Finley and Mayfield Strike Gold as KU Has Impressive Showing on Friday of Kansas Relays
April 20, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - It was a banner day for the Jayhawks on day three of the Kansas Relays as a total of four individual KU student-athletes took gold. The first-place podium also became a familiar perch for Crimson and Blue relay teams as three of them came away with fastest times. Headlining the breakout performance for Head Coach Stanley Redwine and his `Hawks was their prowess in the field events, capturing half of the non-running events including four in a row during one stretch.
On the women's side, former Kansas volleyball standout Allison Mayfield took home gold in her first ever collegiate Relays appearance as she finished first in the high jump with a height of 1.80m (5-10.75 ft.), beating out more than two dozen competitors. Mayfield's highest jump was good enough for third-best on KU's all-time list. The senior two-sport athlete also claimed eighth place in the javelin with her distance of 41.78m (137-01 ft.). Coming in first place in that event was another Jayhawk, junior Heather Bergmann, who wound up with a distance of 49.44m (162-02 ft.) to capture gold.
The Kansas men were equally as successful in the field Friday, as Mason Finley successfully defended his two-time championship crown coming in. The now three-time champ heaved the shot put a distance of 19.89m (63-05.25 ft.) for the title. The winning throw was good enough to be the nation's leading mark this year.
Sophomore Alex Bishop made it four-straight field events that Kansas athletes captured, compiling a height of 5.25m (17-02.75 ft.) in the pole vault. Sophomore Johann Swanpoel almost made it five out eight field events for KU, but narrowly missed first in the javelin with a throw reaching 74.51m (244-05 ft.). Coming in first in that event, coincidentally enough, was KU alum Scott Russell who captured his ninth javelin title in 12 tries with his 80.60m (264-05 ft.) performance.
Kansas also ran well as a team Friday, finishing first in both the women's and men's distance medley relay. Cori Christensen, Maddy Rich, Rebeka Stowe and Shayla Wilson kept the KU women's three-year win streak in the event alive with their 11:39.27 performance, and the men made it two in-a-row in the DMR with their 10:02.95 time. Don Wasinger, Josh Munsch, Dalen Fink and Brendan Soucie brought home the gold for the Jayhawks in that event.
Later on in the evening Kansas got back up on the first place podium, bringing home the gold in the Men's 4x1 Mile Relay. The team of Reid Buchanan, Austin Bussing, James Wilson and Zach Zarda earned a time of 17:17.13, which was the fastest time in the event in eight years.
A number of Jayhawk runners will have a lot of momentum under their belt heading into finals on Saturday as many of them had stand-out performances in the preliminaries. KU had a total of three individual competitors finish first in four separate events. Those fastest finishers included Alisha Keys in the 200-meters (24.10w), Paris Daniels in the 100 meters (11.31w) as well as the 400 meters (53.88), and Michael Stigler in the 400-meter hurdles, with his time of 51.47. As a team, KU came in first in the preliminaries of the women's 4x100-meter relay, with their 45.14 time, as well as the women's 4x400-meter relay (3:39.34). The men joined the preliminary party in the day's final race, capturing first place and qualifying for finals with their fastest time of 3:13.66 in the 4x400-meter relay.
The final day of competition in the 85th Kansas Relays gets underway at 8 a.m., with the first event featuring KU athletes at 10 a.m., the men's long jump. Follow all the day's action through the meet central page at kuathletics.com and follow on twitter at @KU_Track. The live web broadcast will begin via Jayhawk All-Access at 9:30 a.m.
DAY THREE NOTES