Kansas men remain No. 12 in latest USTFCCCA rankings
NEW ORLEANS – For the second week in a row, the Kansas men’s track & field team is ranked No. 12 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association weekly poll, with the latest rankings released by the organization Monday.
The Jayhawk men have eight performers that rank in the top-25 nationally, with three of the eight ranking in the top-five.
Sophomore Gleb Dudarev posted a school record in the hammer throw in his outdoor season debut at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona, April 6-7, winning the event with a mark of 74.35 meters (243-11 ft.). The mark currently ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this season and is the top mark in the West region.
Senior Barden Adams also holds a No. 2 mark in the NCAA in his signature event, the triple jump. Adams won the event at the Sun Angel Classic with a leap of 16.26 meters (53-4.25 ft.), which is also the top mark in West region.
Senior Nicolai Ceban holds two NCAA top-25 marks, coming in at No. 12 in the discus and No. 23 in the shot put. Like Dudarev, Ceban also opened his outdoor campaign at the Sun Angel Classic and posted throws of 57.63 meters (189-1 ft.) in the discus and 18.62 meters (61-1.25 ft.) in the shot put.
Junior Hussain Al Hizam and senior Nick Meyer both rank in the top-25 in the pole vault, with Al Hizam holding the No. 4 spot with a clearance of 5.60 meters (18-4.5 ft.) and Meyer ranking No. 16 with a 5.35-meter (17-6.5 ft.) clearance, both at the Texas Relays.
Junior Dylan Hodgson holds the No. 10 time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, recording a clocking of 8:47.81 in the event at the Stanford invitational and sophomore Bryce Hoppel has the No. 12 time in the NCAA in the 800-meter run at 1:48.69 from the Texas Relays.
The Kansas women improved from No. 38 in the week one poll to No. 29 in week two, and also have eight NCAA top-25 marks.
Senior Sharon Lokedi holds the No. 3 time in the nation in the 10,000-meter run from breaking the school record at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 32:21.19.
Lokedi’s teammate and fellow distance runner Courtney Coppinger also posted a top-10 performance at the Stanford Invitational, clocking in at 10:09.74 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, which ranks No. 8 in the NCAA.
Junior LaTyria Jefferson holds two top-25 marks, ranking No. 13 in the high jump with a clearance of 1.78 meters (5-10 ft.) and No. 14 in the long jump with a leap of 6.23 meters (20-5.25 ft.).
Like the Kansas men, the Jayhawk women have two top-25 pole vaulters, with senior Laura Taylor ranking No. 5 in the NCAA (4.35m/14-3.25 ft.) and sophomore Andrea Willis ranking No. 8 (4.25m/13-11.25 ft.).
The Kansas women’s 4×400-meter relay team of Megan Linder, Jedah Caldwell, Nicole Montgomery and Honour Finley posted the No. 7 time in the NCAA at the Sun Angel Classic, clocking in at 3:33.83.
Freshman Alexandra Emilianov made her collegiate outdoor debut at the Sun Angel Classic where she became the No. 2 performer in KU history in the discus with a mark of 55.58 meters (182-4 ft.), which currently ranks No. 12 in the NCAA.
Kansas will host the 91st Kansas Relays Presented by RCB Bank April 18-21 at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas. Tickets for the KU Relays are available online at KUTickets.com.
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