Four Kansas track and field athletes earned NCAA All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday.
It was a group that was highlighted by junior Samantha Van Hoecke, who netted first-team honors in the women’s pole vault while competing in her first-ever NCAA Championships.
Van Hoecke placed seventh overall by clearing a personal-best 4.36m (14-3.5 ft.), which is tied for the sixth-best performance in KU indoor history. Van Hoecke also became the first KU All-American in the women’s pole vault indoors since 2018.
Earlier in the day, junior Rylee Anderson tied for 10th overall in women’s high jump by clearing 1.76m (5-9.25 ft.). She was one of three Jayhawks to net second-team honors on the day.
In the women’s shot put, senior Alexandra Emilianov placed 15th overall by throwing 15.85m (52-0 ft.) on her third attempt. Emilianov became the first Jayhawk to earn indoor All-American status in the women’s shot put since 2012.
On the track, senior Honour Finley placed 14th overall in the women’s 400 meters. She clocked a 53.34 in the event prelims.