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Area track athletes excel at NCAA championships
06/12/2014 10:49 AM
Kansas junior and defending NCAA outdoor heptathlon champion Lindsay Vollmer ended Thursday in second place at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore.
She had 3,493 points, 192 points behind Kendell Williams of Georgia.
Kansas’ Jessica Maroszek finished sixth in the discus, , unable to get a fair mark in any of the throws in the finals. He best mark was 179 feet, 9 inches. Missouri’s Kaitlyn Fischer finished ninth in the 10,000 meters, setting a school record of 33 minutes, 12.37 seconds.
Kansas State Reinis Kregers finished 10th in the decathlon, and teammate Devin Dick was 21st.
The KU Men’s 1,600 relay team did not advance to Saturday’s final.
On Wednesday, KU’s Sydney Conley and K-State’s Sara Savatovic earned All-America honors.
Conley finished seventh in the long jump and Savatovic was seventh in the hammer throw, becoming the Wildcats’ first women’s thrower to post a top-eight finish in the outdoor meet.
K-State’s Sonia Gaskin advanced to the 800-meter final with a personal best time of 2 minutes, 4.37 seconds. She is ensured All-America honors.
KU junior Michael Stigler posted the top time in the men’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals, a season-best 49.34 seconds. He will race for a national championship Friday.