Multi-Events kick off 92nd KU Relays presented by RCB Bank
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The 92nd Kansas Relays presented by RCB Bank kicked off Wednesday at Rock Chalk Park with the start of the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon events. On a warm and windy day, Emporia State’s Brianna Schmitz and South Plains’s Asani Hylton wound up on top of the leaderboard of their respective events.
Hylton had an impressive day from the outset, posting top-two finishes in all but one of the five opening-day decathlon events. The freshman out of Jamaica began by garnering 767 points in the 100 meters by way of a sprint of 11.43. Daniels flew above the other competitors two events later in the shot put. He posted a top toss of 11.41 meters (37-5.25 ft.) to rocket his name to the top of the leaderboard. He also added a first-place finish in the high jump, getting over a bar set at 2.06 meters (6-9 ft.), to collect 859 points.
Hylton holds a 259-point lead over Baker’s Logan Lamb, who closed out his first day with 3,375 points. The Northwest Missouri State duo of Phil Elliott and Spencer Morrison sits third and fourth with scores of 3,265 and 3,022 points, respectively.
Schmitz won two of the four opening-day heptathlon events and totaled 2,943 points to secure the overnight lead. She closed out the day by hitting the best mark in the shot put at 10.99 meters (36-0.75 ft.), good for 594 points. She then was the fastest competitor in the 200 meters, crossing the finish in 25.58 to earn her final 834 points of the day.
Kansas freshman Toni Englund is 52 points behind Schmitz with 2,891 points after day one. She posted top-four finishes in three of the four day-one events.
The heptathlon and decathlon events will continue Thursday morning with the men’s 110-meter hurdles kicking off at 9 a.m., and women’s long jump at 11 a.m. Thursday will also see the collegiate distance carnival take over the Rock Chalk Park oval in the evening. It is set to begin at 8 p.m., with the 800 meters, and concluding at 10:28 p.m., with the 10,000 meter races.