Jayhawks Perform Well As USA Championships Come To A Close

June 26, 2005

LOS ANGELES – Several Jayhawks fared well as the 2005 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships wrapped up competition Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif., at the Home Depot Center.

KU got a great performance on the throws field from junior Sheldon Battle who finished fourth overall in the shot put with a distance of 68-08.50. Battle, who was the highest finishing collegian, placed behind top throwers Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson and John Godina. Cantwell tossed a 71-00.00 to win the event.

Jayhawk pole vaulter Amy Linnen tied for ninth in the pole vault with two other competitors at a height of 13-05.25. Stacy Dragila took first in the event with a mark of 14-07.25.

Jeremy Mims competed in the finals of the men’s 800 meter run. In a close race, Mims took fifth place crossing the finish line in a time of 1:47.43. Khadevis Robinson won the race in a clip of 1:45.27.

Freshman Crystal Manning took sixth place in the women’s junior triple jump with a leap of 40-04.00. Her fifth and final jump was five and a half inches behind the fifth place finisher. Cassandra Strickland of Cal-Berkeley won the event with a mark of 42-01.50.

In the senior women’s triple jump, Brooklyn Hann of KU took 12th place with a best jump of 42-09-75 coming on her third attempt. Erica McLain of Stanford took the crown with a leap of 45-11.75.

In a highly competitive field in the men’s Nike 1500 meter run, former KU standout Charlie Gruber took fifth place in a time of 3:42.89. Alan Webb of Nike edged led a group of five runners who crossed the line within one second. Webb won in a time of 3:41.97.

Complete results from the USA Track & Field Championships can be found at www.usatf.org.