RCW: Inside Track and Field 3.20

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Senior Strymar Livingston became just the third Jayhawk to record a sub-1:48 in the 800 meters on an indoor track, recording a time of 1:47.95 in a runner-up finish at the Rod McCravy Memorial Saturday. The time ranks Livingston fifth on the NCAA’s latest 800-meter rankings.


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  • Last weekend the Kansas track & field produced a school record, eight NCAA top-10 performances and a collection of some of the top marks in program history as the Jayhawks competed at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Seeing her first competitive track event in over 19 months, senior Hannah Richardson rewrote the school record book in the 3,000 meters with her time of 9:20.22, a 30-second personal best. Her time narrowly upended Natalie Becker’s former record of 9:20.84, posted at the 2014 Big 12 Indoor Championship.
  • Richardson’s performance ranks ninth-fastest in NCAA DI so far this season and is No. 1 among Big 12 runners.
  • Pole vaulter Jake Albright picked up the third event victory of his senior campaign with the help of a career-best clearance. He surpassed the 18-foot milestone for the second time in seven days when he got over 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.  
  • Junior Barden Adams continued his torrid start to his 2017 campaign as he picked up his fourth triple jump win in as many tries this season. Adams got out to a mark of 16.00 meters (52-6) to earn the win and move himself to No. 6 in the national standings. The performance was the best by a Jayhawk on an indoor track in 27 years.
  • In his first 800-meter outing of the season, Strymar Livingston made a statement en route to a career best in the event. Livingston crossed the finish in 1:47.95 to claim second in the race that produced five of the eight fastest 800-meter marks of 2017. Livingston’s run ranks fifth in the nation and third on Kansas’ all-time 800-meter list with only Jeremy Mims and Jim Ryun ahead of him.
  • The Jayhawks saw another stellar outing from its women’s pole vault crew with three posting season-best performances that gave them spots inside the top-20 of the NCAA rankings. Junior Laura Taylor, sophomore Alexis Romero and freshman Andrea Willis all made it over the bar that measured 4.10 meters (13-5¼) with Taylor claiming a fourth-place finish and Romero and Willis tying for fifth.
  • The women’s distance medley relay team of Riley Cooney, Megan Linder, Hannah Dimmick and Malika Baker completed the 4,000-meter race in 11:26.93, finishing third behind Big 12 foes Baylor and Texas. The quartet’s time moved the Jayhawks to third in the NCAA this season and was the eighth-best time ever produced by the Kansas women.
  • The KU men’s 4×400-meter relay team closed the meet out on a high note with one of the best times in the history of the program. The squad of Ivan Henry, Isaiah Cole, Livingston and Jaron Hartley passed the baton around in 3:09.29, good for a fifth-place finish. The quartet’s mile relay marked the third-fastest ever on an indoor track and sits the Jayhawks eighth in the NCAA this season.
  • Kansas will return to Lawrence for its final home meet of the indoor season when KU plays host of the Jayhawk Classic Thursday-Friday, Jan. 26-27. The event is slated to begin with the first four events of the men’s heptathlon on Jan. 26 with the remaining events set for Jan. 27 in Anschutz Pavilion.

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