Three Records Fall in Day Two of the 78th Annual Kansas Relays

April 22, 2005

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — The 78th Annual Kansas Relays got into full swing Friday, as day two was highlighted by meet record setting performances in three four-mile relays.

“The Friday section of the Kansas Relays was a tremendous success on and off the track,” Meet Director Tim Weaver said. “Today, the athletes did a great job of setting up Saturday and the GOLD ZONE.”

In the girls’ four-mile relay, the Lee’s Summit North (Mo.) squad crossed the finish line in a time of 22:11.08, destroying the previous mark of 23:19.2 set by Blair High School (NE) in 2004.

Setting the new boy’s four-mile relay record was Fort Collins (Co.) High School with a time of 18:04.21, which bested Liberty High School’s (Mo.) former tally of 18:14.98.

KU’s track and field program completed another successful day as well, headlined by the Jayhawk men’s four-mile relay team of Josh Madathil, Chris Jones, Colby Wissel and Cameron Schwehr’s gold medal performance of 17:49.85 and two other top-5 finishes. Former Jayhawk Scott Russell, now with Nike, took the silver in the men’s javelin, while senior Dan Ferguson placed second in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 9:32.94.

“This meet is a steppingstone towards Big 12 and Regionals, and I hope to build upon that,” Ferguson said.

Friday’s second-to-last event saw Wichita State’s women’s four-mile relay team collect yet another relay record. Their time of 20:48.33 topped Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s 2004 finish of 21:33.16.

The Relays will resume Saturday morning at 8 a.m., with the GOLD ZONE schedule to begin at 2 p.m.