Kansas Track & Field Sending Six to NACAC U23 Championships
July 3, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Six members of the University of Kansas track and field team will compete for Team USA this weekend when they travel to Guanajuato, Mexico for the bi-annual North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships to be held July 6-8.
Headlining the group will be sprinter Diamond Dixon, who will travel to London later this month as a member of the Olympic 4x400-meter relay team. Dixon has been successful on the international stage already in her young career, winning Gold as a member of the Team USA's 4x400-meter relay team last year at the Pan American Junior Games. She also was a gold medalist at the 2010 World Junior Games as part of the girl's 4x400-meter relay. The junior-to-be will compete in the 4x400-meter relay in Mexico on Sunday, July 8 at 12:05 p.m. (CT).
Triple jumper Andrea Geubelle, who, like Dixon, claimed a NCAA national championship earlier this season in her event, will also compete for the U.S. this weekend. Geubelle took home a bronze medal from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials last week in Eugene, Ore., and hopes to take gold in the triple jump Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m.
Senior-to-be Mason Finley will be in action this weekend in the discus. Finley was the 2012 NCAA runner-up in the event and holds a personal best mark of 61.40 meters (201-5 ft.), thrown earlier this season. In international competition a year ago, he won bronze in the shot put at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. The Salida, Colo., native will begin discus competition this week in Mexico at 6 p.m., on Friday July 6.
Outgoing senior Rebeka Stowe will run in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase on Saturday, July 7 at 6:20 p.m. Stowe is the school record holder and won the Big 12 Outdoor Championship in the event in May.
Sophomore-to-be Michael Stigler is another reigning conference champion who will compete for the U.S. in Mexico. The Canyon, Texas native is coming off an outstanding performance at the U.S. Olympic Trials last week, where he qualified all the way to the finals of the 400-meter hurdles. Stigler will run in the 400-meter hurdles on Sunday, July 8 at 10:20 a.m.
Also competing on Sunday will be Heather Bergmann in the javelin. The Academic All-American was the Big 12 runner-up in the event earlier this season and also saw action at the Olympic Trials in Eugene last week. The senior-to-be is slated to begin her competition at 10:30 a.m.
Finley will kick things off on Friday, July 6 in the discus throw while Dixon will conclude the meet for the Jayhawks on Sunday in the 4x400-meter relay. For updates, recaps and results throughout the weekend log on to KUAthletics.com and follow on twitter at @KU_Track.