Kansas’ Andrea Geubelle and Diamond Dixon, Kansas State’s Erik Kynard and Missouri’s Laura Roxberg led the list of NCAA Division I outdoor track and field qualifiers released Thursday.
The No. 1-ranked KU women have 19 athletes who earned 22 entries into the NCAA West Regional to be held May 23-25 in Austin, Texas, and the No. 21-ranked Jayhawks men had 14 athletes qualify. The top 12 regional finishers in each open and relay event will qualify for the NCAA outdoor championships June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Besides Geubelle, who qualified second in the region in triple jump and fourth in long jump, and Dixon, who qualified second in the 400 and also will run on the Jayhawks’ 400- and 1,600-meter relays, KU’s top women qualifiers included Natalia Bartnovskaya in the pole vault (second), Paris Daniels in the 200 (third), Alena Krechyk in the hammer throw (second), Jessica Maroszek in the discus (third) and Francine Simpson in the long jump (second). Lindsay Vollmer qualified fifth in the heptathlon and advances directly to the NCAA finals.
For the KU men, Kyle Clemons qualified third in the 400 and Michael Stigler qualified second in the 400 hurdles.
Kansas State had athletes qualify in 26 men’s and women’s events, including Kynard, the top qualifier in the high jump who has won three consecutive Big 12 titles in the event.
Missouri had 21 athletes qualify for the West Regional, including Roxberg, who qualified second in the 1,500, and Kearsten Peoples, the SEC champion in the shot put.
Six UMKC athletes qualified, including Courtney Frerichs, who qualified sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 10:08.27.
The Missouri Western and Central Missouri baseball teams lost their opening games in the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday in Mankato, Minn.
Western, the No. 4 seed, gave up three home runs to third-seeded Southern Arkansas in a 6-1 loss and Central, the No. 2 seed, was held to just six hits in an 11-2 loss to fifth-seeded St. Cloud State.
Later Thursday, top-seeded Minnesota State-Mankato played No. 6 seed Missouri Southern, which qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association title over Missouri Western last week.
The Mules will play the Missouri Southern/Minnesota State-Mankato loser at noon Friday needing a victory to remain in the tournament. The Griffons will play the Missouri Southern/Minnesota State-Mankato winner at 3:30 p.m. Friday, also needing a victory to survive.
NCAA golf first round
Missouri was tied for sixth place, 7 shots off the lead, after the first of three rounds Thursday at the NCAA men’s golf regional at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
The Tigers, who were led by Ryan Zech’s 1-under 70, shot 10-over 294, tying with New Mexico. Zech’s score was good for a fourth-place tie among individuals, trailing leader Raoul Menard of Charlotte by 3 shots.
Charlotte is the team leader at 3-over 287, followed by South Carolina at 4 over, Stanford at 7 over, UNLV at 8 over and Auburn at 9 over.
UMKC, competing in a regional at the Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark., was tied for ninth with Tulsa and Liberty after shooting a 15-over 303. Illinois leads at 6-under 282, followed by Texas at 3 under, Oklahoma State at 2 under, Kent State at even par and Arkansas at 2 over.
KU’s Chris Gilbert, competing as an individual, was tied for 20th after shooting a 1-over 73. Illinois’ Charlie Danielson holds the individual lead at 7 under.
The low five teams at each regional and the low individual not competing on those five teams qualify for the NCAA championships at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course, in Atlanta.