Former KU Thrower Set To Compete In IAAF World Track And Field Championships

Aug. 5, 2005

Lawrence, Kan. –

Former NCAA Champion and University of Kansas alumnus Scott Russell will compete in the javelin in the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland. The preliminaries are scheduled to start August 9th with the finals a day later on the 10th. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Scott is currently the 6th longest thrower in the world for 2005.

During his career at Kansas, Russell broke 3 Kansas records and an NCAA record. In 2002 he was the NCAA Champion in the weight throw and the javelin. During that year he demolished the NCAA record in the weight throw with a heave of 81-1 1/4. Also in 2002, he set the hammer throw record at Kansas of 218-5. He set the school in the javelin (267-11) at the 2001 World Championships. Scott holds the Canadian record in the javelin and was the winner of the 2004 Canadian Olympic Trials. Russell has 9 BIG XII Conference titles. He won the javelin in 1998, 2000 and 2002; the hammer throw in 1999, 2000, and 2002; and the weight throw in 1999, 2001, and 2002.