Two Kansas students have won the Big 12 Track and Field Athletes of the Week Awards this last week in both the men’s and women’s fields, giving KU the sweep. Mason Finley, a junior, won the men’s award and Diamond Dixon, a sophomore from Houston, took the women’s for their respective performances. From the release:
Finley successfully defended his two-time Kansas Relays crown in the shot put as he unleashed a throw of 19.89 meters (65-05.25 ft) on his final attempt to take top honors in the event for the third-straight year. With the title, the junior captured his fourth-consecutive shot put win of the season. His mark is the best in the NCAA this year and moved him up to No. 11 in the U.S. among both collegiate and professionals.
As for Dixon, she is resetting the record books at KU and establishing times across the country:
Dixon helped write a new chapter in the Kansas record books over the weekend as she anchored two school-record breaking relay teams. Her 4×100-meter team finished in 44.32 to claim the KU Relays title, while her 4×400-meter quartet ran to victory in the NCAA’s sixth-fastest time setting a new meet record of 3:31.87. The sophomore also clocked a 51.80 400-meters time, the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season. That mark is the fourth-fastest time among Americans this year.