College Station, Texas Kansas University junior Francine Simpson won the women’s long jump championship Friday at the Big 12 Indoor track and field championships.
It was KU’s first indoor conference title in nearly two years and helped the Jayhawks take the lead in the team standings with 52 points through day one. KU is sixth in the men’s championships with 19.5 points.
Simpson won the triple jump with a distance of 20 feet, 7 3/4 inches. Teammate Andrea Geubelle was second with a mark of 20-3 1/2. The two Jayhawks claimed 18 points toward the team total, the most of any group on the day.
Alena Krechyk had another career outing in the weight throw. The senior broke her school record three times through the six-throw competition. She finished second with a toss of 68-11 1/4.
Women’s pole vaulter Demi Payne took second place (13-7 1/4).
Meanwhile, KU men’s pole vaulter Alex Bishop claimed third place with a jump of 16-10 3/4. Bishop was joined by freshman Greg Lupton (fourth) and Regan Gilbert (tied for seventh) to help add to the team scoring. The trio amassed 11.5 points to the men’s score, the most for any KU men’s group on the day.