KU's Scott, Finley Take First Place in NACAC Track and Field Championships

July 9, 2010

MIRAMAR, Fla. – Kansas track and field had a strong showing Friday afternoon in the NACAC Under-23 Track and Field Championships with rising sophomore thrower Mason Finley and rising senior Jordan Scott taking first place finishes in the discus and the pole vault.

The event, which is taking place throughout weekend at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla., is made up of athletes from 32 member nations. Two athletes are chosen to represent their nation for each sport. Aside from Finley and Scott, KU’s distance runner Rebeka Stowe is also in the field representing the United States as well as head coach Stanley Redwine, who is heading the women’s coaching staff and working with the distance runners.

Finley was the athlete to beat right from the start in the discus, recording the two highest marks. He was on top after the first round of throws recording a mark of 58.55 meters. After a foul in the second round, the All-American put in two strong tosses before bettering his first. Finley’s final toss was measured at 59.59 meters (195-06.00 ft).

Scott, the 2010 NCAA pole vault champion, topped the field by clearing 5.56 meters (18-02.75 ft.). Scott had nearly two feet on the second-place finisher and was just inches shy from matching his personal best mark of 5.71 meters (18-07.50 ft.)

As the head women’s coach, Redwine got a win on the board as well as the U.S. women placed first in the 10,000 meter run. Western Washington’s Sarah Porter won with a time of 36:15.51.

Redwine’s U.S. women’s squad will be put to the test Saturday and Sunday in the distance events. Sunday, KU’s Rebeka Stowe will don the red, white and blue in the 3000-meter steeplechase.