New York Kansas University senior sprinter Diamond Dixon posted one of the fastest 500-meter times ever by a collegian as she claimed an easy victory in the event Friday night inside The Armory Track & Field Center. Eleven other Jayhawks turned in personal record performances as both the men’s and women’s squads wrapped up a solid first day at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
Dixon was never threatened in her first career 500-meter race as she led the 2.5-lap race from start to finish. She crossed the finish in 1:10.06, two seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher. Her mark improved on Shayla Wilson’s two-year-old school record by more than three seconds. The Houston native’s time was also the fastest run by an American in 2014 and put her just .01 seconds from being one of the all-time 10-fastest Americans in the event.
In the men’s 500 meters, a pair of Jayhawks were also able to turn in some impressive times. Juniors Kenneth McCuin and Michael Stigler ran neck-and-neck for the majority of the race, however it was McCuin who managed to lean across the line just ahead of his All-American teammate. McCuin clocked in at a personal best 1:02.13, while Stigler was not for behind in 1:02.33 as they finished fourth and fifth, respectively. McCuin’s time was the second-fastest ever by a Jayhawk in the 500 meters.
Senior Natalia Bartnovskaya again had a successful outing as she competed in the championship division of the women’s pole vault. She cleared a top height of 13-11 1/4 on her second attempt at the height and took third place.
The Jayhawks will return for day two of the Armory Collegiate Invitational today.
Armory Collegiate Invitational
Friday in New York, NY
Kansas Day One results
Women’s shot put (Championship): 5. Anastasiya Muchkayev, 15.78 meters. 8. Jessica Maroscek, 15.38 meters. 26. Dasha Tsema, 12.45 meters.
Men’s long jump (College): 29. Caleb Cowling, 6.75 meters.
Women’s pole vault (College): 4. Jaime House, 3.75 meters. 11. Abby Row. 3.65 meters.
Women’s high jump (College): 4. Colleen O’Brien, 1.75 meters. 14. Grace Pickell, 1.66 meters.
Men’s high jump (College): 14. Jonathan Fuller, 2.01 meters.
Men’s shot put (Championship): 26. Paul Golen, 15.09 meters.
Women’s long jump (Championship): 8. Sydney Conley, 6.00 meters.
Women’s pole vault (Championship): 3. Natalia Bartnovskaya, 4.25 meters.
Women’s 3,000-meter run (Eastern): 23. Hayley Francis, 10:22.37.
Women’s 500-meter dash (College): 15. Mackenzie Klaver, 1:16.71. 32. Timmie Morris, 1:18.88.
Women’s 1,000-meter run (Championship): 19. Kelli McKenna, 2:53.57. 20. Lydia Saggau, 2:53.63. 30. Nashia Baker, 2:57.03. 31. Maddie Rich, 2:57.23. 41. Malika Baker, 3:01.61.
Men’s 1,000-meter run (Championship): 12. Daniel Koech, 2:27.22.
Women’s 500-meter dash (Championship): 1. Diamond Dixon, 1:10:06. 4. Timmie Morris, 1:12.92.
Men’s 500-meter dash (Championship): 4. Kenneth McCuin, 1:02:13. 4. Michael Stigler, 1:02.33.
Women’s distance medley relay (Championship): 5. Hannah Richardson, Whitney Adams, Rhavean King, Natalie Becker, 11:28.81.