Saturday, June 13, 2009

Kansas Tarasova 11th in NCAA hammer throw


— On the third day of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Kansas senior Zlata Tarasova placed 11th in the hammer throw finals to wrap up the season for the Jayhawks track and field team Friday at John McDonnell Field.

Tarasova, from Togliatti, Russia, finished her decorated KU career with a throw of 56.44 meters (185 feet, 2 inches) to earn her finish.

KU freshman Keith Hayes took 16th overall in the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles.

Hayes, from Wichita, ran a time of 14.01 to place ninth in heat one (16th overall) to fall short of the finals.

"I didn't get a good start, and then it just kind of went downhill from there," Hayes said. "I had a good warm-up and was real confident. I was there mentally, but stuff happened."


FlaHawk 10 years, 11 months ago

What ever happened to the former NCAA indoor and outdoor PV champion for KU?

Looks like KU will get zero points at NCAA both men and women;s teams.

Time to change coaches as the program is very down and out again. Stanley Redwine has elevated it and now crashed it again to the bottom of the Big XII. Coach Easton is turning over in his grave..

speedy 10 years, 11 months ago

i was delighted when i checked out chan. 613 and found NCAA T& F on for hrs. everyone put on a great show. everyone except KU. i kept waing for anything to take place with a KU runner or field event part. involved.. well its always been my personal style to never ask for a coach to resign. Its time for a complete change. the answer is not a new track practice place. its just a simple matter of selecting and recruiting the fastest high school boys and girls that are in Kansas every year. you do not need to recruit forgiegn runners like Arksas did to get going. you do not need the Calif. runners like Oregon gets. you need the Harold Hadleys from shalow water, the tidwells from independence, and not let the henry wibees go to mizzo. where did janell smith go to college? dosn,t matter we used to have more than one or two to replace the ones moving on up. how fast of a miler was Wes S. ? billy mills?
its been proven over and over that a 4-20 hs miler could improve to 4 min. at KU. SO where are they?? does Lews bonus money benifit KU or his bank account? you don,t need a jim ryun to make yourself to be a champion T&F team. somthing is missing @ KU. now i,ve checked on other states best runners. both men and womens. Kansas holds its own easily. whats missing? spirit? coaching. of course.

Clarence Haynes 10 years, 11 months ago

I do not disagree that KU needs a nucleus of Kansas' best track and field athletes, but I do feel that to be a true contender in the Big XII and at the NCAA level, you have to attract what Bob Timmons called "national calibre athletes" including those from other states. Those were the ingredients of success for both Easton and Timmons. Also, in this day and age, the team should be spinkeled with some international athletes (eg Russell (Canada), Tarasova (Russia), and Anderson (Jamaica)) whom for many years KU shied away from, but who now play an integral role to KU's limted success. The new facilities will help recruitment, but frankly, something else is missing!

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