Morgan Outstanding in Outdoor Debut for Jayhawks
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Junior Jacob Morgan wasted little time in adding his name to the Kansas record book after posting one of the fastest 10,000-meter times in school history Friday night at the Stanford Invitational. Morgan’s finishing time of 29:02.13 is the second-fastest in Kansas history and has him among the best in the NCAA this season.
In the first outdoor meet of his outdoor Kansas career, Morgan continued his impressive first season donning the Crimson and Blue. The Topeka, Kansas product proved he belonged alongside some of the top distance runners in the nation as he completed the 6.2-mile race in 29:02.13 to smash his career best in the event and earn an eighth-place finish overall. Morgan’s performance was the best by a Jayhawk in nearly 26 years, when current school-record holder Craig Watcke turned in 28:51.54 at the 1989 Kansas Relays. The time also put Morgan at No. 20 in the latest 2015 NCAA rankings as well as No. 2 on the Big 12 chart.
A pair of Jayhawk seniors also turned in career bests in the 5,000 meters. James Wilson ran to a 12th-place finish the second section via his time of 14:00.77, which moved him to No. 8 on the school’s all-time list. Josh Munsch leaned across the finish in the 14:06.74 to place 19th in the third section. Both marks inserted the Jayhawks’ names among the top-50 of the NCAA ranks.
The KU track & field squads will return to action next weekend at the John McDonnell Invitational, April 10-11. Action from Fayetteville, Arkansas will kick off Friday afternoon and conclude Saturday evening. Follow all the Kansas performances by following on Twitter, Instagram and Vine at @KUTrack.