Sunday, February 26, 2012

KU women place third at Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship


— Kansas University triple-jumper Andrea Geubelle, 400-meter sprinter Diamond Dixon and the KU women’s 4x400 relay team won first-place medals as the Jayhawks’ women’s track and field team placed third at the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Saturday.

Geubelle won her first conference crown with a school-record jump of 13.59 meters. That distance ranks as the best in the NCAA this year and third-best among all athletes — collegiate and professional — in the United States this year.

Dixon, who won KU’s first sprint title since 2008, was also a member of the winning 4x400 relay team. Dixon and teammates Denesha Morris, Paris Daniels and Taylor Washington set a school record with a 3:31.36 mark. Their performance also ranks as the eighth-fastest 4x400 time in NCAA history.

KU coach Stanley Redwine said he was “really excited” by the results of the women’s team.

“We had four automatic qualifiers, two of our athletes are No. 1 in the nation, and one is No. 2 in the nation,” Redwine said. “That’s what we’re looking for.”

The Kansas men took 10th place after the final day of competition.

Next, the Jayhawks will split up and travel to the Arkansas Last Chance on March 2 in Fayetteville, Ark., the Alex Wilson Last Chance on March 2 in South Bend, Ind., and the ISU NCAA Qualifier on March 3 in Ames, Iowa. The NCAA Indoor Championships will be held March 9-10 in Boise, Idaho.


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