RCW: Inside Track & Field 3.26
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Stanley Redwine was named the Midwest Region’s Head Men’s Coach of the Year Monday after his squad saw seven entries into the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held this weekend in College Station, Texas. The six individuals and one relay squad mark the most to qualify from the KU men’s squad in Redwine’s 17-year tenure in Lawrence.
Notes QUICK HITS
- The Jayhawks will journey to the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend to take part in what is considered one of the most competitive track & field meets in the world every year. The meet, scheduled for March 10-11, will be held in Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium and will feature the top-16 NCAA DI athletes and relay squads in 17 track and field events.
- The Jayhawk men will see three pole vaulters compete for a national title this weekend. This marks just the seventh time in the 52-year history of the NCAA Indoor meet that more than two pole vaulters from a single school qualified.
- Freshman Gleb Dudarev enters the meet as the nation’s No. 2-ranked weight thrower. He will look to notch the Jayhawks’ fourth NCAA weight throw title since 2002 when he hits the ring on Saturday afternoon.
- Senior Sydney Conley hopes to garner First Team All-America accolades in the long jump for the fourth time in her KU career. Conley qualified for the NCAA meet having competed in just two meets so far in 2017.
- The Kansas women send a distance medley relay squad to Nationals for just the second time. Riley Cooney, Nicole Montgomery, Whitney Adams and Hannah Richardson earned a bid to College Station by way of their school-record run on Feb. 18. The quartet will vie to claim First Team All-America status for the first time in each of their collegiate careers.
- Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine, along with associate head coach Tom Hays, took home Midwest Regional awards for the indoor track season it was announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Redwine was named the region’s men’s head coach of the year, while Hays claimed the Midwest’s men’s assistant coach of the year award.
- Redwine, now in his 17th year at the helm of the Jayhawks, earned the honor for the third time overall, but his first time being honored for the men’s team. He was named the Midwest’s Head Coach of the Year for the Kansas women’s team following both the 2012 and 2013 outdoor seasons.
- Hays, now in his 13th season since returning as an assistant coach, garnered the Regional honor for the first time since the current Regional Award format began in 2006.
- Following the conclusion of the indoor season, the Jayhawks will quickly shift focus to the outdoor campaign. KU will head outside for the first time when it journeys down I-35 to Emporia, Kansas for the Emporia State Relays on March 18.