👟 Jayhawks Win Eight Events at the Bob Timmons Challenge
LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas men’s and women’s track and field teams combined for eight event victories at the Bob Timmons Challenge at Anschutz Sports Pavillion on Friday, as the Jayhawks opened the 2019-20 indoor season on a high note.
“I am excited about where we are. I thought that we had some good efforts and some great performances,” Head Coach Stanley Redwine said following the meet. “It gives me the opportunity to look at what went well and what we need to improve on so we can perform at our best by the end of the season.”
Among the eight victories, senior Rachel Clowers was the first to win an event for the Jayhawks, as Clowers won the women’s weight throw with a toss of 16.37m (53-08.50 ft.) to set a new personal best. In addition to Clowers’ weight throw win, the Kansas women found event victories from freshman Victoria Gorlova (triple jump), sophomore Rylee Anderson (high jump), senior Mariah Kuykendoll (400 meters), freshman Addie Coppinger (800 meters) and the women’s 4×400 meter relay team of Anna Siemens, Erin Sermons, Jedah Caldwell and Honour Finley.
On the men’s side, the Jayhawks won two events, including in the 800 meters and the distance medley relay. In the 800 meters,Mitch Grosserode won the event in 2:00.54, before the Jayhawks closed out the meet with victory in the distance medley relay, where the squad of Chase Dornbusch, Matt Harding, Kyler True and Chace Hale edged out a victory in 10:25.71.
In addition to the eight event victories, Isaiah Cole become the No. 10 performer in KU indoor history in the men’s 200 meters, where Cole ran a 21.81 to finish second overall. Cole’s performance was just one of several standout performances for the Jayhawks in their season-opener.
Following Friday’s home meet, the Jayhawks will hit the road for their next competition, the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular in Wichita, Kansas on January 18, 2020. At last year’s KU-KSU-WSU Triangular, the Jayhawks won the meet behind 235 total points, winning their third meet in the series history.
The Jayhawks will return home to Anschutz Pavilion on January 23-24, 2020, when Kansas hosts the Jayhawk Classic. The meet will mark the second of two home meets during the indoor season, as the team prepares for the 2020 Big 12 Indoor Championships on February 28-29, 2020 and the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 13-14, 2020.