Jayhawks Successful in Final Tune Up at Arkansas Twilight
May 4, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kansas track and field closed out the regular season Friday night as the Jayhawks competed at the Arkansas Twilight in Fayetteville, Ark. Eleven Jayhawks recorded new personal best times and marks, many of which moved the athletes up the individual Big 12 rankings as the conference meet looms just one week away.
Kansas had a pair of successful performances in the 400 meters Friday evening. On the women’s side, junior Taylor Washington ran to the team’s second-fastest time this season, completing the one lap in 53.54. The time moves Washington up to No. 7 in the Big 12 Conference and gives her the 17th-ranked time in the West Region. The finish was also just .04 seconds off her career best.
Just minutes later, junior Kyle Clemons took the track, running in his first individual 400-meter race this year. Clemons ranks fourth on the all-time school list in the event and was looking to return to his usual dominance after fighting through an injury to start out this season. The Rowlett, Texas native blazed around the track, crossing the finish line in 46.83 to place fourth overall. The 400-meter time is the fastest by a KU sprinter this season and moves Clemons up to fifth in the conference.
Clemons returned to the track to close out the night, joined by freshmen teammates Mike Hester, Michael Stigler and Kenneth McCuin in the 4x400-meter relay. Running practically alone for the entire race, the four passed the baton around in 3:07.99, notching a new season best for the quartet. The time ranks 30th in the nation and fourth in the Big 12.
Both Jayhawks competing in the men’s javelin had outstanding outings earlier in the day. Seniors Iain Trimble and Daniel Hitman finished second and fourth respectively in the event, however it was the marks they were able to turn in that was the highlight of the day. Trimble hit a distance of 64.19 meters (210-07 ft.) on his third throw of the day, marking his best of the season. Hitman would wait until later in the competition to launch his best throw, a mark that measured 62.98 meters (206-07 ft.). The fifth-attempt mark notched a new lifetime best for the four-year veteran. Both throws move Trimble and Hitman into the top 12 of the Big 12 rankings and in prime position for some good throws at the conference meet next week.
Sophomore Timmie Morris ran to a new personal best in the 400-meter hurdles under the John McDonnell Field lights Friday night. Morris cleared the 10 hurdles in 1:02.17, topping her former personal record by well over two seconds. The time also put Morris at No. 14 in the conference rankings.
Moments later, Isaac Bradshaw duplicated Morris’ PR effort by recording a new personal best of his own in the 400-meter hurdles. The junior out of Jetmore, Kan. took the trip around the track in 53.97 to claim 11th-place overall.
Also taking to the track were KU’s long and triple jump All-Americans, Francine Simpson and Andrea Geubelle, however the two didn’t compete in their usual events. The juniors ran in the 100-meter dash, each recording personal records. Simpson finished as the runner-up, running a wind-aided time of 11.60, while Geubelle finished close behind at third with a time of 11.62, also wind-aided.
Other Jayhawks notching personal bests in Fayetteville were freshmen Lindsay Vollmer in the shot put (12.37m), Sara Seiwald in the 1,500 meters (4:48.32) and Kellum Schneider in the 800 meters (1:58.60),
With the regular season meets now complete, the men’s and women’s track teams can now turn their attention to the postseason. First up on the schedule is the Big 12 Outdoor Championships held in Manhattan, Kan., May 11-13. For complete coverage of the Jayhawks’ trip to the conference meet, log on to kuathletics.com and click on the meet central page. Also watch for updates on twitter at @KU_Track throughout the weekend.