Kansas earns 9 entries to NCAA Indoor Championships
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country Committee has announced the participants that will compete in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, March 8-9, with the Kansas track & field teams earning nine entries in eight different events.
The Kansas women’s team will have five entries in five events, while the KU men will have four entries in three events.
Senior Hussain Al Hizam, the 2018 NCAA Indoor national champion in the pole vault, earned an opportunity to defend his title in this year’s championship, while freshman Zach Bradford earned his first trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The Jayhawks will have entries in both the men’s and women’s 800-meter run, with junior Bryce Hoppel earning a trip back to the championships after notching a First Team All-America honor in the event in 2018, and senior Marleena Eubanks producing her first trip to the indoor championships.
Senior Sharon Lokedi will run her final race in the Crimson and Blue, qualifying for the 5,000-meter run, where she will look to earn her fourth indoor All-America honor, after being name First Team All-America in the 5,000 in 2016 and earning First Team nods in both the 3,000 and 5,000 last year.
Freshman Rylee Anderson will travel to Birmingham for her first NCAA Championships event, qualifying in the women’s high jump, and junior Andrea Willis will make her first appearance at an NCAA Indoor Championships meet in the pole vault, after netting a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2018, where she earned All-America Honorable Mention status.
Redshirt sophomore Gleb Dudarev is making the trek back to the NCAA Indoor Championships for the second time in his career. After reaching the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2017 where he finished sixth in the weight throw to earn First Team All-America honors, Dudarev redshirted in 2018. He returns looking to warrant another First Team All-America honor and go after a national title.
The women’s distance medley relay team will also compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Freshman Ally Ryan, senior Nicole Montgomery, Eubanks and Lokedi broke the school record in the event at the Alex Wilson Invitational (Feb. 16) to earn their qualifying mark.
KANSAS ENTRIES SCHEDULE
Men’s Pole Vault (Final) – March 8, 5:30 p.m. CST
Women’s 800-Meter Run (Semifinal) – March 8, 7:17 p.m. CST
Men’s 800-Meter Run (Semifinal) – March 8, 7:27 p.m. CST
Women’s 5,000-Meter Run (Final) – March 8, 8:07 p.m. CST
Women’s Distance Medley Relay (Final) – March 8, 8:47 p.m. CST
Women’s High Jump (Final) – March 9, 1 p.m. CST
Men’s Weight Throw (Prelims & Final) – March 9, 2 p.m. CST
Women’s Pole Vault (Final) – March 9, 4 p.m. CST
Women’s 800-Meter Run (Final) – March 9, 5:30 p.m. CST
Men’s 800-Meter Run (Final) – March 9, 5:40 p.m. CST
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