Lauren Bonds became the third Kansas University track and field athlete this season to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships to lead the way for the Jayhawks as they wrapped up competition Saturday at both the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa.
Bonds ran an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 4:43.74 to place fifth in the women’s mile at the ISU Classic. The junior from Hutchinson joins junior Jordan Scott (automatic) and senior Colby Wissel (provisional) as 2009 KU NCAA Indoor qualifiers.
Also in Ames, sophomore Amanda Miller placed 13th in the women’s 5,000 meters after running a personal-best time of 17:09.27. On the men’s side, junior Dan Van Orsdel placed 15th in the 5,000 meters in 15:30.54.
In the non-seeded women’s mile, junior Alison Knoll achieved a personal-best time of 5:12.48 to finish 10th. Freshman Donny Wasinger continued his weekly improvement in the mile, running another personal best of 4:16.01 to finish seventh.
At the Tyson Invitational, Corey Fuller had the best KU finish with a second-place showing in the men’s triple jump. The freshman from Baltimore had his second top-three finish in two weeks after jumping 15.09 meters (49 feet, 61⁄4 inches).
Scott had another solid performance, placing third in the men’s pole vault at 5.20 meters (17-03⁄4). Junior Kirk Cooper placed 10th after a pole vault of 4.90 meters (16-03⁄4), matching a season-best.
Keith Hayes, who earned a spot in the 60-meter hurdles consolation race, finished in fifth place Saturday in Fayetteville after clocking in at 8.06.