RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.23 (Track & Field)
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The University of Notre Dame’s Loftus Sports Center in South Bend, Indiana, has become a successful facility for the Kansas track & field relay teams over the past couple of years, with a total of three school records falling in a two-year span at the A. Wilson Invitational.
This year’s women’s distance medley relay team of Courtney Coppinger, Nicole Montgomery, Hannah Dimmick and Sharon Lokedi broke the one-year-old school record in the event, posting the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA this season on Saturday, February 17, with a clocking of 11:01.19. The time edged out last year’s school-record performance by .66 seconds, set at the A. Wilson Invite by the DMR team of Riley Cooney, Whitney Adams, Hannah Richardson and Montgomery.
Joining last year’s women’s DMR with a school record at the Loftus Center was the men’s 4×400-meter relay team of Ivan Henry, Tre Daniels, Jaron Hartley and Strymar Livingston, clocking in at 3:05.57.
Despite having three of the four members of last year’s school record team, this year’s 4×400 team of Henry, Daniels, Hartley and Isaiah Cole were unable to capture the school record, but did record the second-fastest time in KU men’s indoor history at 3:06.76.
The Jayhawk relay teams will look to improve on their impressive times this weekend at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship in Ames, Iowa, at the Lied Recreation Center. The conference meet action is slated to begin on Friday, February 23 at 10 a.m. CST with the women’s pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. The meet will conclude on Saturday, February 24 with the women’s and men’s 4×400-meter relays, scheduled for 5:10 and 5:25 p.m., respectively.