Jayhawks Look to Move Up NCAA Charts at Alex Wilson Invite

Diamond Dixon will look to climb her way up the NCAA rankings as she competes in the 400 meter Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational
Alex Wilson Invitational
Dates February 22
Location South Bend, Ind.
Venue Loftus Sports Center
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –  It will be one of the final opportunities for the Jayhawks to improve their marks for the NCAA Championships in three weeks as they travel to the Alex Wilson Invitational Saturday, Feb. 22 in South Bend, Ind.
Kansas will have athletes in the men’s and women’s 400 meters, 800 meters and the distance medley relays at the meet to be held inside the Loftus Sports Center. The Jayhawks will look to post marks that rank inside the all-important top-16 of the NCAA standings which would earn them tickets to the NCAA Championships to take place March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.
The men’s and women’s distance medley relays will take center stage starting at 11:50 a.m. (ET) Saturday having both KU teams with strong chances of posting top-10 times. For the women, the team of Hannah Richardson, Whitney Adams, Rhavean King and Natalie Becker will need to combine for one of the fastest marks in school history if they want the chance to race in Albuquerque. Three of the those four student-athletes posted the school’s eighth-fastest medley relay time (11:28.81) two weeks ago at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, which currently stands as the nation’s 18th-fastest relay.
For the men, Dalen Fink, Kenneth McCuin, Brendan Soucie and Reid Buchanan will also try to post one of the best distance medley relay times by a Jayhawk squad Saturday. The quartet will hit the track at 12:05 p.m. (ET) for the race that is sure to produce some of the fastest marks of the 2014 campaign.
A week after notching her fastest 400-meter time of the season, senior Diamond Dixon will return to the track to try and shave off more seconds. The 2012 NCAA Champion boasts a season-best of 53.25 in the event and is currently 20th in the NCAA rankings. She will head to the starting blocks at 1:45 p.m. (ET), and will be joined by freshman Adriana Newell in the event.
Complete results and a recap of all of the Jayhawk track action throughout the day can be found at KUAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the day. Be sure to follow on twitter at @KUTrack for live and updated results.
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