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Monday, May 16, 2016

KU men second, women take fourth at Big 12 Outdoor

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Fort Worth, Texas — Kansas University’s men’s 4X400-meter relay team of Jaron Hartley, Ivan Henry, Stryman Livingston and Tre Daniels won the final event of the day to punctuate the Jayhawks’ second-place finish in the team standings at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday.

Texas won the men’s team title with 134 points. Kansas was runner-up with 116, its highest finish since 1983. Texas Tech was third with 112.

“I’m obviously very excited with the performance of our men’s team this weekend,” KU coach Stanley Redwine said. "We had many different athlete contribute so it was definitely a total team effort. We'll continue to improve from here and make strides to try and be lifting the trophy at this point next year, but this is definitely a great confidence builder for the program."

The KU women placed fourth with 82.4 points, trailing Texas (167.7), Oklahoma (137.5) and Kansas State (112).

Among the highlights for Kansas on Sunday:

• Mitchell Cooper (192 feet, 7 inches) and Nicolai Ceban (188-7) placed 1-2 in the men’s discus.

• Livingston placed second in the men’s 800 in 1:48.42.

• Evan Landes took third in the men’s 5,000 in 14:04.97.

• Daina Levy (173-9) and Dasha Tsema (171-3) placed 4-5 in the women’s discus.

• The women’s 4X100 relay team of Tianna Valentine, Nicole Montgomery, Zainab Sanni and Adriana Newell placed third in 44.97.

• The women’s 4X400 relay team of Whitney Adams, Sanni, Montgomery and Newell took third in 3:36.80.

• Sanni placed fourth in the 200 in 23.46.

• Alex Wilson was fourth in the men’s 400 hurdles in 53.10.

• Dylan Hodgson was third in 8:50.04 and Ben Burchstead fourth in 8:51.94 in the 3,000 steeplechase.

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