Throng of Jayhawks PR at Arkansas Qualifier
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ten Kansas track & field athletes competed at the Arkansas Qualifier in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday, with seven of the Jayhawks recording personal-best performances at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Senior hurdler Nick Giusti posted a career-best run in the 60-meter hurdles preliminary round, where he clocked in at 8.14 seconds to earn the fourth-fastest qualifying time. Giusti’s time improved his standing as the No. 8 performer in Kansas history in the event, shaving .02 seconds off his previous best time.
Senior Christian Hicks and freshman Darius Releford also posted qualifying times in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles, with Releford recording a career-best time of 8.36 seconds and Hicks clocking in at 8.44.
In the final of the men’s 60-meter hurdles, it was Hicks that posted a PR, finishing fourth with a time of 8.20 seconds. Giusti was the highest finishing Jayhawk in the event taking third with a time of 8.16 seconds, and Releford finished fifth in 8.42.
In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, senior Gabbi Dabney qualified for the final with a fourth-place preliminary run, then went on to finish third overall with a personal best-tying time of 8.82 seconds.
Freshman Kyle Rogers picked up a personal-best performance with a first-place finish in the men’s pole vault, clearing 5.20 meters (17-0.25 ft.), improving on his previous best by five centimeters.
Marcus Davis clocked a career-best time in the men’s 400-meter dash, finishing eighth overall with a time of 47.88, and sophomore Jedah Caldwell finished fifth in the women’s 200-meter dash while freshman Morganne Mukes finished 13th with a personal best time of 25.25 seconds.
A small group of Jayhawks will be competing at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday, February 17 at the Loftus Sports Center. Kansas athletes will begin the action at 11:45 a.m. and will conclude the day at 3:15 p.m. Live results from the meet will be available online through DeltaTiming.com.
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