Four Jayhawks Win on Kansas Relays Day Two
April 16, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Four Kansas track & field athletes won their respective events Thursday to highlight day two of the Kansas Relays for the Jayhawks here at Memorial Stadium.
Amanda Miller won the women’s 5,000 meters in emphatic fashion, lapping several runners while posting a personal-best time of 17:24.15. The sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., defeated second-place Olivia Martinez of Wichita State (17:42.29) by 18.14 seconds for her first career Kansas Relays title.
Kara Windisch turned in a dominating performance as well, leading by over 100 meters for most of the race en route to winning the women’s 3,000 meters by 16.63 seconds over Pittsburg State’s Caitlin Laskowski. Windisch posted a time of 10.21.01 to earn the title.
Lauren Bonds won heat five by 2.90 seconds en route to winning the women’s 800 meters (unseeded) by the same margin. The junior from Hutchinson, Kan., won for the first time this outdoor season and came up just shy of her season-best time in the 800. Bonds is also scheduled to compete in the 1,500 meters at the Relays on Saturday.
Kellie Schneider ran a personal-best time of 4:45.36 to win the women’s 1,500 meters (unseeded). The junior from Kenosha, Wis., led for most of the way, taking the title by 2.66 seconds for her first career victory. Teammate Megan James placed third with a personal-best time of 4:48.21.
Freshman Donny Wasinger finished in second place in the competitive men’s 5,000 meters, recording a time of 14:34.11 to finish 5.82 seconds behind the winner, Carison Kemei of McKendree, and 5.97 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher, teammate Bret Imgrund. Imgrund, a junior from Shawnee, Kan., ran a career-best time of 14:40.08.
Zlata Tarasova recorded another regional mark in the women’s hammer throw, posting a throw of 55.31 meters (181-05 feet) to place second behind Wichita State’s Chandra Andrews (200-00 feet).
Austin Bussing, competing unattached, was the winner in the men’s 1,500 meters (unseeded) with a time of 4:00.71.
Day three of collegiate action at the Kansas Relays begins Friday at 9:05 a.m. CDT with the preliminaries of the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Continued live results can be found for the 2009 Kansas Relays at www.kuathletics.com, www.kansasrelays.com or http://www.deltatiming.com/results/events_byschedule.aspx?yf=2009&mf=kansas_relays.