Kansas men remain at No. 23 in latest USTFCCCA poll
NEW ORLEANS – The Kansas men’s track & field team remained at No. 23 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association weekly poll released Monday, after nine members of the men’s squad recorded personal-best performances at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Kentucky on February 3.
The Kansas men currently have five athletes that rank in the top-20 in the nation in their respective events, including senior Barden Adams, who is the highest ranked Jayhawk male at No. 7 in the triple jump.
Adams posted a career-best tying mark of 16.01 meters (52-6.5 ft.) at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular on January 13 to earn his No. 7 ranking. His mark also ranks him fourth on the Kansas men’s indoor all-time performance list and No. 2 in the Big 12 this season.
Sophomore Bryce Hoppel jumped into contention for a spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a first-place performance in the 800-meter run at the Rod McCravy Memorial on February 3, clocking in at 1:48.36 to rank No. 8 in the nation in the event. The time currently places him second in the conference this year.
Senior thrower Nicolai Ceban made his season debut at the Jayhawk Classic on January 26, where he won the men’s shot put with a mark of 19.03 meters (62-5.25 ft.). Ceban’s mark currently ranks 16th in the nation and second among Big 12 athletes.
Two Kansas men’s pole vaulters rank among the nation’s best, with junior Hussain Al Hizam sitting in ninth in the nation with a clearance of 5.48 meters (17-11.75 ft.) and senior Nick Meyer in 18th with a mark of 5.35 meters (17-6.5 ft.).
The Kansas women jumped six spots, from No. 49 to No. 43, in this week’s rankings. Junior Sharon Lokedi is the highest nationally-ranked individual on the women’s team at No. 4 in the 5,000-meter run.
The Jayhawks will split up this weekend to compete in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. Both meets will take place February 9-10.
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