Weekly Update from KUAthletics

Season ending stats for several fall sports.

Cross Country

The Kansas men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up their seasons by finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, Nov. 15, at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Okla... The men s and women's regional finishes were the highest since the teams respective third and first place finishes in 1994. KU freshman Benson Chesang finished second overall in the 10k race with a time of 30:41 and automatically qualified to run at the 2003 Division I NCAA Championships. Senior Laura Lavoie ran a season-best time of 21:39 and finished 10th overall. Chesang finished 48th out of 254 runners in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The Ravine, Kenya native placed in the top 50 with a personal-best 10k time of 30:22.7 and was the second freshman runner to cross the finish line.

Football

The Kansas football team concluded its 2003 regular season with a convincing 36-7 victory over Iowa State on Senior Day. With the win, the Jayhawks improved to 6-6 on the season and are now bowl eligible for the first time since the 1995 season. Senior quarterback Bill Whittemore completed 18-of-28 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown. Whittemore also gained 85 yards on the ground and scored a pair of rushing TDs. Backup safety Rodney Fowler recorded two interceptions in the contest including a 10-yard return for a touchdown. Men's Basketball

Sixth-ranked Kansas went 1-0 last week, winning its season-opener, 90-76, over UT Chattanooga on Nov. 21 in Allen Fieldhouse. The win marked the Jayhawks' 31st straight home-opening win, and the first win for new KU coach Bill Self while guiding the Jayhawks. In the win, Keith Langford scored his 900th career point, Aaron Miles dished out his 500th career assist and David Padgett swatted five shots -- the most by a KU player in his career debut since 1988-89 and one shy of Nick Collison's freshman record of six rejections in a game. Junior Michael Lee made his first career start in that game as well. KU will be tested early, as the Jayhawks welcome third-ranked Michigan State to Lawrence on Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Allen Fieldhouse. The KU-MSU series is tied 3-3, and the Jayhawks are 132-144 all-time against ranked opponents.

Soccer

Kansas soccer ended its season in Los Angeles, Calif., Friday, Nov. 21, falling to the UCLA Bruins, 1-0, at Drake Stadium. The Jayhawk> s wrapped up arguably the best season in Kansas soccer history with a third place conference finish, 18-6-1 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16. The loss also marked the end of soccer careers for Sarah Gonzalez, Maggie Mason, Carmel Kaplinger and Lacey Woolf at Kansas.

Swimming

The Kansas swimming and diving team won the three-day Minnesota Invitational last week. Kansas was led to victory in Minneapolis by three first-place finishes on the final day. Whitney Sondall won the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:02.06. The win was the fifth of the weekend for the Marshalltown, Iowa native. Amy Gruber finished first in the 100-yard freestyle (50.63). The Bigelow, Ark. junior lead the Jayhawks with six wins during the weekend. KU finished the weekend with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The relay clocked in at a time of 3:25.15 and featured Gruber, Ashley Dower, Aly Colver and Kim Bolin. The second day of action saw Kansas win three events, the 200-yard Medley Relay, the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke. The relay team of Sondall, Hannah Bakke, Gruber and Bolin finished in a time of 1:43.03. Gruber won the butterfly in a time of 55.11 and Sondall won the backstroke in a time of 55.63. The Jayhawks will return to action Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in Houston, Texas, where they will face the University of Houston.

Volleyball

Kansas (19-10, 11-7 Big 12) went 1-1 in its toughest week of competition this season, falling to No. 10 Nebraska (3-0) in Lincoln and sweeping No. 21 Texas A&M in Lawrence. With the win over the Aggies Saturday, the Jayhawks recorded their 11th conference win -- the most ever in the program's 28-year history. KU is looking for its first 20-win season since 1991 when the 'Hawks finished 25-10 overall. Kansas has defeated three ranked opponents this season. Josi Lima led KU last week with 4.00 kills and 3.50 digs per game. Senior Sarah Rome is just 10 kills away from surpassing Amanda Reeves to become KU's all-time leading scorer with 1,265 kills. Kansas head coach Ray Bechard recently announced the signing of Emily Brown of Baldwin High School, Tessa Jones of Archbishop O'Hara and Kristin Buehler of Park Hill South as the Jayhawks' recruiting class of 2004. The Jayhawks will close out their regular season this week at Baylor on Wednesday and will host Texas Tech on Saturday. Kansas seniors Rome, Abbie Jacobson and Jordan Garrison will be honored Saturday in Senior Day festivities.

Women's Basketball

Kansas women's basketball got off to a rough start to the regular season, falling 63-50 at UMKC on Friday, Nov. 21. Despite the loss, KU freshman Lauren Ervin was impressive in her career debut with a team-leading 14 points and seven rebounds. The Inglewood, Calif., native also added two blocks and a steal in just 16 minutes of action. Kandis Bonner, Kaylee Brown and Larisha Graves also made their career debuts. As announced at the State Farm Women's Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 16, Kansas head coach Marian E. Washington has been selected for induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, which will take place in June. In her 31st year with the Jayhawks, Washington will coach her 900th career game -- all at KU -- when Kansas takes the floor against Oregon on Nov. 28.


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