Kansas men No. 17 in week 6 USTFCCCA poll
NEW ORLEANS – The Kansas men’s track & field team is ranked No. 17 in the week six U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national rankings, released by the organization Monday. The Jayhawk women fell to No. 30 after spending three-straight weeks inside the top-25.
The Jayhawk men have five athletes that rank in the top-25 of the nation in their respective events heading into the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship this weekend in Waco, Texas.
Sophomore Gleb Dudarev, who was recently named The Bowerman watch list, is the No. 1 ranked men’s hammer thrower in the NCAA this season with a mark of 78.04 meters (256-0 ft.). Dudarev’s mark ranks No. 1 in school history, No. 6 in the world this year and makes the Vitebsk, Belarus native the No. 5 all-time collegiate performer.
Senior Barden Adams is currently the No. 2 ranked triple jumper in the NCAA with his mark of 16.59 meters (54-5.25 ft.) at the National Relay Championships on April 28. Adams’ mark ranks him No. 2 on the KU all-time performers list, No. 1 in the West region and No. 1 in the Big 12.
Junior Hussain Al Hizam ranks No. 5 in the pole vault with a season-best clearance of 5.60 meters (18-4.5 ft.) at the Texas Relays in March, junior Dylan Hodgson ranks No. 13 in the 3,00-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:47.81 at the Stanford Invitational, and senior Nicolai Ceban is the No. 21 performer in the discus with a mark of 57.63 meters (189-1 ft.) at the Sun Angel Classic.
The No. 30-ranked Kansas women have eight top-25 marks in the NCAA this season, with senior Sharon Lokedi and freshman Alexandra Emilianov each holding two top-25 rankings.
Lokedi, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, ranks No. 3 in the country in the 10,000-meter run and No. 14 in the 5,000 meters, while the freshman Emilianov ranks No. 18 in the discus and No. 20 in the shot put.
Senior Laura Taylor and sophomore Andrea Willis rank No. 9 and No. 16, respectively, in the pole vault, senior Courtney Coppinger ranks No. 23 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 4×400-meter relay team of Megan Linder, Jedah Caldwell, Nicole Montgomery and Honour Finley have the No. 20 time in the NCAA this season.
The Jayhawks will open the conference meet on Friday, May 11 at the Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium in Waco, Texas. The meet is scheduled to run through Sunday, May 13 with the final event scheduled for 8:45 p.m. that night.
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