Baden Leads Jayhawks on Soggy Day Two of 84th Annual Kansas Relays

April 21, 2011


Kansas sophomore Josh Baden turned in a personal best performance in taking second place in the 5,000 meters to lead KU on the second day of action at the 84th annual Kansas Relays. Baden crossed the finish line in 14:40.73, trimming 10 seconds off his previous career-best time in the event.

“I felt really good about it,” Baden said of his performance following the race. “I went out about like coach wanted me to at the start of the race. Obviously, I wanted my time to be a little faster, but that’s what I have to aim for in the next two weeks.”

Kansas junior Nick Canton finished third competing in his first-ever decathlon as he compiled 5,771 points throughout the 10 events. Canton won both the high jump and the javelin. He began the second day of the decathlon with a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 16.24. After a fifth-place finish in the discus and a fourth-place finish in the pole vault, Canton went on to win the javelin throw with a mark of 43.96m (144-03ft.).

Canton would earn 562 points with a fourth-place finish in the final event of the decathlon, the 1,500 meters. After completing all 10 events, Canton compiled 5,771 points which was good enough for a third-place overall finish in the event.

In women’s track action, four KU runners finished in order in the 3,000 meters. Kara Windisch was KU’s top finisher as she took fourth place with her time of 9:50.04. Windisch was followed by Tessa Turcotte (fifth, 9:50.82), Amanda Miller (sixth, 9:52.70) and Kyra Kilwein (seventh, 10:10.70).

Senior Scott Penny was Kansas’ lone competitor in the Bill Penny Hammer Throw. Scott, whose father’s name dawns the event’s title, marked a throw of 57.22 meters on his second attempt, to bring him a fourth-place finish.

“I was really excited to get to throw in front of my family and friends,” said Penny, a Lawrence, Kan., native. “It made me a little nervous. My first throw wasn’t very good, but I settled down and got a good throw on my second attempt.”

In the morning events, sophomore Rebecca Neville entered the day coming off strong performances in day one of the women’s heptathlon. Neville was the heptathlon leader to start the day, but fell in the standings after a seventh-place finish in the long jump.

After a ninth-place finish in the javelin throw, Neville finished strong in the 800 meters with a personal record time of 2:26.06. The Merrillville, Ind., native went on to finish third overall in the event with 4,880 points.

The Jayhawk track and field teams will return to action Friday for the third day of the Kansas Relays. It will be a busy day for KU as 27 Jayhawk athletes will be competing in 23 events. Featured athletes will be Andrea Geubelle in the women’s triple jump, Mason Finley in the men’s shot put, Jordan Scott in the men’s pole vault and Johann Swanepoel in the men’s javelin. Friday’s action begins with the Boy’s Javelin and Girl’s Four Mile Relay at 8 a.m.

Kansas Agate

Kansas Relays 4/21/11


800 Meters

11. Maddy Rich, 2:18.39

21. Anna Barber, 2:22.92

3,000 Meters

4. Kara Windisch, 9:50.04

5. Tessa Turcotte, 9:50.82

6. Amanda Miller, 9:52.70

7. Kyra Kilwein, 10:10.70

9. Devin Wiegers, 11:15.83

5,000 Meters

13. Charlene Browne, 18:23.16

Hammer Throw

17. Elise Umbarger, 46.75m (153-04ft.)


100-Meter Hurdles

1. Rebecca Neville, 14.35 (929 points)

High Jump

1.Rebecca Neville, 1.67m (5-05.75ft.) (818 points) ***Personal Record***

Shot Put

7. Rebecca Neville, 9.58m (31-05.25ft.) (502 points) ***Personal Record***

200 Meter Dash

1. Rebecca Neville, 25.12 (876 points)

Long Jump

7. Rebecca Neville, 5.07m (16-07.75ft.) (578 points)

Javelin Throw

9. Rebecca Neville, 27.73m (91-00ft.) (434 points)

800 Meter Run

3. Rebecca Neville, 2:26.06 (743 points) ***Personal Record***

Final Overall Standings

3. Rebecca Neville (4,880 points)


800 Meters

11. Brendan Soucie, 1:55.44

14. Sean Proehl, 1:55.73

16. Sam Jones, 1:56.04

42. Derrick Perry, 1:59.37

51. Patrick Helmick, 2:00.75

52. Ebo Browne, 2:00.89

1,500 Meters

45. Clay Schneider, 4:27.30

5,000 Meters

2. Josh Baden, 14:40.73 ***Personal Record***

4. Zach Zarda, 14.51.40

19. Emilio Trujilio, 16:15.61

Hammer Throw

4. Scott Penny, 57.22m (187-09ft.)


100 Meters

4. Nick Canton, 11.87 (677 points)

Long Jump

2.Nick Canton, 6.30m (20-08.00ft.) (652 points)

Shot Put

3. Nick Canton, 9.76m (32-00.25ft.) (471 points)

High Jump

1. Nick Canton, 2.09m (06-10.25ft.) (887 points) ***Personal Record***

400 Meters

4.Nick Canton, 54.97 (624 points)

110-Meter Hurdles

3. Nick Canton, 16.24 (706 points)

Discus Throw

5. Nick Canton, 21.44m (70-04ft.) (299 points)

Pole Vault

4. Nick Canton, 3.15m (10-00ft.) (393 points)


1. Nick Canton, 43.96m (144-03ft.) (500 points)

1,500 Meters

4. Nick Canton, 4:59.66 (562 points)

Final Overall Standings

3. Nick Canton (5,771 points)