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Chandler Gibbens - Track & Field - Kansas Jayhawks

Chandler Gibbens

Position Distance
Class So./So./Fr.
Hometown Columbia, Mo.
High School Hickman


Career Highlights
2019 Big 12 Conference Men’s Cross Country Newcomer of the Year
2019 Cross Country Midwest Region honors (21st place)
2019 Cross Country All-Big 12 Team

Competed for the first time this season at the Cowboy Jamboree (10/3) … Ran to a 33rd-place finish in the 8K on the OSU Cross Country Course in a time of 25:32.6.

2020 INDOOR (Fr.)
Made his indoor debut at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular (1/18), winning the 3,000 meters in 8:32.96 … Ran a personal best in the mile at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational (2-7-2/8), finishing in 4:16.35 … Ran a 3k personal best at the Iowa State Classic (2/14-2/15), placing eighth in 8:17.54 … Was part of the KU Distance Medley Relay team that placed third at the Big 12 Indoor Championship (2/28-2/29), finishing in 10:02.87 … Also ran the 3,000 meters at the Big 12 Indoor Championship, placing eighth in 8:19.62.

In his first official race as a Jayhawk, was KU’s first finisher at the Pre-National Invitational (10/19), crossing the finish line in 24:14.2 to place 33rd among a field of 257 of some of the best runners in the nation in the Men’s 8K Blue Race … Helped lead the men’s team to a top-20 finish at Pre-Nationals, where they placed 19th out of 38 teams with 532 points … For the second-straight meet, was the Jayhawks’ first runner to cross the finish line at the Big 12 Championship (11/2) … His 8K time of 24:06.0 propelled Gibbens to a 12th-place finish and as one of the top-15 overall runners, he earned a place on the All-Big 12 Team (one of only two freshmen to make the team) … Led the men’s team to a fourth-place finish with 92 points … As one of the top-25 finishers in each race, earned All-Region honors with his 21st-place finish in 31:26.2 at the NCAA Division I Midwest Region Cross Country Championships (11/15) in Stillwater, Oklahoma … Best finish (one of three) for a KU runner at a Regional Meet since 2015 … Collectively, Kansas ran to a third-place team finish at the OSU Cross Country Course, which marked the men’s highest finish at a Regional meet since 2006.

Won a combined eight letters in cross country and track & field under the guidance of head coach Pete Doll at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri … The Kewpies were the 2018 Sectional Cross Country Champions as well as the 2019 District Champions in track & field … A school record holder in four events: 3,200 meters (9:19), the 4×800-meter relay (7:49), the Distance Medley Relay (10:29) and the Sprint Medley Relay (3:33) … Named the Hickman Athlete of the Year in 2019 … A 2019 member of the Hickman Hall of Fame … A National AP Scholar … The Jerome A. Sally Award recipient.

Son of Kevin and Whitney Gibbens … Has three older siblings: Brynden, Christian and Colin … Plans to major in political science and attend law school.