve her position. In the final round, Maroszek bested her previous throw twice and notched her best mark of the night on her final attempt, hitting a distance of 14.49 meters (47-06.50 ft.). Maroszek would be overtaken on the final round of throws however, ending her day in third-place.

Andrea Guebelle, the defending junior national champion in the triple jump, made the trip to the USA Championships for the second-consecutive year. This year however, she competed in the senior division. The sophomore held her own against some of the best triple jumpers in the world, moving into the top-ten on just her second jump of night, a leap of 12.88 meters (42-03.75 ft.). Geubelle’s night would eventually end in 11th place but got valuable experience competing against some of the best triple jump competition in the world.

Also competing in the women’s triple jump was former Jayhawk, Crystal Manning. Manning, who jumped at Kansas from 2006-09, had a dominating night, finishing second with a jump of 13.94 meters (45-09 ft.), and more importantly, qualifying for the US National Team that will travel to Daegu, South Korea for the World Championships in August. Manning still holds the Kansas records in both the indoor and outdoor triple jumps.

The lone Kansas man competing on Friday for the Jayhawks was freshman Dalen Fink, who took part in the junior 800 meters prelims. Fink ran his fastest time of the year, crossing the finish line in 1:52.68 and finishing fourth in his heat. He was unable to move on to the finals, however, finishing ninth overall and just .2 seconds from earning a spot in Saturday’s final.

Two more days remain in the 2011 USA Championships and four more Jayhawks are set to compete. On Saturday, senior pole vaulter Jordan Scott will hit the vaulting pits for the first time in competition since the West Preliminary meet in late May. Scott’s day will begin at 2 p.m. (CST). Also in action for the Jayhawks will be Diamond Dixon in the junior women’s 400 meter final. The race is set to start at 8 p.m. (CST). For live updates and results log on to www.kuathletics.com and follow on twitter at KUGameday.

Kansas Agate

USA Championships

June 24, 2011

Eugene, Ore.

WOMEN’S RESULTS

Junior 400 Meters (Semifinals)

2. Diamond Dixon, 53.42 (Advances to Finals)

Senior 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Semifinals)

10. Rebeka Stowe, 10:00.78

Senior Triple Jump

11. Andrea Geubelle, 12.88m (42-03.25 ft.)

Junior Shot Put

3. Jessica Maroszek, 14.49m (47-06.50 ft.)

MEN’S RESULTS

Junior 800 Meters

9. Dalen Fink, 1:52.68