Track and Field

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Kansas track and field squad will compete in the Big 12 Championships this Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28 at Bob Devaney Sports Center Track on the campus of the University of Nebraska.

Running events are slated to begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, while field events are scheduled to get started at 2:45 p.m.

KU is coming off a promising indoor season and hopes to make some noise at the 2004 Big 12 Indoor Championships. The 'Hawks have 15 athletes ranked among the top-10 in the conference and four athletes who have qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, Mar. 12-13, in Fayetteville, Ark.

KU senior Laura Lavoie provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships at the ISU Classic with a one mile time of 4:47.24. The time is a KU season-best this year and ranks as the third fastest in the Big 12. Junior Kim Clark looks to defend her 600 yard title at the 2003 Big 12 Championships, and currently holds Big 12 rankings of first in the 600-yard run and ninth in the 800-meter run. Freshman Libby Harmon broke the Anschutz Pavilion record in the pole vault at the Jayhawk Invitational with a mark of 12-06.25. The vault is the fourth-best in KU indoor history. Brooklyn Hann (triple jump), Charisse Bacchus (long jump), Megan Manthe (1 mile run) and Sondra Rauterkus (high jump) also rank in the top-10 in their respective events.

Senior Leo Bookman won Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors after breaking the Husker Invitational record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.97 and has automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with a conference-best time of 20.81 in the same event.

Sophomore Benson Chesang provisionally qualified for the NCAA's in the 3000-meter run at the ISU Classic with a time of 8:06.56. Chesang's time currently ranks him fifth among 3000-meter competitors in the Big 12 and is the third fastest time in KU indoor history. Junior Jeremy Mims also provisionally qualified for the NCAA's by finishing the 800-meter run in a time of 1:49.15 at the ISU Classic. Mims time ranks as the third fastest in KU indoor history. Gavin Ball (shot put), Stephane Richard (triple jump), Barrett Saunders (long jump), Brett Terp (high jump) and Aaron Thompson (60 meter dash/60 meter hurdles) also hold top-10 big 12 rankings and are ones to watch.

Live results will be available on the Nebraska website at Huskers.com. There is a live stats link on the left side of the page and a link to the track results can be found there. Final results will also be available on the KU athletics webpage (www.kuathletics.com) after the conclusion of each day.


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