Adams Breaks 800 Meter Record at Festival of Miles
ST. LOUIS – Kansas junior Whitney Adams snapped the school’s 22-year-old 800-meter record at the Festival of Miles inside Saint Louis University High School Track Stadium Thursday night. Adams clocked in with a personal-best time of 2:04.43 to top Kristi Kloster’s former KU record by nearly a second.
Adams, who hails from St. Charles, Missouri, was the only collegiate entered in the race that featured a collection of some the top professional 800-meter specialists in North America. Adams and the rest of the field got out to a quick pace, with all nine competitors going through the first 400 meters in under 60 seconds. Though Adams could not take the lead over the final lap, she still managed to come through the finish in a new career best and school-record time of 2:04.43, good for a sixth-place finish.
The performance topped Kristi Kloster’s previous school record of 2:05.42, which she posted at the 1994 Big Eight Championships in Lawrence. Adams now owns five of the 10 fastest 800-meter times in program history, which includes her previous personal best of 2:05.43, recorded earlier this year at the Sun Angel Classic in April.
While Adams’ 2016 collegiate season came to an end at the NCAA West Preliminary last weekend in Lawrence, KU school record book procedures still allow for marks achieved at events outside the collegiate season, as long as the athlete is still on the Kansas track & field roster.
Adams will now look to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to be held in Eugene, Oregon July 1-10.
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