Emilianov, Anderson win Big 12 titles for KU track on final day of Big 12 Championship

Kansas athletes Alexandra Emilianov and Rylee Anderson claimed individual Big 12 titles in their events on the final day of the Big 12 Indoor Championship in Lubbock, Texas on Saturday.

The Kansas women finished sixth overall with 68.5 points, while the Kansas men tied for eighth with 51 points. Texas claimed both the men’s and women’s team titles, with the men scoring 141 points and the women scoring 154.5 points.

To lead the way for Kansas, Emilianov, a senior, claimed the women’s shot put title. Anderson, a KU junior, won the women’s high jump title.

Emilianov progressed through her throws on Saturday, as she improved upon her previous mark on five of six throws. On her fifth throw, Emilianov let loose a throw of 16.74 meters (54-11 1/4 feet) to set a new career-best and make her the first Jayhawk to win a Big 12 Indoor title in the women’s shot put.

Anderson won a title of her own when she cleared a season-best 1.81 meters (5-11 1/4 feet) on her second high jump attempt. Anderson only missed twice en route to her first career Big 12 Championship, and she becomes the first KU woman to win a Big 12 title in high jump.

The Jayhawks had a total of 21 athletes make the podium for the weekend, including seven top-eight finishes.

The 2021 NCAA Indoor Championship will take place March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Championships will be announced at a later date.

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