Kansas men rank No. 13 heading into 91st Kansas Relays Presented by RCB Bank
NEW ORLEANS – Following a week off from competition, the Kansas men’s track & field team fell one spot to No. 13 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association weekly poll, released by the organization Monday.
The Jayhawk men’s team has eight marks in the top-25 in the NCAA this season, including two from senior throw Nicolai Ceban, who ranks No. 15 in the discus and No. 25 in the shot put. Both of the Camenca, Moldova product’s top-25 marks came at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona, April 6-7, with his best discus toss measuring at 57.63 meters (189-1 ft.) and his best shout put mark measuring 18.62 meters (61-1.25 ft.).
Ceban’s fellow Jayhawk thrower, sophomore Gleb Dudarev, holds the highest-ranked mark in the NCAA among the Kansas men, sitting at No. 2 in the hammer throw with a toss of 74.35 meters (243-11 ft.) at the Sun Angel Classic, which broke his own school record.
Senior Barden Adams holds the No. 3 mark in the NCAA in the triple jump at 16.26 meters (53-4.25 ft.), also achieved at the Sun Angel Classic, and junior Hussain Al Hizam ranks No. 4 in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.60 meters (18-4.5 ft.) at the Texas Relays.
Junior Dylan Hodgson ranks No. 10 in the NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Nick Meyer sits at No. 18 in the pole vault, and sophomore Bryce Hoppel is No. 21 in the NCAA in the 800-meter run.
Like the Kansas men, the Jayhawk women also slipped one spot in the week three poll after a weekend off from competition. Now ranking No. 30 in the NCAA, the KU women also have eight top-25 marks in the NCAA, with junior LaTyria Jefferson holding the No. 19 high jump clearance and the No. 21 long jump mark.
Senior Sharon Lokedi ranks No. 3 in the NCAA in the 10,000-meter run, breaking her own school record at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 32:21.19.
Senior Laura Taylor and sophomore Andrea Willis rank No. 5 and No. 10, respectively, in the pole vault, senior Courtney Coppinger ranks No. 8 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, freshman Alexandra Emilianov ranks No. 14 in the discus and the women’s 4×400-meter relay team of Megan Linder, Jedah Caldwell, Nicole Montgomery and Honour Finley holds the No. 8 time in the NCAA this season.
The Jayhawks are set to host the 91st Kansas Relays Presented by RCB Bank, April 18-21, at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas. Tickets for the Relays are available online at KUTickets.com.
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