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Track and field breaks records but still finishes third in Kansas Triangular

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Lee Frank
High jumper Brady Palen warms up on the track during a meet in fall 2023.

Wichita State’s track and field team came in third in a three-team triangular against the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, but had some impressive individual performances along the way.

The Shockers finished with 190.5 team points, while Kansas took home the win with 245.5 points. Kansas State ended up with 228 points.

On the men’s side, freshman Josh Parrish won the 60-meter hurdles event with a 7:90 time, breaking the meet record in the process. He also won the long jump over senior Yuben Goncalves. Both Parrish and Goncalves jumped 7.09m/23’3.5″.

Parrish also placed fourth in the triple jump, capping off a meet-high 17 individual points.

Junior Jaleel Montgomery finished second in the men’s 60-meter sprint with a 6:88 time and third in the 200-meter event at 22:27. Junior Zander Cobb came in second in the 3000-meter at 8:26:15

Junior Brady Palen set the eighth-best high jump in the nation at 2.14m/7’0.25″ but finished second in the triangular.

Sophomore Lea Jerkovic won the only event for the Wichita State women, coming in first in the 800-meter at 2:21:18.

Junior Destiny Masters placed second in the high jump with the second-best mark in Wichita State history, 1.85m/6’0.75″. She also finished second in the long jump at 5.73m/18’9.75″ and third in the 60-hurdles at 8.63.

In the 600-yard run, senior Farrah Miller set a new personal-best time of 1:23.55 en route to a second-place finish.

Junior Sydney Brown also set a personal best of 7:77 in the 60-meter sprint. Brown went on to finish second in the 200-meter as well.

The other podium-finishers for the Shockers on the women’s side were junior Peyton Pogge in the 1000-meter, junior Lucy Ndungu in the 3000-meter and junior Chidera Okoro in the triple jump.

The track and field team will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete in the Prairie Wolf Invitational on Friday, Jan. 19.

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Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh, Assistant Sports Editor
Jacob Unruh is the assistant sports editor for The Sunflower. He is a junior at Wichita State, majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. This is Unruh's first year on staff. He goes by he/him pronouns.
Lee Frank
Lee Frank, Former photographer
Lee Frank was a photographer for The Sunflower.

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