Kansas opens season with Bob Timmons Challenge
|Bob Timmons Challenge|
|Friday, Nov. 30, 2018|
|Anschutz Sports Pavilion|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas track & field is set to open the 2018-19 indoor campaign at home with the Bob Timmons Challenge on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion. The Jayhawks will welcome 12 schools to the season opener, including Division I schools Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts and UMKC. The meet is slated to begin with field events at 1 p.m. and running events are scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
SETTING THE STAGE
Forty-nine Jayhawks are slated to compete in this weekend, with 23 men and 26 women scheduled for action.
HEADLINERS IN ACTION
Notable Jayhawks scheduled to compete at the Bob Timmons Challenge include 2018 NCAA indoor pole vault champion Hussain Al Hizam. Marleena Eubanks, the No. 2 800-meter runner in KU women’s outdoor history, is slated to run in the 600 yards.
A total of 29 new student-athletes are currently on the Kansas track & field rosters, including 18 new faces on the men’s team and 11 on the women’s squad. Of those 29 new Jayhawks, 12 are expected to make their debut at the Bob Timmons Challenge.
SUCCESS AT THE BOB TIMMONS
The Bob Timmons Challenge has proven to be a great season opener for the Jayhawks in the previous nine years. Since 2009, Kansas has won 114 individual titles, including 11 last year.
REDWINE SIGNS NO. 3 MEN’S CLASS
According to Track & Field News, 19th-year head coach Stanley Redwine’s 2018 KU men’s recruiting class is the No. 3 signing class is the nation. Coming in behind Georgia and Texas A&M, the Jayhawks made the top-5 for the first time ever.
Highlighting the recruiting class is Zach Bradford, a pole vaulter out of Bloomington, Illinois, who represented the USA at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, where he earned a silver medal. Bradford posted the No. 8 all-time high school pole vault mark, clearing 18-2.5 ft. his senior season.
Also highlighting the signing class are Treyvon Ferguson, a triple jumper hailing from Hershey, Pennsylvania, Patrick Larrison, a thrower from Moore, Oklahoma and AJ Bennett, a hurdler out of Spring, Texas.
EAST COAST ACTION
Kansas senior distance runner and three-time indoor First Team All-American Sharon Lokedi will compete at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, December 1. Lokedi is set to run in the 5,000 meters, where she looks to better her school record mark of 15:39.05, set last season at the same event.
The Jayhawks have more than a month off from competition before returning to the oval. Kansas next be in action when it hosts the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular on Jan. 18 at Anschutz Pavilion and the Jayhawk Classic, Jan. 25-26.
Associate head coach Tom Hays’ pole vault group will compete at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada, Jan. 18-19.
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