Sunday, March 10, 2019

KU junior wins 800 national title at NCAA Indoor Championships


Kansas junior Bryce Hoppel highlighted the Jayhawk action on the second day of the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

Hoppel ran a time of 1:46.46 in the 800-meter run to win the national championship and break his own school record. Hoppel's victory lifted the Kansas men's team to a 12th-place finish in the team standings, which is the highest at the indoor meet for the KU men since placing eighth in 2002.

Earlier in the day, Kansas freshman Rylee Anderson made her NCAA Championships debut where she finished 13th in the women's high jump with a clearance of 1.76 meters (5-9.25 ft.) to earn second team All-America honors.

On the first day, freshman Zach Bradford and senior Hussain Al Hizam became the 24th and 25th indoor first team All-Americans in the pole vault in Kansas history. Bradford and Al Hizam each tied their season-best performance with clearances of 5.63 meters (18-5.5 ft.) to finish fifth and sixth, respectively.

Senior Sharon Lokedi ran in her final race of her Jayhawk career, placing 11th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:06.21 to earn second team All-America honors, marking the 10th All-America honor of her career.

The women's distance medley relay team of Riley Cooney, Honour Finley, Nicole Montgomery and Ally Ryan placed 11th with a time of 11:29.84


Lonnie Ross Dillon 1 year, 2 months ago

Just watched the race on ESPN. So happy for Bryce, loved his humility when compared to Jim Ryun. Especially glad to see KU track go back to the traditional hot pink unis.

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