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Saturday, April 27, 2019

KU track picks up 2 wins on final day of National Relay Championships

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The Kansas track & field high jumpers picked up a pair of wins on the final day of action at the National Relay Championships at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

KU senior Joel Long won the men's competition, while freshman Rylee Anderson took first and jumped up to No. 5 on the Kansas women's all-time performers list in the event.

Anderson, a 2019 NCAA indoor Second Team All-American in the high jump, won the event on Saturday with a clearance of 1.82 meters (5-11.5 ft.) to move into fifth on the all-time performers list at KU.

Long's picked up the win at 1.85 meters (6-0.75 ft.), but was able to clear two more bars after the next-best competitor was eliminated, finishing with a best clearance of 1.95 meters (6-4.75 ft.).

The men's 4x800-meter relay team of Marcus Quere, Bryce Hoppel, Jack Young and Ethan Donley took second, clocking in with a combined time of 7:44.01. The women's 4x800 squad of Wumi Omare, Courtney Griffiths, Catherine Liggett and Avryl Johnson placed fourth with a time of 9:08.15.

Freshman Treyvon Ferguson took advantage of the windy conditions at John McDonnell Field on his way to a personal-best mark in the triple jump. Ferguson placed fifth with a wind-aided (+4.4 m/s) mark of 15.55 meters (51-0.25 ft.).

Senior Alexis Romero placed fifth in the women's invitational section of the pole vault, clearing 4.15 meters (13-7.25 ft.)..

The KU 4x400-meter relay teams finished the day with a pair of sixth-place finishes. The men's quartet of Marcus Davis, Ethan Fogle, Cody Johnson and Hoppel crossed the line in 3:11.54, and the women's team of Mariah Kuykendoll, Honour Finley, Nicole Montgomery and Marleena Eubanks combined for a time of 3:38.96.

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