RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.28 (Track & Field)
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Kansas track & field opened the 2018 outdoor campaign at the Arkansas Spring Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on March 24. The Jayhawks saw three athletes earn wins, and another three move their names into the Kansas all-time top-10 lists in their respective events.
Laura Taylor, Joel Long and Brandon Lombardino all earned victories at the Spring Invitational, with Taylor winning the women’s pole vault, Long taking first in the men’s high jump and Lombardino recording the victory in the men’s discus.
Jedah Caldwell became the No. 8 performer in KU history in the 200-meter dash by taking fourth and recording a wind-legal time of 23.77 seconds. The sophomore surpassed Tamara Montgomery’s time of 23.80 set in 1998 for the No. 8 spot.
In the long jump, junior LaTyria Jefferson became the No. 9 performer recording a leap of 6.23 meters (20-5.25 ft.) to place third at the meet. Jefferson kicked Jayhawk legend Lindsay Vollmer out of the No. 9 position, with Vollmer’s best mark of 6.19 meters (20-3.75 ft.) set in 2015.
Freshman Lea Riedel moved into the No. 8 spot in the shot put, passing Kim Feldkamp’s 14.54-meter (47-8.5 ft.) toss with a mark of 14.56 meters (47-9.25 ft.) in her first collegiate outdoor meet.
The Jayhawks have a busy weekend ahead, with the squad splitting up between meets in Texas, California and Oklahoma. Kansas will be competing at the Texas Relays, March 28-31, the Stanford Invitational and San Francisco State Distance Carnival, March 30-31 and the Oral Roberts Invitational on March 31.