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Kansas track and field kicked off 2018 with the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular in Manhattan on Saturday, January 13. Although the Jayhawks weren’t able to win the meet for the third-consecutive year and finished second to Kansas State, three KU athletes set meet records to highlight the day’s action.
Junior Nicole Montgomery, who held the NCAA’s best time in the 600-yard run entering Saturday’s action with her time from the Bob Timmons Challenge in December, won the race for the third time in as many years at the Sunflower Triangular. Montgomery not only bettered her nation-leading time, clocking in at 1:20.62, she broke her old meet record set in 2016 by .24 seconds.
Freshman Honour Finley tied the meet record in the 400-meter dash in her first time competing in the event as a collegiate athlete. Finley won the event with a time of 55.49 seconds, tying Kansas State’s Belinda Hope who ran the same time in the 1995 version of the triangular.
Senior Barden Adams tied his indoor personal best in the triple jump with a mark of 16.01 meters (52-6.25 ft.), which bested Wichita State athlete Jared Belardo’s 2016 mark of 15.84 meters (51-11.75 ft.) as the meet record. Adams’ mark ranks as the eighth-best mark in Kansas men’s indoor history and is currently No. 2 in the NCAA this season.
The Jayhawks return to action this weekend at the Mark Colligan Memorial on January 20. The meet, hosted by Nebraska, will be held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.