Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Planned for K Club and Homecoming Weekend
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The 2008 women’s indoor track & field team, the 2010 men’s outdoor track & field team and Jayhawk great Jordan Scott will be inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame during K Club and Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 30-31, 2015.
Scott and the two track & field teams will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame and their pictures will be unveiled in a ceremony at the Booth Family Hall of Athletics on Friday, Oct. 30. The ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 11 a.m. The following day, the group will be recognized on the field during Kansas’ homecoming football game against Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m.
“It’s a great honor for these two teams and Jordan to be honored among the greats in Kansas Athletics history,” said KU track & field head coach Stanley Redwine. “They added to the great legacy and tradition of the KU track & field program and deserve to be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.”
Under Redwine, the 2008 Kansas women’s track and field team set a then-record team finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. It earned 18 points to place 10th overall, beating KU’s previous high team placement of 15th at the 1996 NCAA Championships. Led by junior Nickesha Anderson (second, 200-meter dash and sixth, 60-meter dash), the rest of the scoring for the women came from junior Stephanie Horton (eighth, shot put) and senior Kate Sultanova (third, pole vault).
The 2010 Kansas men’s track and field team earned a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Led by Jordan Scott, a junior on the team, who won the pole vault championship, and freshman Mason Finley, who took second place in the shot put and the discus, the Jayhawks collected 26 points. The team’s finish was the highest team finish at the NCAA meet since it placed fifth in 1975. It was also the first time the men finished in the top-10 since they placed eighth overall at the 1980 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
While competing for the Jayhawks, Scott dominated the Big 12 pole vault scene, winning seven of eight possible Big 12 indoor and outdoor titles. He became the first Jayhawk outdoor national champion in any event since 2003 and the first outdoor pole vault winner since 1970 when he won the 2010 Outdoor NCAA Championship. After winning the Big 12 indoor and outdoor pole vault titles as a freshman, he earned dual recognition as the Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor Outstanding Freshman of the Year.
A two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member, Scott received recognition for his achievements both on and off the runway. He ranks third on the all-time KU indoor pole vault list with his 18-2 1/2″ vault at the 2009 Big 12 Indoor Championships and second on the all-time KU outdoor list with his 18-8 ¾” jump at the 2010 Texas Relays. Vaulting as a professional in 2013, Jordan took the USA Indoor Championship at a height of 18-4 ½”.
The Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame was established to formally recognize outstanding individual and team achievements, and to preserve the heritage and tradition of the university’s intercollegiate athletics program. The Hall of Fame display is located in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, on the east side of historic Allen Fieldhouse.
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