The Kansas men's cross country team finished fourth at the Big 12 Championships Friday at the Barton Creek Lakeside Golf Course in Spicewood, Texas. The men's finish is the highest conference finish under head coach Stanley Redwine and is the best Big 12 finish ever for KU. The women's team finished 10th. The men were led by freshman Benson Chesang (Ravine, Kenya) who finished 11th, turning in a time of 25:05.9. The women were paced by senior Laura Lavoie (Springfield, Mo.) who finished 32nd in a time of 23:03.5. Both teams will return to Stillwater, Okla., Nov. 15, for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. The top teams in each region advance to the NCAA Championships, Nov. 24, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Kansas will finish its 2003 fall season when it competes in The 2003 Prestige, Nov. 3-4. The 15-team tournament will be played on the 6,841 yard, par-72 La Quinta Resort Mountain Course in La Quinta, Calif. In previous tournament action, the Jayhawks finished fifth in the 15-team Nelson Invitational, Oct. 24-26, at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. The Jayhawks were led by junior Andrew Price (Lake Forest, Ill.) who finished tied for fifth.
The Kansas (5-4, 2-3 Big 12) football team looks to snap its two-game losing streak when the No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers visit Lawrence for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. The Jayhawks were defeated 45-33 last week at Texas A&M despite a valiant effort from freshman quarterback Adam Barmann who passed for 294 yards and four touchdowns in his collegiate debut. Barmann, who also ran for 45 yards against the Aggies, posted 339 yards of total offense -- the most ever in a single game by a KU freshman. Wide receiver Charles Gordon is also coming off an outstanding effort that saw him catch a career-best nine passes against the Aggies. Gordon, who had a team-leading 89 yards receiving in the contest, now has 505 yards receiving this season -- the best total by a freshman in school history.
The University of Kansas rowing team participated in the Head of the Chattahoochee regatta this weekend in Gainesville, Ga. The doubles team of senior Beth Olson and junior Kristy Hainer continued their success this fall season with a second place finish, seven seconds off the lead. In the Women's Championship 8, the Jayhawks notched a seventh place finish out of 22 boats. The team earned a 12th place finish in the Women's Championship 4 race, with 27 boats participating. The Jayhawks will next be in action at the Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan, Kan., this weekend.
The 21st-ranked KU soccer team wrapped up its regular season by downing Oklahoma State, 2-0, at SuperTarget Field on Friday, Oct. 31. Senior Day was highlighted by four Jayhawks playing their final home game for KU. With the win, the 'Hawks upped their overall record to 15-4-1 while jumping to third place in the conference with a 6-3-1 mark. The third place finish is the best-ever conference finish for a KU soccer club. Kansas will travel to the 2003 Big 12 Soccer Tournament in San Antonio, Texas, where it will take on sixth-seeded Oklahoma, Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Blossom Soccer Stadium.
The Jayhawks return to action against Southwest Missouri State Friday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in Lawrence. Last season the Jayhawks defeated the Bears 70-25 in Lawrence. The Hawks are 2-1 this season after losing to Border War Rival Missouri on Saturday. Kansas was led by nine first-place finishes against the Tigers. The Hawks were led by junior Amy Gruber who had four first place finishes. She won the 50 (24.28) and the 100 (52.47) yard freestyles. She was also on the two winning relay teams, the 200 yard medley relay (1:46.89) and the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:30.57).
Kansas (14-9, 6-6 Big 12) lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to No. 7 Kansas State on its home court Wednesday. Four players recorded double-digit kills and double-digit digs as sophomore Josi Lima led KU with 20 kills (.381 attack percentage) and 17 digs. KU senior Sarah Rome posted 17 kills against the Wildcats to move into second place on the school's all-time career kills list (1,175 kills). Freshman Janaina Correa, who has not played since Oct. 8, is still listed as questionable. KU will host Border War rival No. 24 Missouri Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center and will travel to Texas Saturday to face the Longhorns at 7 p.m.
The women's golf team will participate in its last fall tournament as it competes in the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C., Nov. 3-4.