Archive for Sunday, April 11, 1999


April 11, 1999


— Kansas' Scott Russell won the discus, hammer and javelin throws and was second in the shot put, pacing Kansas to the Woodman Track Classic title on Saturday at Cessna Stadium.

The Jayhawks combined men's and women's teams to score 275 points. Wichita State placed second at 259, while UMKC was third in 241.

Russell's hammer throw (198-11) was third best in KU history and his javelin throw (236-3) was fourth best all-time.

He threw the discus 172-2 and the shot put 48-6 1/4. KU's Ryan Speers won the shot in 55-5 3/4.

Charlie Gruber won the 800 in an NCAA provisional best 1:48.3. His time was fourth best in school history.

Colby Miller established a personal record in the pole vault in an NCAA provisional-best 17-6 3/4, good for first place.

Other KU men's winners: Jabari Wamble, 400 meters (48.03); Kevin McGinn, 1,500 (4:00.54); Brian Blachly, 3,000 (8:52.99); Dorian Jordan, high jump (6-2); and Lester Smith, triple jump (48-10 1/2). The 1,600 relay team of Grady Blackmon, Tywanne Aldridge, Charlie Gruber and Dave Tomlin won in 3:16.03.

Marlea Woodman won the discus (140-5) and placed second in the shot put (41-4 1/2) and hammer throw (141-0). Three-time All-American Candy Mason and two-time All-American Andrea Branson collected 15 points apiece. Mason won the long jump (18-9) and finished third in the 100 hurdles (14.84) and high jump (5-4 1/4), while Branson won the pole vault (13-0) and placed second in the triple jump (35-0) and fourth in the long jump (17-6 3/4).

Freshman Jennifer Foster won the shot put (43-4 1/4) and placed third in the discus (126-11) and fourth in the hammer (128-7).

"When you go to a scored meet, you go to win it," KU coach Gary Schwartz said. "And we did that without sacrificing bodies. We did not want to enter our top athletes in every event. I don't want to run Candy, Andrea or Scott in a lot of events because I didn't want to tire them out for next weekend's Mount Sac and Drake Relays. In the end, it's all about scoring and I thought everyone responded well to that challenge."

Seconds were earned by: Tamra Montgomery, 100; Sherre-Khan Blackmon, 400; Andrea Bulat, javelin; Dave Tomlin, 100; Andy Morris, high jump; Armond Enclarde, triple jump. Thirds were claimed by: Eniola Ajayi, 200; Katie Eisenmenger, 1,500; Jennifer Foster, discus; Betsy Cordell, javelin; Wamble, 200; Craig Hettche, 1,500; Morris, long jump; Darin Schmitz, discus; and Chris Dunback, hammer.

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