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RUSSELL, GRUBER SPARK KU MEN AT INDIANA TRACK MEET

May 2, 1999

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— Scott Russell and Charlie Gruber claimed two events apiece to help Kansas University's men's track and field team capture the overall title at Saturday's Indiana Quadrangular.

Kansas' 186 points edged host Indiana (182) for first place, with Indiana State finishing third (176) and Kentucky fourth (99).

"At this kind of meet it really is a team effort," KU coach Gary Schwartz said. "The top two finishers for each school in the individual events were scored, so the format is really indicative of who's got the strongest track team.

"It's a great win for the men's team. We were going against schools that we normally don't see, so it was a close meet all the way through."

A close meet that was aided for the Jayhawk men by the performances of Russell, KU's 6-foot-9 sophomore All-American from Canada, and Gruber, a sophomore from Arvada, Colo.

"Scott had a big day -- probably our high-point total for the day," Schwartz said. "Charlie continues to improve, continues to get stronger. Those two guys had big days."

Russell won the javelin with a season-best throw of 237 feet, two inches. He also claimed the discus event with a toss of 174-2.

Gruber captured the 1500 with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:43.45, and took the 800 in 1:51.34.

Also taking first-place finishes for KU were senior Colby Miller in pole vault (16-9 1/4), freshman Ryan Speers in shot put (57-11 1/4) and sophomore Jabari Wamble in the 400 (47.03).

Kansas' women held off Kentucky for third place with 122 points. Indiana State grabbed the team title at 209, followed by Indiana at 202. UK finished with 110.

Two Jayhawk women captured firsts, as freshman Andrea Bulat won the javelin with a throw of 53-1 and sophomore Andrea Branson claimed the pole vault with a leap of 12-9 1/2.

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