Celebrating Success

In case you haven't noticed, it's been a very successful fall for University of Kansas athletics. Here are a few team-by-team notes for KU's fall sports.

Soccer

The Kansas soccer team recorded its best-ever start, establishing a 9-1-0 record over its first 10 matches. KU surpassed the single-season win mark of 13 when it topped Michigan, 2-1, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Jayhawks have moved their record to 18-5-0. The Jayhawks received their first-ever national ranking (21st) on Oct. 27 and have since moved to No. 16 in the most recent national poll.

Kansas won its first-ever postseason match by beating the Oklahoma Sooners, 1-0, in the first round of the 2003 Big 12 Tournament. The squad also picked up its second NCAA Tournament bid in the last three years, and recorded it first-ever NCAA tourney win last Friday, Nov. 14, by defeating Illinois State, 3-1. On Friday, the Jayhawks will play in the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time ever.

Sophomore Caroline Smith topped her own single-season goal mark of 12 and currently has a total of 19 goals on the season. The Edina, Minn., native also eclipsed the KU career goals mark and career points mark during the 2003 season. Junior Meghan Miller set a new KU record for shutouts in a season as she has blanked a total of 11 opponents. She also moved into first place on the career shutouts list with 19.

Volleyball

With four Big 12 regular-season matches remaining, KU volleyball is on track to record its first 20-win season since 1991 and earn its first-ever NCAA bid. The Jayhawks have already notched 18 overall and 10 conference victories this season and are currently in fifth place in the Big 12 standings. KU's 10 Big 12 wins ties last year's mark for the best league finish in school history. The Jayhawks, who received seven votes in last week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll, will wrap up their regular season schedule with No. 10 Nebraska, No.18 Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech. Bids for the 2003 NCAA Volleyball Tournament will be announced on the ESPNews Selection Show on Sunday, Nov. 30.

Football

The Kansas football team is currently 5-6 on the season giving the club its most wins since 1999 when the Jayhawks finished 5-7. With one more win, the team would become bowl eligible for the first time since the 1995 season when the Jayhawks finished 10-2 and appeared in the Aloha Bowl against UCLA. KU has never won more than five games in a season since joining the Big 12, but can do so this weekend with a victory over Iowa State.

Cross Country

The Kansas men's and women's cross country teams finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. The men's and women's regional finishes are the highest since the teams respective third and first place finishes in 1994. The men's cross country team finished fourth at the Big 12 Championships -- its highest conference finish under head coach Stanley Redwine and the best Big 12 finish ever for KU.

Freshman Benson Chesang has been the Jayhawks' most outstanding performer this year, and will represent KU in the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships. Chesang was also named to the All-Big 12 cross country team and received Big 12 Men's Runner of the Week honors after his second-place performance at the OSU Cowboy Jamboree. Chesang was the second Jayhawk to be named Big 12 Men's Runner of the Week in the history of the league -- in 1998 KU's Brian Jensen also won the honor.


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