LAWRENCE, Kan. - KU saved its best for the last day of the 85th Kansas Relays, as the Jayhawks broke three records en route to eight first-place finishes and had nine athletes who earned career-performances.
The broken records came on historic Hershberger Track as the Kansas women's relay teams would write a chapter of their own in the KU history books. The 4x400 relay team of Denesha Morris, Paris Daniels, Shayla Wilson and Diamond Dixon set new program and Kansas Relay records with their 3:31.87 time and first-place finish. The team's fast performance was the sixth best in the event this year around the U.S., and broke the Kansas school record of 3:33.00, set during last year's NCAA Championships. The mark also surpassed Lincoln University's 3:36.29 record time during the 2007 Kansas Relays.
The second KU record to fall would come during the women's 4x100 meter relay, a team that broke its own school record which was set earlier this season. The quartet of Paris Daniels, Francine Simpson, Denesha Morris and Diamond Dixon finished in first place with a time of 44.32, which surpassed the 44.45 mark they achieved at the UTEP relays last week.
Dixon would not be done setting new standards as her performance in the 400-meter invitational would be the fastest in the NCAA so far this season. Her 51.80 time was the ninth best in world this year and gave her second place in her first-ever invitational event.
Other Jayhawk runners taking to the podium on Saturday included Don Wasinger, who captured his third straight 1500 meters title with his 3:47.76 time. Both Alisha Keys and Taylor Washington struck gold for the KU women, with Keys coming in first during the women's 200-meter dash (24.36), while Washington was the fastest in the 400-meters as she crossed the finish line in 54.37. Competing in her final Kansas Relays, senior Rebeka Stowe earned a second-place finish in the women's 1500 meters with a new KU career-best time of 4:22.50.
The Kansas men made sure the 2012 Relays ended in golden fashion as they ran to a first-place finish in the meet's final track event. The foursome of Michael Stigler, Mike Hester, Kenneth McCuin and Kyle Clemons finished with a 3:08.67 time and made their way to the podium for the final medal presentation.
In the field events, thrower Jessica Maroszek was the best in the discus, with a distance of 53.06m (174-01 ft.), while Andrea Geubelle's 6.50m (21-04.00 ft.) jump gave her a new KU career best and a first-place finish in the women's long jump. Geubelle beat out more than two- ozen competitors to capture the crown.
As a team, Head Coach Stanley Redwine's bunch earned first or second place finishes in a total of 13 events Saturday. The Jayhawks, as a team, earned 27 first-place finishes in final events during the four-day meet.
KU now has two weeks to rest before they travel to Fayetteville, Ark. on May 4 to compete in the Arkansas Twilight.
DAY FOUR NOTES -The Women's 4x100-meter relay team (Paris Daniels, Francine Simpson, Denesha Morris, Diamond Dixon) set a new school record in the event with their 44.32 time and first-place finish. The quartet surpassed their previous program record of 44.45, which they set last week at the UTEP Relays.
-Rebeka Stowe's time of 4:22.50 in the 1500 meter run set a new KU career best for her, surpassing her previous fastest time of 4:25.01 at the 2011 Big 12 Championships.
-Pole vaulter Sarah Hedberg equaled her best height while at KU with her 3.80m (12-05.50 ft.) vault... Her previous 3.80m try came earlier this month at the Emporia State Relays.
-Abby Row also equaled her career best vault with her 3.65m (11-11.75 ft.)
height this afternoon... Like her teammate, that also came at the Emporia State Relays.
-Shayla Wilson earned a new Kansas career best time in the 800 meters with her 2:10.12 time and third-place finish... She surpassed her previous fastest mark of 2:11.18, which she earned at the Arkansas Twilight during the 2011 outdoor season.
-Brendan Soucie's 800 meter time of 1:52.90 was his fastest outdoor time while at KU... It surpassed his old fastest mark of 1:54.32 set at the John Jacobs Invitational in 2011.
-Andrea Geubelle earned a new KU fastest time in the 100-meter dash with her 11.83 performance... Her previous outdoor best in the event was 11.95 last week at the UTEP Relays.
-Nick Giancana equaled his career best outdoor height of 2.10m in the high jump... His other 6-08.75 ft. jump came earlier this year at the Texas Relays.
-Diamond Dixon's 51.80 time in the 400-meter invitational was the ninth fastest time in the world this season and the fastest in the NCAA.
-Thrower Joel Krause hurled a KU career best attempt in the discus (47.50m/155-10 ft.), which broke his previous farthest throw of 47.08m that he accomplished at the Emporia State Relays earlier this season.
-Andrea Geubelle jumped to a new career best distance of 6.50m (21-04.00 ft.) after winning gold in the long jump... Her previous longest jump was measured at 6.44m, which she accomplished during last year's Big 12 Championships.
-Women's 4x400 relay team of Denesha Morris, Paris Daniels, Shayla Wilson and Diamond Dixon new KU and Kansas Relays records with 3:31.87 time... The previous school record was 3:33.00, set during last year's NCAA Championships... The mark today also surpassed Lincoln University's 3:36.29 record time during the 2007 Kansas Relays.