Jayhawk Update

Football annouces Spring practice dates, the soccer team introduces a fan mailing list, and Track and Field competes in Missouri.

KU Football announces Spring practice dates

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- On Friday, University of Kansas head football coach Mark Mangino announced the dates of the team's spring drills, which include three days that are open to the public and media. Starting times of those practices will be announced at a later date.

The Jayhawks will open spring practice on Sunday, March 14 and conclude spring drills with the annual Spring Scrimmage on Sunday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in KU's Memorial Stadium. All practices, with the exception of the Spring Scrimmage, will be held on the KU practice fields located behind Anschutz Pavilion.

KU fans and media members are welcome to attend the team's practices on March 15 and April 5 in addition to the Spring Scrimmage on April 18.

Also, Mangino and his staff will host their annual Spring Clinic for high school coaches on Friday and Saturday, April 2-3. For more information on the clinic, please call the KU football office at 785/864-3392.

Kansas Soccer 14th in 2003 RPI

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of Kansas soccer team finished the 2003 season with a national RPI of 14th, the highest among Big 12 schools, as announced on Friday.

"I think this is a great reflection of our season," Francis said. "It shows how good our team did in throughout the season."

The Jayhawks, who finished the season ranked 13th, the highest ever for a KU soccer squad, finished two spots ahead of Colorado (16th) in the 2003 RPI listings. Texas A&M (21st) and Texas (25th) also were members of the Top 25.

"To have the top RPI in the Big 12, which is one of the top conferences in the nation, is a sign of how far our program has come," Francis added.

The University of Kansas and its soccer program is announced the release of The Endline - a direct line of communication from the team to the fan and supporter. The goal is to provide a "behind the scenes" look at the team's operation as well as to go above and beyond what a person would get in media and website coverage.

The Endline will be delivered by email throughout the year. To subscribe to the newsletter logon to KUAthletics.com and click on the Mailing Lists link in the left hand column. Select the soccer option and type in your email address and click submit.

'Hawks Compete At Triangular

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Kansas track and field team are competing in the 15th annual Kansas-Kansas State -Missouri Triangular this Friday, Jan. 23 at Hearns Fieldhouse on the University of Missouri campus. Field events begin at 4:15 p.m. while running events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The meet between Big 12 foes will be scored with both men's and women's scores combining to form final team standings.

The KU men and women are coming off a busy weekend that produced four individual champions and one NCAA Indoor automatic qualifier. Senior Leo Bookman automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships by winning the 200m dash at the Arkansas Invitational with a time of 20.81.

Three KU athletes won individual titles at the Wildcat Invitational in Manhattan, Kan. Freshman Gavin Ball notched his second shot put title in as many meets with a throw of 55-06.50, while senior Arrah Nielsen finished first in the 800m run with a time of 2:20.94. Junior Lauren Brownrigg recorded a first place finish in the mile run with a time of 5:12.82.

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