The Kansas women maintained the lead after the second day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships after Thursday’s events and will look to field events today to add to its total.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
The Jayhawks collected a fourth-place finish from Jessica Maroszek in the discus, good for five points, and pushed Kansas’ total to 22. Arizona State stands second with 20 points.
But with two days remaining at the meet at Eugene, Ore., the biggest threats to top-ranked Kansas are teams with their best events, based on past performance and depth, ahead. Texas A&M, Oregon, Florida, Arizona, Arkansas and LSU could all make a run to the title.
Thursday, Maroszek got off a heave of 183 feet, 0 inches on her third attempt, which was good enough to take fourth, one place higher than where she was seeded.
The Jayhawks’ Lindsay Vollmer got off to a solid start in the heptathlon. With four of seven events completed, Vollmer stands in third place.
She took seventh in the 100 meter hurdles, 11th in the shot put, matched her personal best 5-83/4 in the high jump and ran the fastest 200 of her career in 24.37. Three events — the long jump, javelin and 800 will be conducted Friday.
Kansas sprinter Paris Daniels pushed through to Saturday’s 200 final, winning her heat in 22.54 seconds and qualifying third overall.
Daniels also was part of the 1,600-meter relay team that qualified for Saturday’s final in a time of 3:31.96.
UMKC sophomore Courtney Frerichs finished third in her heat of the 3000-meter steeplechase and qualified for Saturday’s final with the sixth fastest time among the 12 qualifiers at 10:02.02.
On the men’s side, Kansas State long jumper Jharyl Bowery scored with a seventh place finish. On his second attempt, Bowry went 25-81/4 feet.
As the meet enters its third day, the Jayhawks will have scoring opportunities in the field events.
Natalia Bartnovskaya, one of three women to clear 14-7 in the pole vault this season and the NCAA indoor champion, ranks among the favorites. Teammate Christen Guenther is also among the 24 vaulters, as is Missouri’s Katrine Haarklau.
Kansas also had the national indoor triple jump champion in Andrea Guebelle, who will look to win the outdoor title as well.
The day also features the men’s high jump, where Kansas State’s Erik Kynard, who last year won this event and went on to the silver medal at the Olympic Games, is the clear favorite.
To reach Blair Kerkhoff, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org