Sunday, February 9, 2014

Track relay team sets KU record


— The Kansas University women’s 4x800-meter relay team broke a 34-year school record with its first-place finish at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Saturday at the Armory Track and Field Center.

Freshman Whitney Adams, sophomore Kelly McKenna, freshman Lydia Saggau and sophomore Rhavean King combined for the winning time of 8:51.19. The mark is the fastest time in the NCAA this season and beat the previous KU record by more than five seconds.

After setting the school record in the 500 on Friday, KU senior sprinter Diamond Dixon set a personal best in the 200 with a third-place finish in 23.83.

Kansas pole vaulters Alex Bishop and Nick Maestretti earned a pair of first-place finishes for the KU men’s team.

Competing in the championship division, Bishop earned a tie for first after clearing 5.45 meters (17 feet, 10.5 inches). Bishop, a senior, set a personal best with the vault, which was the best indoor mark by a Jayhawk since 2009.

Sophomore Maestretti topped 5.05 meters (16-6.5) to win the college division pole vault.

KU junior James Wilson earned the Jayhawks’ other victory, a 8:11.09 finish in the college division 3,000 meters.

The Jayhawks will split their squads Friday for the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa.

Armory Collegiate Invitational

Saturday in New York

Kansas Day Two results

Women’s 200 (Championship): 3. Diamond Dixon, 23.83.

Women’s mile (Championship): 9. Hannah Richardson, 4:48.59.

Women’s 3,000 (Championship): 7. Natalie Becker, 9:48.81.

Women’s 60 hurdles (Championship): 6. Lindsay Vollmer, 8.58.

Women’s 4x800 relay (Championship): 1. Whitney Adams, Kelli McKenna, Lydia Saggau, Rhavean King, 8:51.19.

Women’s 800 (College): 17. Lydia Saggau, 2:15.58. 24. Kelli McKenna, 2:17.11. 33. Maddy Rich, 2:17.99. 34. Rhavean King, 2:18.00. 45. KayLee Farmer, 2:19.17.

Women’s mile (College): 16. Nashia Baker, 5:04.06. 21. Malika Baker, 5:08.00.

Women’s 3,000 (College): 23. Kyra Kilwein, 10:13.23.

Women’s weight throw (Championship): 5. Daina Levy, 18.54 meters. 22. Jessica Maroscek, 15.84 meters. 29. Dasha Tsema, 14.49 meters.

Men’s 400 (Championship): 3. DeMario Johnson, 48.03.

Men’s 800 (Championship): 12. Brendan Soucie, 1:52.68. 14. Dalen Fink, 1:57.01.

Men’s 4x400 relay (Championship): 7. Michael Stigler, Drew Matthews, DeMario Johnson, Kenneth McCuin, 3:14.70.

Men’s 4x800 relay (Championship): 5. Dominique Manley, Kellum Schneider, Brendan Soucie, Dalen Fink, 7:38.87.

Women’s 800 (College): 20. Daniel Koech, 1:54.80. 34. Dominique Manley, 1:56.04. 45. Kellum Schneider, 1:56.98. 54. Nick Seckfort, 1:58.34. 57. Ben Brownlee, 1:58.65.

Men’s 3,000 (College): 1. James Wilson, 8:11.09. 2:57.23.

Men’s pole vault (Championship): 1. Alex Bishop, 5.45 meters. 5. Nick Meyer, 5.15 meters. 8. Greg Lupton, 5.00 meters.

Men’s weight throw (Championship): 28. Mitchell Cooper, 16.22 meters.

Men’s pole vault (College): 1. Nick Maestretti, 5.05 meters. 3. Aaron Blevins, 4.95 meters.

Men’s triple jump (College): 25. Richard Smith, 14.01 meters.

Men’s high jump (Eastern): 9. Kevin Jones, 1.96 meters.


Beate Williams 8 years, 8 months ago

I am so impressed with this team; these women are doing a fabulous job, reminding us of the days when KU was a track haven. Congratulations ladies and keep up the good work. Looks like you are headed for another Big 12 and Nat'l Championships. Coach you have done an excellent job recruiting and obviously you are doing something in preparing them to be ready. Good job.

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