Jayhawks earn 8 wins on day 2 of Texas Tech Open, Power Five Invitational
LUBBOCK, Texas – On the second day of split squad action at the Texas Tech Open and Power Five Invitational, the Kansas men’s and women’s track & field teams notched eight victories, including seven in Lubbock, Texas and one in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In total, the Jayhawks won 10 events on the weekend at the Texas Tech Open, and on Saturday six Kansas athletes earned meet records at Texas Tech’s Sports Performance Center.
Senior Hussain Al Hizam and freshman Zach Bradford finished first and second, respectively, in the men’s pole vault. The 1-2 finish marks the second-straight meet the duo finished above the rest of the competition. Both Jayhawks cleared 5.61 meters (18-4.75 ft.) to share the meet record, which is the No. 5 all-time mark at Kansas as well. The pair are now tied for fifth in the NCAA this season with the mark. The clearance for Bradford was a personal best and improves on his Kansas freshman record.
Kansas swept the 800-meter run titles, with Bryce Hoppel winning the men’s race and Marleena Eubanks finishing first for the women, both notching meet records. Hoppel clocked in at 1:48.44 for his win and his altitude-converted time of 1:48.13 ranks him No. 11 in the NCAA this season. Eubanks coasted to a personal-best time of 2:07.94. The time from Eubanks was the No. 8 performance in KU women’s history and moved her up to No. 3 on the all-time performers list, and has her sitting in 20th on the NCAA descending order list in the event this season.
Eubanks was also part of a meet record in the women’s 4×400-meter relay. Teaming up with Mariah Kuykendoll, Nicole Montgomery and Honour Finley, Eubanks anchored the quartet to a win with a time of 3:38.31.
Sophomore Alexandra Emilianov also set a meet record, winning the shot put with a mark of 15.67 meters (51-5 ft.).
Jedah Caldwell won the women’s 200-meter dash (23.61) and Rylee Anderson won her fourth high jump title (1.74m/5-8.5 ft.) in as many tries, and Dylan Hodgson ran to a win in the one-mile run at the Power Five Invitational, clocking in at 4:08.23
- Nicole Montgomery finished second in the women’s 800-meter run in Lubbock, clocking in at 2:08.79 to become the No. 6 performer in KU history in the event. She currently ranks No. 29 in the NCAA this season with the time.
- The Kansas men’s 4×400-meter relay team of Marcus Davis, Cody Johnson, Hoppel and Xavier Wolf placed third at the Texas Tech Open with a time of 3:13.17.
- Freshman Treyvon Ferguson finished third in the triple jump in Lubbock with a mark of 15.05 meters (49-4.5 ft.)
- Cameron Gueldner placed eighth in the 3,000-meter run at the Power Five Invitational. She clocked in at 9:44.45, which makes her the No. 10 performer in KU women’s program history in the event.
Kansas will split up yet again, this time traveling to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Tyson Invitational and Ames, Iowa for the ISU Classic. Both meets are scheduled for February 8-9.
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