Midwest Regional: Day One

May 27, 2005

Using the double win by junior Sheldon Battle in the mens discus and shot put, the University of Kansas mens team is leading the team standings after the first day of events at the NCAA Midwest Regional Track and Field Championships in Norman, Okla. KU has 35 points with Texas A&M in second with 20.

The Kansas women also have the team lead after the first day following a first and third in the pole vault competition. The Jayhawks have 24 points and Kansas State is second with 16.

Heavy rain storms pushed the start of the meet back about an hour, causing the mens discus and mens high jump to be delayed. Many of the competitors in the mens discus were scheduled to compete in the mens shot put that ultimately started two hours late, making those student-athletes among the first and last to leave the facility.

Battle took the lead in the discus on his second throw, jumping to the top with a 187-4. That proved to be his best effort in the competition as he had fouls on three of his next four efforts.

The shot put competition was much the same for Battle, who took the lead on his second throw, then had fouls on his next four.

For the Jayhawk women, pole vaulter Amy Linnen set a meet and facility record with a 13-11.75. She passed at the first two heights, then cleared the next four on her first attempt. Breanna Eveland of Kansas State also cleared 13-11.75 but she had one miss apiece on the third and fifth heights to finish second. Ekaterina Sultanova, Linnens KU teammate, finished third with a 13-7.75.

Sara Slattery of Colorado won the womens 5,000, taking control the race from the start. She finished with a 16:00.25, to win by more than 18 seconds over Karin VanRooyen of Southern Methodist, and set meet and facility records in the process.

Marshevet Hooker of Texas won the long jump with a 21-2, tying a meet record. Loree Smith of Colorado State won the womens hammer with a 217-8. That mark set a facility and Midwest Regional record, both by more than 11 feet.

Brent Vaughn of Colorado won the 5,000-meter run with a 13:59.39, breaking the Midwest Regional record. Kansas States Kyle Lancaster with a 7-3.25. He was clean on five heights to set to set a Midwest Regional meet record.

Brian Veal of Texas State won the mens long jump. Veal recorded a 25-9.50 on his final attempt in the preliminary round, bypassing Oliver Koenig of Iowa State, the eventual runner-up. In the javelin, Jarrad Matthews took the lead in the first round with a 229-7. He had fouls on his next two attempts, then passed on his final three attempts.

Teams from the Big 12 Conference hold the six of the top seven spots in the womens team ranking after four events while Big 12 schools hold five of the top six spots in the mens standings after six events.

Events resume at noon central time Saturday with the weather forecasters calling for warm temperatures and blue skies.

-- Courtesy University of Oklahoma