RCW: Faces in the Crowd 3.20

Each week in Rock Chalk Weekly, the top Kansas Jayhawk performances are recognized as Faces in the Crowd. Get to know last week’s stars, including information on their latest accomplishments and a link to their full bio.
 

HANNAH RICHARDSON
W. Track & Field | Senior | Kirkwood, Missouri
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Seeing her first competitive track event in over 19 months, Richardson rewrote the school record books in the 3,000 meters and ran one of the fastest times in the NCAA this season Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Kentucky. Richardson had not competed in a 3,000-meter event in nearly two years but showed no signs of rust, hanging with the lead pack for the majority of the race. UCF senior Anne-Marie Blaney managed to outkick Richardson on the homestretch, however the Jayhawk was able to hold on for the runner-up finish and secure the fastest 3,000-meter time ever posted by a Kansas female with a time of 9:20.22. Richardson’s performance ranks as the sixth-fastest in the NCAA Division I ranks so far this season and is No. 1 among Big 12 runners.

ANASTASIA RYCHAGOVA
Tennis | Sophomore | Moscow, Russia
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Ranked as the No. 65 singles player in the nation and No. 5 in the ITA Central Region, Rychagova proved to be worthy of that type of attention as she made quick work of Saint Louis Friday night at the newly opened Jayhawk Tennis Center. As the Jayhawks rolled to a 6-1 season-opening win, Rychagova only dropped one set collectively on the night. Teaming with sophomore Janet Koch, the KU duo cruised to a 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles. Then, playing No. 1 singles, Rychagova rattled off wins in 12-straight sets for the quick 6-0, 6-0 victory. With the wins, the 2016 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year improved to 14-4 in singles play and 11-4 in doubles action this season.
  

BARDEN ADAMS
M. Track & Field | Junior | West Orange, New Jersey
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It had been 27 years since a Jayhawk broke the 16-meter barrier in the indoor triple jump but Adams ended that streak Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Kentucky as he continued his torrid start to the 2017 campaign. On his fourth trip down the runway, he hit a mark of 16.00 meters (52-6), a leap that moved him from third to first on the leaderboard. As a result, Adams claimed his fourth triple jump title in as many outings this season and moved to No. 5 in the national standings. The performance also moved Adams up the school’s all-time indoor list, with only three Jayhawks having posted a better mark in the event. 

 

JAKE ALBRIGHT
Men’s Track & Field | Senior | Bucyrus, Kansas

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For the second-straight week, Albright not only ended his day on the winner’s podium, but also posted a career best that moved him up the school’s all-time chart in the pole vault. The senior surpassed the 18-foot milestone for the second time in seven days as well en route to moving into the national lead. Albright needed seven tries to get over his first four bars of the competition before needing all three attempts to push past a new career best of 5.54 meters (18-2). The vault not only moved him to No. 1 on the latest national pole vault rankings, but also inserted his name to fourth among the rich history of Kansas pole vaulters.