Vault title highlight for KU

April 7, 2013


— Kansas University junior pole vaulter Natalia Bartnovskaya set the school vault record for the second consecutive week during the KU track-and-field team’s appearance at the Sun Angel Classic on Saturday.

KU had five NCAA top-10 performances on the day.

Bartnovskaya, the 2013 indoor NCAA pole vault champion, cleared 4.41 meters (14 feet, 51⁄2 inches), bettering her six-day-old school record of 4.31 meters (14-13⁄4) set at the Texas Relays.

It’s the third-best mark in the NCAA this season.

KU’s Heather Bergmann was the top collegiate finisher and third-place finisher overall in the javelin with a toss of 52.23 meters (171-4), and she’s fourth in the NCAA rankings.

Kansas’ 4X400-meter relay team — All-Americans Denesha Morris, Diamond Dixon, Taylor Washington and Paris Daniels — won in 3:32.26, the eighth-fastest time in the NCAA.

The men’s 4X400 relay team of Kyle Clemons, Michael Hester, Michael Stigler and Kenneth McCuin held off a pesky Arizona State squad to earn their first win of the outdoor campaign, in 3:05.95. That ranks eighth nationally.

KU junior Josh Munsch placed fourth in the 1,500 in a personal-best 3:43.03, the fifth-best time in the NCAA this season.

On Friday night, Natalie Becker won the 5,000 in 16:57.82, and Andrea Geubelle placed third in her first outdoor long jump of the season at 6.31 meters (20-41⁄2).


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