KU women’s track and field team return home as national champs

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- There's no denying how good the University of Kansas is, especially when it comes to basketball.  But on Sunday, a special group of women walked right into the Allen Fieldhouse after proving they too could be national champions.

They outran.  Out jumped.  Out threw their competition.  And over the weekend, the KU women's track and field team tackled an amazing hurdle by clinching a national outdoor title.

On Sunday, the women were welcomed home by hundreds of cheering fans.  Some of the fans came from out of town, just to show their support.

"I feel like track doesn't get as much publicity as it deserves," said Caroline Craig, who runs track at Washburn High School in Topeka.

Over the weekend, she kept a close eye on just how the team was doing as was her coach.

"I was following them on Twitter all weekend long," said Jim Wagner, the track coach at Washburn High School.

So on Saturday-- when the team clinched the title.

"Oh my God!  You won't believe this!  They won!  They they actually won!," Wagner said.

So many of the fans that turned out realized just how special this victory is for the team.  This was not only just the first national title for the womens track and field team, but the first national title for the university in any women's sport.

So to see the turnout was also impressive for the team.

"When we walked in and saw people we didn't know, that was huge and there were more than five people which was awesome.  KU track is back on the map," said Andrea Geubelle, KU senior.

The track and field team is hoping this national championship will be good news for KU recruiting in the future.

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