Austin, Texas – Five Jayhawk jumpers claimed event titles while a school record fell Friday as the Kansas men’s and women’s track & field teams competed on the third day of the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Friday. Several members of the No. 1-ranked KU women’s squad moved into the top-10 of the NCAA rankings, which puts the team in solid position as it tries to kick off its highly-anticipated outdoor season strong.
In their first outdoor competitions in a Kansas singlet, senior Christen Guenther and junior Natalia Bartnovskaya inserted their names into the school record books as both leaped to a new school high mark in the pole vault. Guenther, who is a fifth-year senior after transferring from BYU, got over her first three bars without a single foul and was able to clear the school-record height on just her second attempt. Bartnovskaya, the reigning NCAA indoor champion in the event, needed six attempts to get her three heights but managed to match her teammate. The duo got over 4.31 meters (14’1.75”) to erase former Jayhawk Amy Linnen’s name from the school record books.
Guenther managed a runner-up finish and edged her teammate, Bartnovskaya, who finished third, after she turned in fewer misses. Both Jayhawks now hold the third-best pole vault marks in the NCAA this season.