KU Track Starts Season in Impressive Fashion

Dec. 11, 2004


MANHATTAN, Kan. – The University of Kansas track and field teams competed in its first meet of the season, Saturday, Dec. 11, as they traveled to Manhattan to participate in the K-State All-Comers meet. The Jayhawks competed at the event with Bethany College, Emporia State, Haskell University, Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and UMKC. The meet was not team scored.

Kansas scored six first place finishes in the opening indoor meet of the 2004-05 season.

Sophomore Mark Gdowski won the 600-yard run in a time of 1:13.87, while fellow sophomore Mike Rost took first place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:00.10, edging out teammate Keith Schmerer, who finished second in a time of 2:00.46.

Kansas’s junior transfer Sheldon Battle threw unattached to win the shot put with a best toss of 58-6.

Other notable finishes for the Jayhawks included freshman Matt Baysinger’s second place finish in the 600 yard (1:14.18), sophomore Brandon Hodges second place finish in the 1000 meters (2:29.75) and freshman Micah Brown’s third placed finish in the triple jump (44-08.00).

On the women’s side KU scored four first place finishes. The Jayhawks took the top three spots in the 60-meter hurdles with sophomore Brooklyn Hann taking the top spot in a time of 8.60. Junior Charisse Bacchus finished second (8.78) with freshman Ashley Brown rounding out the top three with a time of 8.90.

The Jayhawks recorded two first place finishes in the vertical jump events. Sophomore Joanie Nelson edged teammate Sondra Rauterkus in the high jump. Nelson had a best jump of 5-7 for the win. Freshman Ekaterina Sultanova was victorious in her first collegiate meet, with a NCAA provisional qualifying effort in the pole vault (13-3). The Kansas women also recorded a victory in the 4×400 meter relay.

Other top finishes for the Jayhawks included Hann, who scored second place in the triple jump (41-1) and Bacchus, who placed second in the long jump (19-5 ½), while sophomore Abby Emsick placed third in the shot put (47-7).

“I think we are in a lot better shape at this point in the season than we were at this time last year,” Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine said.

“I wanted to see how we competed in other circumstances than training, and I think we did very well and that is what we are looking for right now. It was exciting to see the 1-2-3 finish in the hurdles and Gdowski and Rost competed very well on the men’s side,” Redwine added.

Kansas will have a full month off before returning to the track. The Jayhawks will next be in action January 14 when they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas to compete in the Arkansas Invitational.