Archive for Sunday, January 14, 2001


January 14, 2001


Russell, a senior All-American, won the weight throw competition with a toss of 70-2 1/4. KU junior Ryan Speers won the shot put with a toss of 61-0, provisionally qualifying him for the indoor meet as well.

"We had a few athletes that had great days for us," KU coach Stanley Redwine said. "We are excited about Scott Russell's automatic NCAA berth in the weight throw. Ryan Speers, Charlie Gruber, Jabari Wamble and Jennifer Foster all came up big for us today. We gave our all today."

Gruber, a senior All-American, won the mile in 4:08.57 and also ran a leg in the winning 4x400 meter relay team. Wamble, who also was a member of the 4x400 relay team, won the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.05.

On the women's side, Foster placed second in both the shot put (45-10 3/4) and weight throw (50-2) events. Senior All-American Andrea Branson finished third in the pole vault with a mark of 11-9 3/4, while the Jayhawks 4x400 meter relay team took second with a time of 4:00.54.

"It was our first meet after the Christmas break and I thought we competed hard as a team," Redwine said. "As a team, our conditioning isn't where I would like to see it, but we just need to get back to business and start training again."

Kansas will travel to the Missouri Invitational on Friday in Columbia.

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