LAWRENCE | The best women’s track and field team in the land? Would you believe Kansas?
The KU women’s track and field team was ranked No. 1 in the nation on Tuesday in the latest rankings announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches.
It marks the first time any KU track squad – men’s or women’s – has been No. 1 since the current system began in 2008. How’d the Jayhawks get there? The squad now has seven athletes ranked among the nation’s top 10 in seven different events. And the list doesn't even include sprinter Diamond Dixon, who won a relay gold medal in last summer's Olympics.
Among the highlights: Senior Andrea Geubelle, who was selected the national athlete of the week on Monday, currently holds the NCAA’s top mark in the long jump (6.69m) and is No. 2 in the triple jump (13.45m). Senior Alena Krechyk also moved up to No. 2 in the weight throw after breaking her own school record (21.76m) last weekend in New York. And junior Natalia Bartnovskaya holds the third-best pole vault in the nation after setting a school record (14-1.25 ft.) last weekend.
Senior sprinter Paris Daniels, sophomore pentathlete Lindsay Vollmer, junior vaulter Demi Payne and senior jumper Francine Simpson are also ranked in the top 10 in their events.
KU will continue the indoor season this weekend when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to take part in the Tyson Invitational Feb. 8-9.