11On the heels of Sophomore Lindsay Vollmer winning the national championship in the heptathlon, Kansas held a comfortable lead in the outdoor track championships headed into the final day. Kansas held off Texas A&M and Oregon to win the national title going away, finishing with 60 points, 16 ahead of 2nd place A&M.
On Saturday, Kansas began the day with a 5th place finish in the 4x100m relay, finishing a spot behind then 2nd place Oregon. Kansas virtually clinched the title without having to do anything as Oregon failed to score points with either of their two runners competing in the 1,500m finals, leaving them still behind Kansas with the Jayhawks having an extra event to compete in. Texas A&M and LSU each had more events, and thus more chances to catch the Jayhawks, but they were even further back points wise.
And then, with a 4th place finish in the 200m dash, Paris Daniels clinched the title for the Jayhawks. The title was KU's first track title, and even more importantly their first national title in any women's sport.
Individually, 11 Jayhawks were named 1st team All Americans, and two were named to the 2nd team.
It's been a great run for the Jayhawks, and the team backed up their runner up finish in the indoor championships in the best possible way: with a national title. If you (yes, you!) would like to congratulate them on their effort, you can do so by going to Allen Fieldhouse at 2 PM today.