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First of all: KU women claim first Outdoor track crown

Members of Kansas University’s women’s track and field team celebrate the school’s first Big 12 Outdoor title on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Waco, Texas.

Members of Kansas University’s women’s track and field team celebrate the school’s first Big 12 Outdoor title on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Waco, Texas.

May 6, 2013

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Members of Kansas University’s women’s track and field team celebrate the school’s first Big 12 Outdoor title on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Waco, Texas.

Members of Kansas University’s women’s track and field team celebrate the school’s first Big 12 Outdoor title on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Waco, Texas.

Kansas' Paris Daniels, left, edges out Texas' Courtney Okolo to win the women's 4X400-meter relay during the Big 12 Conference Outdoors on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Waco, Texas.

Kansas' Paris Daniels, left, edges out Texas' Courtney Okolo to win the women's 4X400-meter relay during the Big 12 Conference Outdoors on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Waco, Texas.

— Paris Daniels won an individual title, was second in another event and ran legs on two winning relay teams Sunday to help Kansas University win the first Big 12 Outdoor team title in program history.

Daniels repeated as champion in the 200 meters, placed second in the 100 and ran on the winning 4X100-meter relay team as the Jayhawks scored 158 points to hold off defending champ Texas (145 points).

“Today was a total team effort, and I couldn’t be happier for everyone involved in this championship,” 13-year KU coach Stanley Redwine said. “The team knew what was on the line, and the ladies went out there and competed so well. To have eight individual champions today was outstanding and well deserved. It’s just a great day for KU.”

Daniels ran with Tianna Valentine, Denesha Morris and Diamond Dixon to win the 4X100 in 43.89 seconds.

Daniels was runner-up in the 100 in 11.34 seconds and won the 200 in 22.73.

Having already clinched the team title, Daniels, Morris, Dixon and Taylor Washington added the 4X400 relay crown, too, in a season-best 3:32.

Daniels scored 23 of KU’s 84 points Sunday. She was the high-point scorer of the meet and was named the meet’s outstanding performer: a first for a KU woman.

Dixon also played a big role in the team scoring. In addition the 4X100-meter and 4X400-meter relay titles, she also earned her third straight outdoor 400 championship. She won in 51.73 seconds.

Dixon also was fourth in the 200 in a personal-best 23.38.

In the women’s triple jump, KU’s Andrea Geubelle became just the second woman in Big 12 history to repeat as league champion in both indoor and outdoor triple jumps. She cleared 13.55 meters (44 feet, 51⁄2 inches) on her first jump, and none of the other 12 athletes came within 21⁄2 feet of that mark the rest of the day. Geubelle eventually improved to 13.59 meters (44-7) on her fourth try.

Also for KU, junior Jessica Maroszek turned in the best performance of her career. The Seymour, Wis., native never trailed in the event leading from her first attempt of the afternoon. On her third attempt, Maroszek unleashed a throw of 56.81 meters (186-5), which not only tallied a new personal best, but also smashed her own school record in the event. Only one other thrower was able to come within 10 feet of Maroszek’s record mark, earning her the first conference title of her career and the first discus title for a Jayhawk since 1986.

Kansas’ men placed fifth in the nine-team Big 12. Texas won with 1461⁄2 points. Kansas had 96.

WOMEN

Team scores: 1. Kansas 158; 2. Texas 145; 3. Baylor 93; 4. Iowa State 89; 5. Oklahoma 78.50; 6. Texas Tech 77.50; 7. Kansas State 66; 8. West Virginia 40; 9. TCU 39; 10. Oklahoma State 33.

Kansas results

100 — 2. Paris Daniels, 11.34.

200 — 1. Paris Daniels, 22.73; 4. Diamond Dixon, 23.38.

400 — 1. Diamond Dixon, 51.73; 6. Denesha Morris, 53.77.

1500 — 4. Hannah Richardson, 4:26.80; 6. Natalie Becker, 4:31.00.

5K — 14. Natalie Becker, 17:17.84; 21. Kyra Kilwein, 18:00.57.

4x100 relay — 1. Kansas (Paris Daniels, Tianna Valentine, Denesha Morris, Diamond Dixon), 43.89.

4x400 relay — 1. Kansas (Denesha Morris, Diamond Dixon, Taylor Washington, Paris Daniels), 3:32.00.

High jump — 4. Lindsay Vollmer, 1.78 meters (5 feet, 83⁄4 inches); 9. Ashley Shearer, 1.67 (5-5 3/4).

Triple jump — 1. Andrea Geubelle, 13.59 meters (44 feet, 7 inches); 4. Francine Simpson, 12.68 (41-7 1/4); 10. Amanda Caines, 11.42 (37-5 3/4).

Discus — 1. Jessica Maroszek, 56. 81 meters (186 feet, 5 inches); 4. Anastasiya Muchkay, 50.69 (166-4).

Javelin — 3. Heather Bergmann, 49.30 meters (161 feet, 9 inches); 13. Lindsay Vollmer, 39.75 (130-5); 14. Anastasiya Muchkay, 35.61 (116-10); 18. Rebecca Neville, 31.21 (105-8).

MEN

Team scores: 1. Texas 146.50; 2. Oklahoma 133; 3. Texas Tech 117.50; 4. Kansas State 96; 5. Kansas 82.50; 6. TCU 75; 7. Baylor 61; 8. Oklahoma State 56; 9. Iowa State 51.50.

Kansas results

100 — 6. DeMario Johnson, 10.55.

200 — 8. DeMario Johnson, 21.34.

400 — 1. Kyle Clemons, 45.10.

800 — 3. Brendan Soucie, 1:51.21.

1500 — 3. Josh Munsch, 3:41.58.

5K — 8. Josh Munsch, 14:16.13; 11. Reid Buchanan, 14:34.24; 12. Evan Landes, 14:35.82; 18. Josh Baden, 14:59.65; 21. James Wilson, 15:06.28.

110 hurdles — 6. Michael Stigler, 14.18.

400 hurdles — 1. Michael Stigler, 49.79; 8. Nick Ucherek, 53.33.

4x100 relay —7. Kansas (Shawn Smith, Kyle Clemons, Michael Stigler, DeMario Johnson), 40.87.

4x400 relay — 1. Kansas (Kyle Clemons, DeMario Johnson, Michael Stigler, Kenneth McCuin), 3:07.72.

Pole vault — T2. Casey Bowen, 5.19 meters (17 feet, 1⁄4 inch); T6. Alex Bishop, 5.04 (16-6.5); T6. Nick Maestretti, 5.04 (16-6.5); T10. Jake Albright, 4.89 (16-1/2).

Triple jump — 8. Richard Smith, 14.18 meters (46 feet, 61⁄4 inches).

Javelin — 1. Jesse Vaughn, 67.86 meters (222 feet, 8 inches).

Comments

Linda and Bill Houghton 1 year, 7 months ago

Up in the body of the article Maroszek's result in the discus is way off. 56.81 meters is not 52' 1 3/4". They got it right down in the listing of all the events that KU scored in.(186' 5")

Brendon Allen 1 year, 7 months ago

First off awesome job ladies... Now a bit off topic but somewhat interesting to me was the natural racial segregation of the photo. Maybe it is just by relay teams or something and happened to work that way but it just struck me that even though many of the racial barriers have been broken down that people themselves still tend to voluntarily segregate themselves even on a "team".

James Minor 1 year, 7 months ago

ksballen - Sometimes a picture is just a picture. Don't celebrate their victory with ignorance.

riverdrifter 1 year, 7 months ago

YES! Give that Redwine a raise! Great job!

Brendon Allen 1 year, 7 months ago

It is an observation not ignorance. I also claim there could be another reason for it so maybe you are right. Not taking anything away from them at all as it has nothing to do with it, it just struck me as interesting when the picture poped up as a social commentary. That is all, you can take it how you want or take it for what it was. But then again any comment about race at all these days either means you are a racist, ignorant, or a troll. God forbid we actually had an open and honest dialog on it instead of knee jerk reactions. Ugg you are right I am ruining this awesome achievement and should have realized this would be the reaction to an innocent observation.

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