A pair of All-American performances helped send Kansas’ men’s track team to an 11th-place finish Friday at the NCAA Outdoor in Eugene, Ore.
KU junior Barden Adams took fifth in the triple jump, and senior Mitch Cooper was sixth in the discus.
Adams had a jump of 52-9, and Cooper threw the discus 193-11. KU’s Nicolai Ceban was 13th in the discus with a toss of 185-11.
“I didn’t get off to the start that I wanted to after I hit 49 (feet) on my first jump,” Adams said. “I just had to stay mentally strong and refocus myself and I got a good mark on my second jump, which felt good.”
In the final outing in his KU career, Cooper had his best finish at the NCAAs.
“This is something that, for years, I thought I could achieve but I’ve come up short a few times, so it feels great that it finally happened for me,” Cooper said. “It’s definitely sad that this is my last meet as a Jayhawk because this has been such a special time in my life, but I’m happy with the way it ended.”