Jayhawk Freshmen Stand Out at 2010 Bob Timmons Challenge

Dec. 4, 2010


The first meet of the indoor track and field season kicked off with quite a bang for the Kansas Jayhawks at the 2010 Bob Timmons Challenge at Anschutz Pavilion.

Three Jayhawk women and fourJayhawk men won in their individual events.

Sophomore Rebecca Neville won the women’s 60m hurdles with a time of 8.93 seconds.

“It was a nice start to the season,” Neville stated after her race. “It was a lot better than last year’s time, but I know I can run a lot faster than that. I’d like to run an 8.3 and make it to the NCAA Championships in the open hurdles.”

One of the stars of the Jayhawk squad, sophomore Mason Finley, competed in the weight throw, finishing third overall with a respectable throw of 17.16m.

The newcomers also had a very strong showing for the Jayhawks; freshman Dalen Fink won the men’s 800m with a time of 1:56.49.

One of the best events for the Crimson and Blue was on the women’s side, freshman Demi Payne won the pole vault with a vault of 3.90m. In fact, the top four finishers in the women’s pole vault were from Kansas. Senior Jaci Perryman, with a height of 3.80m finished second, junior Julia Cummings and senior Abby Jones rounded out the top four, finishing third and fourth, respectively.

“I thought Demi Payne did a great job for her first indoor meet as a college athlete,” said Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine. “Our pole vault squad did very well overall.”

Senior Keron Toussaint continued the success for the Jayhawks as he came out on top in the men’s 600 yard run with a time of 1:13.03.

“(The Bob Timmons Challenge) is always a good way to start off the season,” said Toussaint. “I didn’t run as well as I wanted, but it’s a good start to the season. (Head Coach Stanley) Redwine helped me a lot before the season, so that I would be prepared when the season came. I think with his help, it was a good first race of the season.”

To cap off the day, the Jayhawks took home the women’s 4×400 relay, with the first leg of sophomore Denesha Morris, followed by junior Shayla Wilson, freshman Diamond Dixon, and it was anchored by sophomore Taylor Washington. Redwine only had positive things to say about his women’s relay team.

“They did a very good job,” said Redwine. “We didn’t know quite what to expect, with a lot of them being first-time runners. Diamond Dixon did a great job for her first time running.”

Overall Redwine was very pleased with his team’s start to a new season.

“I thought it was a very good meet,” said Redwine. “We had a lot of really good performances out there. We had a lot of freshman winning, so obviously we’re really excited about that. Overall, everyone did a really great job.”

Kansas will be back in action on January 8, 2011 in the Bill Easton Classic at Anschutz Pavillion.

Kansas Team Agate

Women’s 3000m

2.Riley Wertenberger 10:40.47

6. Mackenzie Abernathy 10:51.38

Women’s 60m Hurdles

1. Rebecca Neville 8.93

4. Catheryne Lupton 9.49

13. Amanda Caines 11.09

Women’s 60m Dash

1. Danesha Morris 7.58

2. Francine Simpson 7.63

3. Andrea Guebelle 7.79

Men’s 60m Dash

4. Kyle Clemons 7.00

19. Alex Hernes 7.34

22. Bruce Tyner 7.38

Women’s 600 yard Run

2. Shayla Wilson 1:24.70

6. Tara Grosserode 1:28.58

Men’s 600 yard run

1. Keron Toussaint 1:13.03

5. Derrick Perry 1:14.03

Women’s Mile

5. Riley Wertenberger 5:32.68

6. Mackenzie Abernathy 5:32.86

Men’s Mile

1. Sean Proehl 4:22:12

Men’s 800m Run

1. Dalen Fink 1:56.49

4. Nick Seckfort 1:57.02

8. George Browne 2:02.41

Men’s 1000m Run

1. Sean Proehl 2:35.20

8. Patrick Helmick 2:40.97

Women’s 200m Dash

2. Francine Simpson 25.14

3. Andrea Guebelle 25.48

Men’s 200m Dash

12. Alex Hernes 23.30

18. Bruce Tyner 23.69

Women’s 4x400m Relay

1. Denesha Morris, Shayla Wilson, Diamond Dixon, Taylor Washington 3:44.75

Men’s 4x400m Relay

2. Isaac Bradshaw, George Browne, Clint Bush, Kyle Clemons 3:21.56

8. Dalen Fink, Patrick Helmick, Dominque Manley, Keron Toussaint 3:28.94

Men’s 35 pound Weight Throw

3. Mason Finley 17.16m

Women’s 20 pound Weight Throw

8. Elise Umbarger 13.04m

Women’s Pole Vault

1. Demi Payne 3.90m

2. Jaci Perryman 3.80m

3. Julia Cummings 3.70m

4. Abby Jones 3.50m

Women’s Shot Put

6. Heather Bergmann 12.16m

Men’s High Jump

1. Nick Canton 2.00

3. Nick Giancana j2.00

Women’s Long Jump

1. Andrea Guebelle 5.71m

2. Francine Simpson 5.70m

Men’s Shot Put

4. Joel Krause 15.63m

8. Iain Trimble 12.30

Women’s High Jump

5. Rebecca Neville 1.60m

8. Amanda Caines 1.50m

Men’s Pole Vault

2. Cooper Merrill 4.90m

3. Corey Shank j4.90m

4. Alex Bishop 4.50m

Men’s Long Jump

2. Jareb Stallbaumer 6.67m

3. Darryl Trotter 6.64m