Finley, Hayes Highlight Bob Timmons Challenge
Dec. 5, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
In the first meet of the 2009-10 track and field season, Kansas saw two athletes qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, while seven other individuals and two KU relay teams found themselves in the winners circle on Saturday in Anschutz Pavilion.
“Everyone did a really great job today,” said Kansas Head Coach Stanley Redwine. “The athletes were looking to go out and compete hard and we wanted to see where everyone was with their Fall training. We were pleased with the meet. Everyone on the team did a great job of competing.”
Freshman Mason Finley won his event and hit a provisional qualifying mark in the shot put, throwing 19.10 meters (62-08.00 ft.), which was just shy of the automatic qualifying mark of 19.30 meters. Finley, who was recently named Track and Field News High School Male Athlete of the Year, came to Kansas as the national high school record-holder in the discus and the 2009 Pan American Juniors Champion and 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals Champion in the shot put and discus.
Sophomore Keith Hayes also hit an NCAA-provisional qualifying mark, as he ran the 60-meter hurdles in a first-place time of 7.91. Hayes, a native of Wichita, Kan., finished fifth in the event at the Big 12 Indoor Championships last season and is the top returning hurdler for KU.
The men’s team also had success in the middle distance events, as sophomore Kaman Schneider won the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:39.10 and senior Isaiah Shirlen took first in the mile with a time of 4:42.40.
The men’s 4×400 meter relay team was victorious, as Isaac Bradshaw, Reggie Carter, Kyle Clemons and Chandler Frigon combined for a winning-time of 3:14.85. The KU quartet held off the second-place team from Oklahoma Baptist in the final meters of the race, as the Bison crossed the finish line less than a second after at 3:15.64.
Two-time All-American pole vaulter Jordan Scott was competing unattached on Saturday, but did manage to win his event after clearing 5.20 meters (17-00.75 ft.). Senior Ryan Hays and freshman Corey Shank also competed in the pole vault, leaping 4.75 meters (15-07.00 ft.) and 4.60 meters (15-.1.00 ft.), respectively.
On the women’s side, sophomore Shayla Wilson won the 600 yards with a time of 1:25.16, while freshman Tara Grosserode finished right behind Wilson in second with a time of 1:28.66.
Also highlighting the track events was the women’s 4×400 meter relay, who won the event in dramatic fashion, beating the second-place team from Lincoln (Mo.) by just five hundredths of a second. Anna Barber, Kendra Bradley, Sasha Cunningham and Grosserode combined for the winning-time of 3:49.49.
Senior captain Kelsey Erb finished first in the high jump after clearing 1.65 meters (5-05 ft.). She was followed by senior Elizabeth Beisner, who jumped 1.60 meters (5-03.00 ft.). Junior transfer Jaci Perryman won the pole vault with a leap of 3.55 meters (11-07.75 ft.), while junior Abby Jones and redshirt sophomore Julia Cummings tied for second with a vault of 3.40 meters (11-01.75 ft.).
The final KU athlete to win an event was freshman Andrea Geubelle, who posted a mark of 5.86 meters (19-2.75 ft.) in the long jump. Geubelle, a native of University Place, Wash., was the 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals Champion in the long jump and triple jump, as well as three-time Washington state champion in both events. She was also recently selected as a high school All-American athlete by Track and Field News.
Kansas will be back in action on January 8, when they host the Bill Easton Classic at Anschutz Pavilion.