Masai qualifies for nationals in 1500m; Larry wins 400m dash at KU

Masai qualifies for nationals in 1500m; Larry wins 400m dash at KU

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Butler Grizzlies outdoor track and field team took 13 athletes to compete at the Kansas Relays this weekend.

Sophomore distance runner Fiona Masai hit the national qualifying standard in the 1500-meter run and improved on her qualifying time for the 3000-meter steeplechase. Masai currently ranks fourth in the NJCAA in the steeplechase and joins sophomore Latesha Bigby (long jump, high jump and 400-meter hurdles) as the only two Grizzlies to qualify for three individual events for the NJCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition to the 1500-meter run and steeplechase, Masai previously qualified in the 5000-meter run.

In the women's 400-meter hurdle event, Andrene Wells improved on her national qualifying mark by two seconds with a time of 1:05.59.

On the men's side, freshman sprinter Alfred Larry came away as the KU Relays Champion in the 400-meter dash. Larry crossed the finish line in 47.59 seconds in the finals.

The Butler track and field team will next be in action Saturday for the Ollie Isom Invitational, beginning at noon at BG Products Sports Complex. 

April 18-20

Event Name Time/Distance Result
100m dash Cameron Hampton      11.04p  
400m dash Alfred Larry 48.76p / 47.59f      1st place
800m run Paris Carson 2:02.22  
1500m run Taylor Parker 4:18.80  
3000m run Heber Jimenez 10:15.74  
Long jump Lonell Watkins 20' 7 3/4"  
Event Name Time/Distance Result
100m dash Remona Burchell 11.78p  
200m dash Remona Burchell 24.28p / 24.05f  
800m run Jonelle Reinert 2:34.76  
1500m run Fiona Masai 4:55.62 National qualifier
  Abiane Collymore 5:08.13  
100m hurdles Latesha Bigby 14.84p  
400m hurdles Carole Idolphine 1:05.55  
  Andrene Wells 1:05.89 Improved qualifier
3000m steeplechase      Fiona Masai 11:33.72 Improved qualifier
High jump Latesha Bigby 5' 2 1/4"