Archive for Saturday, March 20, 1999


March 20, 1999


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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