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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Dudarev, Bradford earn All-America honors to begin NCAA Championships

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The Kansas men's track & field team earned two First Team All-America honors on the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas. Junior Gleb Dudarev earned a silver medal in the hammer throw, while freshman Zach Bradford placed sixth in the pole vault.

Dudarev's best throw of the day came on his third attempt at 73.88 meters (242-5 ft.). Bradford cleared 5.70 meters (18-8.25 ft.) on his third attempt at the height for the sixth-place finish. The bar was his fourth clearance of the day and came on his seventh jump of the evening.

Also competing on Wednesday for the Jayhawks, junior Bryce Hoppel kept his individual-race winning streak alive. He extended his count to 18 with a personal-best time of 1:45.26 in the first heat of the 800-meter run semifinals. Hoppel's win moved him on to Friday's final, scheduled for 8:44 p.m., where he will look to sweep the 2019 NCAA 800-meter titles after winning the indoor championship in March.

Comments

Ray Winger 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Good Luck Bryce, all J-Hawks will be rooting for you!!!

Gary Wirsig 1 month, 2 weeks ago

A little more detail on Hoppel's race from the Track and Field Coach's Assoc website...

"The opening heat was the one to watch in this event as both Bryce Hoppel of Kansas and Devin Dixon of Texas A&M went head-to-head in what was an exciting matchup.

Dixon took the field out fast as he tried to separate the standouts from the rest of the field. His plan worked well as he led the race for the first 500-600 meters before Hoppel was able to use his kick to overtake Dixon at the end of the race. Dixon didn’t let off his plan and crossed the line hard as the two finished within .51 seconds of one another."

Go Bryce!!

Dirk Medema 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Congratulations to Gleb and Zach! Great achievements. Rock Chalk!

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