Jayhawk Update

In track, provisional qualifiers wait on word on NCAA Championships while Amy Grubar will represent Kansas swimming and diving at the Championships. Softball christens Arrocha Ballpark.

Baseball

Jayhawk baseball finished the past weekend with a 2-1 record versus the UW-Milwaukee Panthers. KU opened the three-game set with a 22-6 victory marking the most runs by KU in head coach Ritch Price's two-year tenure. Kansas dropped Saturday's game, 9-7. KU erased a 7-6 deficit in the eighth inning of Sunday's game with two consecutive base knocks to drive in two, and topped UWM, 8-7.

Swimming and Diving

Freshman diver Shelby Noonan, who scored 283.28 in the three-meter diving competition against Minnesota on Jan. 24, will compete in the Zone D Diving Championships to be held in Houston, Texas, from March 12-14. Her qualifying score will allow her to compete in the one-meter, three-meter and platform competitions at the meet.

Junior Amy Gruber will compete in the 2004 NCAA Swimming Championships in College Station, Texas on March 18-20... She is the only Kansas swimmer to qualify for the Championships.

Track and Field

A total of five Jayhawks set NCAA provisional qualifying marks this weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. and at the Iowa State Invitational in Ames, Iowa. The distance medley relay team of Megan Manthe, Stacy Keller, Kim Clark and Laura Lavoie finished fourth at the Alex Wilson Invitational with a time of 11:21.32. Keller also broke a KU indoor record after finishing with a provisional qualifying time of 53.81 in the 400-meter dash.

Senior Leo Bookman is the only Jayhawk that has automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Bookman won the 200-meter dash title at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in a national-best time of 20.58. Bookman's time broke the Big 12 meet record, Devaney Center record and is the second-fastest time in the world this year, according to the IAAF. The NCAA entry list will be finalized later this week.

Men's Golf

The men's golf team will play in the Louisiana Classics Invitational, March 8-9, at the par-72, 6,414 yard Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La. The Jayhawks won the team title in their last tournament, the Roadrunner Intercollegiate, March 1-2, at the Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas. The team was led in the Roadrunner Intercollegiate by freshman Tyler Docking who finished tied for third -- a career-best finish.

Softball

Kansas softball went 3-1 last weekend at the 2004 Hampton Inn/Jayhawk Classic at Arrocha Ballpark, the Jayhawks' new home. KU defeated Utah 2-1 and No. 17 Nebraska 3-0 on Saturday to post a perfect record on its home-opening day. The 'Hawks extended their win streak to 12 games as they defeated Utah 3-1 Sunday afternoon before falling to the Huskers 1-0 in the tournament finale.

Freshman pitcher Kassie Humphreys (7-2) led KU with two wins on the weekend. The 'Hawks will continue their homestand Tuesday as they host the SMS Bears in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at Arrocha.

Tennis

The Kansas tennis team fell to 1-7 overall after losing to No. 43 Iowa, 6-1, on Friday, March 5, at the Overland Park Racquet Club in Overland Park, Kan. The Jayhawks lost all of the doubles matches and then fell in five of the six singles matches. The lone victory came from senior Kristen Steinbock who defeated Deni Alexandrova, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 5 spot.

Women's Basketball

Kansas women's basketball looks to snap a nine-game losing streak and keep its post season title hopes alive when it takes on Baylor (22-7 overall, 10-6 Big 12) in the first round of the eighth Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament in Reunion Arena. The teams met on Jan. 21 in Waco, with the Lady Bears taking the contest 85-66. For the season, Crystal Kemp has averaged 13.4 points on 51.1 percent shooting to lead Kansas. The all-time series is knotted at six apiece after four-straight Baylor wins.


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