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KU vaulter Scott takes Big 12 title

February 28, 2009

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— Jordan Scott won his third-consecutive Big 12 Championship in the pole vault after tying a career-best vault of 18-21⁄2 to lead Kansas University on Friday at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships.

“It feels great to come here and keep my streak alive,” Scott said. “This is my third indoor championship, so it’s good to know that I keep getting better.”

With his performance, Scott moves from fourth to a tie for second in the nation in the pole vault this season. The junior from Watkinsville, Ga., joins Egor Agafonov (2006-2008, weight throw) as the only two Jayhawks to pull off the Big 12 Championship three-peat. It also marks the fifth time in seven meets this season that Scott has won the pole vault title. With the NCAA Indoor coming up in two weeks at the same venue, he is poised to make a run at a national championship.

“I am really looking forward to nationals,” Scott said. “I want to reach that next level, so I am going to get it.”

Scott scored 10 points for the Jayhawks. Junior Kirk Cooper added 31⁄2 points for KU after a season-best pole vault of 16-43⁄4, good for a tie for fifth place. Sophomore Cooper Merrill followed in 10th place with a personal-best leap of 15-11

Lauren Bonds and 12 other athletes broke the facility record in the prelims of the women’s 1,000 meters. Bonds placed third in her heat and fifth overall with a season-best time of 2:51.47 to qualify for tomorrow's finals.

Keron Toussaint was one of three competitors to break the facility record in the men’s 600, posting a time of 1:10.23 to place second in the third heat. The sophomore from Free State High qualified for today’s finals with his performance, which was also a personal-best 600-yard time.

Despite hitting the last hurdle, freshman Keith Hayes ran a personal-best time of 7.97 in the 60-meter hurdles en route to finishing third in the first heat. The Wichita product qualified for today’s final after posting the sixth-best time out of the two heats. Freshman Keyen Porter also ran a personal-best in the 60-meter hurdles (8.06), but it was not enough to advance to the finals.

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