Theres a saying in track and field all sports, really that you cant win a team title on the first day of the NCAA Championships.
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But on Wednesday in Eugene, Ore., the No. 1-ranked Kansas women were in position to set the tone for a historic week. And after nearly six hours of events including a handful of finals the title picture was still plenty cloudy.
KU senior Alena Krechyk began the day by taking third place in the womens hammer throw with a throw of 223 feet, 10 inches, and senior Andrea Geubelle finished second in the long jump.
But in a shocker, junior Diamond Dixon failed to qualify for the womens 400 meter final after finishing third in her heat. Dixon, who finished in 52.38 seconds, had placed third at the NCAA Championships last year before winning a relay gold medal at the Olympics in London.
Still, KU stayed in contention with a couple of top-three finishes.
Krechyk, a native of Grodno, Belarus, improved on her sixth place finish at last years NCAA outdoor meet, giving the Jayhawks six points. And Geubelle scored eight points while holding onto second with a jump of 21 feet, 2 inches.
Senior Heather Bergmann added a sixth-place finish in the javelin. The Jayhawks finished the day in first place in the team competition with 17 points.
• Kansas State junior Kyle Wait, from Hardner Edgerton, finished in a four-way tie for seventh in the mens pole vault after clearing 17 feet, 8.5 inches.
Kansas said Wednesday that it will play a home-and-home football series with Hawaii beginning in 2016.
The series will open in Lawrence on Sept. 24, 2016, with the return game coming a year later, on Sept. 2, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
KC is Big 12 country
A year ago, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden was optimistic about St. Louis and Kansas Citys chances of hosting the Southeastern Conferences mens basketball tournament one day.
But now, with St. Louis apparently in line to host the event in 2017, one cant help but wonder: Where was Kansas City in all this?
Well, according to Kansas City Sports Commission president Kathy Nelson, while the citys leaders did receive a request for proposal to host the event, they ultimately decided against bidding for it last summer because of potential conflicts with the Big 12 tournament in future years.
We are in the heart of Big 12 country, and thats what were known for, Nelson said. We looked at (hosting the SEC tournament) with different leaders and it didnt make a lot of sense to not maintain a solid working relationship with the Big 12.
The Big 12 is set in Kansas City through 2016, and the league has a deal with Sprint Center for the right of first refusal in future years. Nelson said the Big 12 has until March 2015 to decide whether it wants to extend, which if it does would make hosting the SEC tournament in 2017 and 2018 unfeasible.
The Stars Rustin Dodd and Terez A. Paylor contributed to this report.