The University of Kansas basketball season tips off with "Late Night In The Phog," KU's celebration of the start of basketball practice, Friday, Oct. 17, in Allen Fieldhouse. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served. Admission is free, but fans are encouraged to bring canned foods, which the Kansas athletics department will donate to area food shelters. Children 12-and-under will not be admitted without an adult, and the Fieldhouse doors will be closed when the arena reaches capacity. The event features skits and entertainment by the KU men's and women's basketball teams, and music by the KU pep band. Pre-show entertainment will run from 7:30-9:45 p.m., and the teams will begin their performances at approximately 10 p.m. To cap off the evening, the KU men will hold a brief scrimmage at midnight.
The University of Kansas cross country team travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa, this weekend to compete in the NCAA Pre-Nationals Invitational. The race will be hosted by the University of Northern Iowa at Byrnes Park/Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course, beginning at 11:00 a.m. There will be 146 teams with 74 men's and 72 women's teams attending. After Saturday, the Jayhawks will have one week to rest before heading to Austin, Texas, to compete in the Big 12 Championships on October 31st.
The University of Kansas football team (4-2, 1-1 Big 12) had its four-game win streak snapped on Saturday as Colorado defeated the Jayhawks 50-47 in overtime. Senior quarterback Bill Whittemore led the Jayhawk offense with a career-best 422 yards passing -- the second-highest single-game total in KU history. The Brentwood, Tenn., native had three touchdown passes and also ran for a pair of scores. Sophomore linebacker Nick Reid led the KU defense by recording a career-high 17 tackles. He also recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass. The Jayhawks will try to improve to 5-2 when they entertain Baylor in a Homecoming affair on Saturday in Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Junior Andrew Price was named the Big 12 Conference Men's Golfer of the Month for September. Price won the Kansas Invitational, Sept. 22-23, and finished tied for sixth in The Ridges Intercollegiate, Sept. 13-14. The Jayhawks finished fifth in a 12-team field at the Pepperdine Club Glove Intercollegiate, Oct. 6-7, at the Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif. Kansas continues its fall season Oct. 24-26, in The Nelson-Stanford Invitational at the Stanford University Golf Club in Palo Alto, Calif.
Senior Laura Adamson and sophomore Jennifer Ebel placed second in doubles compeition and senior Beth Olson finished fifth in singles as the KU rowing team opened its fall season Sunday at the Head of the Rock regatta in Rockford, Ill. The team's top boats placed 11th in the Open Women's Eight, 1:10 off the lead, and 13th in the Open Women's Four, 1:08 behind the winner. Of 34 boats in the Open Women's Eight, KU teams placed 11th and 19th, and claimed 13th, 14th, 17th and 22nd place out of 28 entries in the Open Four. Jayhawk rowers will be in action again Oct. 26 at the Head of the Iowa in Iowa City.
The KU soccer team picked up two wins last week, moving its overall record to 11-3-1 and improving its conference record to 3-2-1. Sophomore Caroline Smith helped the Jayhawks in Friday's 2-0 victory at Iowa State, scoring two goals, boosting her season total to 13. Kansas then blanked the Missouri Tigers, 2-0 on Sunday. Smith, who now has 14 goals on the season, and freshman Lacey Novak accounted for the 'Hawks' two goals. KU is back in action Friday when it travels to Boulder, Colo., and then on Sunday at Lincoln, Neb. Friday's match with the Colorado Buffaloes is set for 5 p.m. and match time against the Nebraska Cornhuskers is set for 1 p.m.
The Kansas women's swimming and diving team competed in its annual Crimson and Blue Meet last Friday with the Crimson team winning 102-93. The team broke up into two squads and competed in an 11-event format. The Jayhawks will be competing at the Big 12 Relays in Ames, Iowa, Friday Oct. 17th. The Jayhawks finished fourth in the Big 12 Relays last year. The team will then compete against Iowa and Northern Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday Oct. 18th.
The University of Kansas tennis team is competing in the USTA College Invitational at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The doubles team of seniors Kristen Steinbock and Emily Haylock have advanced to the semifinal round of the main draw and will play that match on Monday, October 13. The Jayhawks' next tournament will be Oct. 22-26 at the Omni Hotel Regionals in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Kansas (12-6, 4-3 Big 12) went 1-1 last week, falling to No. 7 Nebraska 1-3 in Lawrence on Wednesday and sweeping Oklahoma on Saturday in Norman. Freshman Janaina Correa, who leads KU with 3.88 kills per game and was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week on Oct. 6, suffered an injury in pre-match warm-up at Oklahoma and is listed as questionable. Kansas senior Sarah Rome's 11 digs against Oklahoma on Oct. 11 marked another career milestone for the 5-11 outside hitter. Rome became just the second player in KU history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. KU will continue its Big 12 road stand Wednesday at No. 24 Texas A&M and will host Iowa State Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.