Last meet draws near for track and fieldAthletes preparing for Big 12 competition

By Taylor Bern University Daily Kansan

May 4, 2007

Lawrence, KS (CSTV U-WIRE) -- With the Big 12 Conference Championship looming on May 11 through 13, the Jayhawks have one more meet to prepare.

This weekend Kansas travels to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Razorbacks Twilight in hopes of making a last push for regional marks before taking on Big 12 competition.

Sophomore sprinters Victoria Howard and Sha'Ray Butler, both winners at the Kansas Relays, will look to improve their regional times and garner new ones in different events.

Howard is scheduled to compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, events she won at last week's UMKC Invitational. Howard's winning time of 11.58 seconds in the 100 meters at the Kansas Relays gives her a regional mark in that event, and she'll try to improve that while adding a regional time in the 200 meters.

Butler already owns a regional time in the 400-meter hurdles, and this weekend she'll compete in the 400-meter dash and attempt to get under the regional cutoff time of 54.61 seconds.

Scheduled to compete in the hurdle events are juniors Ashley Brown and Julius Jiles.

Brown's season-best time of 13.33 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles is the third-best time in the Big 12 and it's just one hundreth of a second off of the school record.

Jiles also has the third-best time in the Big 12. At the Kansas Relays he ran a career-best 13.89 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. Both times regionally qualify the duo.

Other athletes headed to Arkansas are a group of middle distance runners, led by juniors Matt Baysinger and Maresia Pencil and senior Clif Mitchell. All three are set to compete in the 800 meters.

Pencil won the 800 meters at last weekend's UMKC Invitational, while Baysinger's season-best time of 1:51.74 is just 1.74 seconds away from a regional mark.

In the field, senior Eric Babb will look to improve upon his season-best long jump of 25-02. The mark is currently second in the Big 12 and represents the No. 11 long jump in the country.


Pole vaulters Laura Gjerde, Libby Harmon, Britany Parker and Jordan Scott will all compete on John McDonnell Field. Harmond and Gjerde took the top two places at the UMKC Invitational.

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