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Kansas track adds to NCAA Outdoor traveling party at Preliminary

May 29, 2011

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— Five additional Kansas University track and field athletes earned a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships — and two more qualified for a second time — based on their performances Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships West Preliminary.

On the women’s side, the 4x400-meter relay team of Kendra Bradley, Diamond Dixon, Shayla Wilson and Taylor Washington placed fifth in 3:35.01, and Jessica Marozsek placed third in the discus at 176 feet, 11 inches to earn a trip to the Outdoor, which will be held June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa.

For the KU men, Donny Wasinger (13th in the 1,500, 3:47.28) and Mason Finley (third in the discus at 187-11) also advanced.

Kansas will send a 12 athletes to compete in 12 events at the NCAA Outdoor: Heather Bergmann (women’s javelin), Bradley (women’s 4x400), Kyle Clemons (men’s 400 meters), Dixon (women’s 400 meters, women’s 4x400), Finley (men’s shot put, men’s discus), Andrea Geubelle (women’s long jump, women’s triple jump), Maroszek (women’s discus), Rebeka Stowe (women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase), Johann Swanepoel (men’s javelin), Washington (women’s 4x400), Wasinger (men’s 1,500 meters) and Wilson (women’s 4x400).

“Overall, I am pleased with our performance here this weekend,” Kansas coach Stanley Redwine said. “We had a couple of disappointments and a few people who really stepped up in big moments, and that is usually what happens with track and field. You cannot predict the weather or other conditions.”

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