Archive for Saturday, March 20, 1999

S 27-YEAR-OLD HAMMER RECORD.

March 20, 1999

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One of the oldest of Kansas University's men's track and field records was broken Thursday when sophomore Scott Russell threw the hammer 213-7 in a meet at Emporia State.

Russell, a sophomore from Windsor, Ontario, shattered the old mark of 202-1 set by Bill Penny in 1971. That's the same Bill Penny who lives in Lawrence and runs Penny Concrete Co.

Russell also won the shot put Thursday with a toss of 56-3. The 6-foot-9, 300-pound Canadian now holds KU records in the hammer and 35-pound weight throw. He also ranks second in the javelin.

Also in Emporia, Big 12 Indoor champ Andrea Branson won the pole vault with a Sherre-Khan Blackmon won the 400 in 59.93 while Betsy Cordell won the javelin with a career-best 145-8 throw.

On the men's side, Kansas swept the pole vault with senior Colby Miller tied for second at 15-7.

The Jayhawks are scheduled to compete today at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, Texas.

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