Monday, May 6, 2013

First of all: KU women claim first Outdoor track crown

Members of Kansas University’s women’s track and field team celebrate the school’s first Big 12 Outdoor title on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Waco, Texas.

Members of Kansas University’s women’s track and field team celebrate the school’s first Big 12 Outdoor title on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Waco, Texas.



Jeff Jacobsen/Kansas Athletics

Members of Kansas University’s women’s track and field team celebrate the school’s first Big 12 Outdoor title on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Waco, Texas.


Associated Press

Kansas' Paris Daniels, left, edges out Texas' Courtney Okolo to win the women's 4X400-meter relay during the Big 12 Conference Outdoors on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Waco, Texas.

— Paris Daniels won an individual title, was second in another event and ran legs on two winning relay teams Sunday to help Kansas University win the first Big 12 Outdoor team title in program history.

Daniels repeated as champion in the 200 meters, placed second in the 100 and ran on the winning 4X100-meter relay team as the Jayhawks scored 158 points to hold off defending champ Texas (145 points).

“Today was a total team effort, and I couldn’t be happier for everyone involved in this championship,” 13-year KU coach Stanley Redwine said. “The team knew what was on the line, and the ladies went out there and competed so well. To have eight individual champions today was outstanding and well deserved. It’s just a great day for KU.”

Daniels ran with Tianna Valentine, Denesha Morris and Diamond Dixon to win the 4X100 in 43.89 seconds.

Daniels was runner-up in the 100 in 11.34 seconds and won the 200 in 22.73.

Having already clinched the team title, Daniels, Morris, Dixon and Taylor Washington added the 4X400 relay crown, too, in a season-best 3:32.

Daniels scored 23 of KU’s 84 points Sunday. She was the high-point scorer of the meet and was named the meet’s outstanding performer: a first for a KU woman.

Dixon also played a big role in the team scoring. In addition the 4X100-meter and 4X400-meter relay titles, she also earned her third straight outdoor 400 championship. She won in 51.73 seconds.

Dixon also was fourth in the 200 in a personal-best 23.38.

In the women’s triple jump, KU’s Andrea Geubelle became just the second woman in Big 12 history to repeat as league champion in both indoor and outdoor triple jumps. She cleared 13.55 meters (44 feet, 51⁄2 inches) on her first jump, and none of the other 12 athletes came within 21⁄2 feet of that mark the rest of the day. Geubelle eventually improved to 13.59 meters (44-7) on her fourth try.

Also for KU, junior Jessica Maroszek turned in the best performance of her career. The Seymour, Wis., native never trailed in the event leading from her first attempt of the afternoon. On her third attempt, Maroszek unleashed a throw of 56.81 meters (186-5), which not only tallied a new personal best, but also smashed her own school record in the event. Only one other thrower was able to come within 10 feet of Maroszek’s record mark, earning her the first conference title of her career and the first discus title for a Jayhawk since 1986.

Kansas’ men placed fifth in the nine-team Big 12. Texas won with 1461⁄2 points. Kansas had 96.


Team scores: 1. Kansas 158; 2. Texas 145; 3. Baylor 93; 4. Iowa State 89; 5. Oklahoma 78.50; 6. Texas Tech 77.50; 7. Kansas State 66; 8. West Virginia 40; 9. TCU 39; 10. Oklahoma State 33.

Kansas results

100 — 2. Paris Daniels, 11.34.

200 — 1. Paris Daniels, 22.73; 4. Diamond Dixon, 23.38.

400 — 1. Diamond Dixon, 51.73; 6. Denesha Morris, 53.77.

1500 — 4. Hannah Richardson, 4:26.80; 6. Natalie Becker, 4:31.00.

5K — 14. Natalie Becker, 17:17.84; 21. Kyra Kilwein, 18:00.57.

4x100 relay — 1. Kansas (Paris Daniels, Tianna Valentine, Denesha Morris, Diamond Dixon), 43.89.

4x400 relay — 1. Kansas (Denesha Morris, Diamond Dixon, Taylor Washington, Paris Daniels), 3:32.00.

High jump — 4. Lindsay Vollmer, 1.78 meters (5 feet, 83⁄4 inches); 9. Ashley Shearer, 1.67 (5-5 3/4).

Triple jump — 1. Andrea Geubelle, 13.59 meters (44 feet, 7 inches); 4. Francine Simpson, 12.68 (41-7 1/4); 10. Amanda Caines, 11.42 (37-5 3/4).

Discus — 1. Jessica Maroszek, 56. 81 meters (186 feet, 5 inches); 4. Anastasiya Muchkay, 50.69 (166-4).

Javelin — 3. Heather Bergmann, 49.30 meters (161 feet, 9 inches); 13. Lindsay Vollmer, 39.75 (130-5); 14. Anastasiya Muchkay, 35.61 (116-10); 18. Rebecca Neville, 31.21 (105-8).


Team scores: 1. Texas 146.50; 2. Oklahoma 133; 3. Texas Tech 117.50; 4. Kansas State 96; 5. Kansas 82.50; 6. TCU 75; 7. Baylor 61; 8. Oklahoma State 56; 9. Iowa State 51.50.

Kansas results

100 — 6. DeMario Johnson, 10.55.

200 — 8. DeMario Johnson, 21.34.

400 — 1. Kyle Clemons, 45.10.

800 — 3. Brendan Soucie, 1:51.21.

1500 — 3. Josh Munsch, 3:41.58.

5K — 8. Josh Munsch, 14:16.13; 11. Reid Buchanan, 14:34.24; 12. Evan Landes, 14:35.82; 18. Josh Baden, 14:59.65; 21. James Wilson, 15:06.28.

110 hurdles — 6. Michael Stigler, 14.18.

400 hurdles — 1. Michael Stigler, 49.79; 8. Nick Ucherek, 53.33.

4x100 relay —7. Kansas (Shawn Smith, Kyle Clemons, Michael Stigler, DeMario Johnson), 40.87.

4x400 relay — 1. Kansas (Kyle Clemons, DeMario Johnson, Michael Stigler, Kenneth McCuin), 3:07.72.

Pole vault — T2. Casey Bowen, 5.19 meters (17 feet, 1⁄4 inch); T6. Alex Bishop, 5.04 (16-6.5); T6. Nick Maestretti, 5.04 (16-6.5); T10. Jake Albright, 4.89 (16-1/2).

Triple jump — 8. Richard Smith, 14.18 meters (46 feet, 61⁄4 inches).

Javelin — 1. Jesse Vaughn, 67.86 meters (222 feet, 8 inches).


Dirk Medema 11 months, 2 weeks ago

So is the story or the results wrong?

The story says that KU Men scored 96 points, but the results at the end indicate that KState men were the ones to score 96 points, and the KU Men only scored 82.5.


Brian Martin 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Anyone notice Kyle Clemons' school record 400m.


Cody Stumma 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I figured a Big 12 Championship would of been a top story, but apparently not in LJW's eyes...


crimsonorblue22 11 months, 2 weeks ago

congrats to all track athletes and coaches! proud of you!


texashawk10 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Texas A&M is going to be a hard team to beat in Fayetteville at nationals, but good luck ladies.


JBsJAYHAWKS 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Revenue does not matter, that's why we have BB and FB and rowing and golf of course - Great Job Ladies!!


ahpersecoachingexperience 11 months, 2 weeks ago

How much revenue did they generate over the weekend?


actorman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Awesome! Now let's just hope there are no agents and AAU coaches involved.

Seriously, congrats ladies!


Brad Farha 11 months, 2 weeks ago

This is freaking awesome! I love it -- Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU!!!


lv_jhwk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Throwing in a "congrats" to the men's team as well. Although they only finished fifth, several individual champions were merely listed rather than mentioned anywhere within the story.


rockymtnjhawk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Congratulations to Coach Redwine and the Jayhawk women.

Ladies, I have met many of you and also want to congratulate you on your pending graduation. Pursue the track as long as you can and then do the "normal" work.

Have fun and go win NCAAs!


Dave Coen 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Great Job, Ladies! I am pulling for you to bring home the National Championship!


idahawk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Here's a silly question from someone viewing this great news from afar. Don't they have a long jump event, and if so, why didn't Andrea Guebelle participate? Isn't she the reigning national champ?


Jayhawk444 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Nicely done, Jayhawk women! you made all jayhawk fans proud


Brett McCabe 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Fantastic display ladies! Congratulations on an already historic season. Best of luck on making even more history at the NCAA's!


KGphoto 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Congrats Ladies!

Kind of unreal how some of the athletes are spanning across two or more events, at an elite level, that aren’t normally grouped together.

The champion 4x100 and 4x400 relay team is almost the exact same team. Don’t know if I’ve ever seen that. I’ve seen 100 and 200, but 100 and 400 are very different races.

How about Lindsay Vollmer? 4th in High Jump and 13th in Javelin. Do they have a Heptathlon? Seems like she would at the top of that event.

Maybe it’s more usual in NCAA women’s track. I don’t know. I still find it impressive.


DSommersby 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Rock Chalk, Champions! Keep it up and keep doing it!


David Black 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Rock Chalk Ladies...congratulations and wishing you continued success.


s6u6r6f 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Babe city is fast. Good on all y'all. Rock chalk.


Janet Scott 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Superb in every way! And nice to learn of headline news from Mt. Oread -- other than men's basketball.


Kman_blue 11 months, 2 weeks ago

AWESOME job lady Jayhawks! Very impressive and cool to see some resurgence in our history laden track and field program!

Big congratulations to the men too. Just got to keep building on what we have accomplished so far.

Here's to hoping the brand new track and field facility being built now will help both our women's and men's programs to become perennial conference championship contenders!

Best of luck to everyone who's going on to the NCAA's!


Jack Jones 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Great job Jayhawk women ~ Congratulations on your first Big 12 Championship ~ a terrific continuation of this wonderful season. A special shout-out to Paris on your success and resulting selection as the meet's Outstanding Performer ~ to Diamond on your outstanding success ~ and to Andrea for becoming only the second athlete to win the triple jump in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. And WELL DONE to each and every athlete who contributed to this Championship.


MinnesotaJay 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Fantastic! KU ladies are the best (naturally)!


BainDread 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Great job, ladies. Now on to the NCAAs and another championship trophy.


stm62 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Congrats ladies !!! I hope these KU Championships are contagious. It's nice to see some of the other sports programs up their game and bring added respect to the University.


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