Mesa, Ariz. Kansas University’s Jessica Maroszek, Alena Krechyk and Paris Daniels turned in NCAA top-five performances, and Jayhawks claimed victories in four other events Friday at the Mesa Track and Field Classic.
In the discus, Maroszek hit a distance of 55.60 meters (182 feet, 5 inches) on her third throw of the day to post her best mark ever in NCAA competition. The throw is the third-longest in the NCAA this season and earned Maroszek a fourth-place finish.
In the hammer, Krechyk turned in a season-best toss of 66.86 meters (219-4) to win the event for the second consecutive week. Her throw is the second-farthest in the nation this year.
The Jayhawk women won three of the five track events in which they were entered.
In the 200, KU swept the top five places. Daniels set the meet record with a time of 23.25, outpacing runner-up Diamond Dixon, who clocked in at 23.57. Both times were good enough to break the meet record and move the KU duo into the top-15 of this season’s NCAA rankings.
Kansas’ 4x100-meter team of Andrea Geubelle, Sydney Conley, Denesha Morris and Dixon won in 45.09 to set the meet record.
Junior Josh Munsch ran away from the field in the 800 meters in 1:51.92.
The KU men also dominated the 200 meters. Five Jayhawks finished in the top eight, with Kyle Clemons winning in 21.51, his fastest time in nearly two seasons.
And Nick Maestretti tied for first in the pole vault at 4.88 meters (16 feet).