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Tennis player Maria Toran Ribes and pole vaulter Zach Bradford are KU's athletes of the week after both having a winning weekend. 

Zach Bradford | Track and Field

Clearing 18 feet, 11 inches, freshman pole-vaulter Zach Bradford broke a 36-year-old school and facility record on Saturday on the final day of the Kansas Relays. The 5.77-meter clearance surpassed the previous 5.66-meter mark recorded by Jeff Buckingham in 1983. The freshman's meet-winning vault ranks No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 4 in the world. Bradford's record-breaking weekend earned him Male Performer of the Meet honors. 

Maria Toran Ribes | Tennis

With a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Catherine Gulihur, junior Maria Toran Ribes clinched the match against No. 12 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 semifinals. With her singles win, Toran Ribes gave Kansas the 4-2 edge over the Cowgirls to secure a spot in the championship matchup. On Sunday, the junior had yet another clutch performance, winning her match against Texas 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to clinch the Big 12 Championship title for Kansas for the first time in program history.