LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas Track and Field had quite the weekend in Austin, Texas, and in California. Among several top-notch performances, one stood out as historic.
Distance runner Chandler Gibbens, a Columbia, Missouri native, shattered the KU record in the 5,000 meter run, KSNT reports.
Gibbens ran 13:28.71, breaking a record set by KU legend Jim Ryun in the 1960s. Gibbens broke Ryun’s record of 13:47 by nearly 20 seconds.
The 5K run was a 31-second personal best for Gibbens, a junior at KU.
Freshman runner and Kansas native Tanner Newkirk also ran a personal best in the 5K, finishing in 14:13.03.
KU track will put on a show in Lawrence later this spring. The Jayhawks are hosting the KU Relays from April 13-15 and the Rock Chalk Classic on April 29.