Busy Friday Brings Exciting Results on Final Day of 88th Kansas Relays

Kansas Relays
Rock Chalk Park \ Lawrence, Kan.

Chirstian Cantwell let out a roar after he launched the winning throw Friday night at  the Downtown Lawrence shot put.
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Men’s Quadrangular
Team Score
1. Kansas 226 pts.
2. Colorado State 157 pts.
3. Purdue 131 pts.
4. Kansas State 121 pts.
Women’s Quadrangular
Team Score
1. Kansas 194 pts.
2. Kansas State 172 pts.
3. Colorado State 159 pts.
4. Purdue 143 pts.


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LAWRENCE, Kan. – After more than 80 high school and college track & field events covering over 15 hours Friday, the 88th Kansas Relays came to a close with an abundance of memorable performances. The Kansas Jayhawk men’s and women’s teams swept the quadrangular competitions with the KU men coming out on top with 226 points, while the women amassed 194 points for the win.
Matt Plowman of York High School (Illinois) and Stephanie Jenks of Linn-Mar High School (Iowa) were selected by meet officials after the conclusion of events as the Male and Female Performers of the Meet after each won their adidas Dream Mile qualifier races in meet-record fashion. Plowman clocked in with a time of 4:11.43 to win the 1,600 meters and break the Kansas Relays record in the process. Jenks was also victorious in her 1,600-meter event and smashed the previous meet record by nine seconds. She posted a time of 4:40.78, the fastest among high schoolers in the U.S. so far this year.
Women’s 100-meter Hurdles
Junior Akela Jones from Kansas State took home took home the gold for the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.69. Just .03 of a second behind the winner, sophomore Devynne Charlton of Purdue took the second-place finish at 13.71. In third place was Colorado State sophomore Lorenda Holston, who finished with a time of 14.05.
Men’s 110-meter Hurdles
With a time of 13.85, Coffeeville Community College sophomore Angelo Goss finished in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Goss won by just .13 tenths of a second, as the second-place runner, Julmis Jeffery of Haiti, completed the race with a time of 13.98. Senior Michael Stigler was the top-finisher for Kansas and clocked a time of 14.02. Stigler represented Kansas in the top five and took home third place.
Men’s 100 Meters
Running unattached, Mark Jelks won the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 10.36. He was a tenth of a second ahead of Kansas State freshman Terrell Smith who clocked a time of 10.46 for second place.
Third and fourth place were separated by .03 of a second with Pittsburg State senior Jason Crow (10.60) and Carlos Rodriguez (10.63) of Puerto Rico, taking home those finishes, respectively. Top finishers for Kansas were freshman Jaron Hartley and junior Jaime Wilson. Hartley ran a time of 10.70 and took 12th, while Wilson finished in 14th with a time of 10.76.
Women’s 100 Meters
Kansas took home first and third place in the women’s 100-meter dash. At the helm was junior Sydney Conley, who finished with a career-best time of 11.54. Fellow Jayhawk sophomore Zainab Sanni finished in 11.66, which was good for third place.
Clocking in at 11.65, Kansas State junior Akela Jones brought home second place and her second medal of the day after earning first in the 100-meter hurdles earlier in the day. The final Kansas competitor, freshman Jasmine Thomas, earned the 24th spot in the field after running a time of 12.38.
Men’s 200 Meters
Former Kansas All-American, Kyle Clemons finished with the best time in the men’s 200-meter dash clocking in at 21.08. He finished ahead of a Nike’s, Maurice Mitchell, who finished with a time of 21.14. Rounding out the top three was senior Jason Crow of Pittsburg State (21.23).
Two Jayhawks represented Kansas in the top 10. Jaron Hartley and Jaime Wilson finished back-to-back at seventh and eighth place, respectively. Hartley finished .04 seconds ahead of his fellow teammate at 21.40. Wilson logged a time of 21.44.
Women’s 200 Meters
Kansas State took home another first-place finish thanks to freshman A’Keyla Mitchell’s performance in the women’s 200-meter dash with the top time of 23.29. Kansas sophomore Zainab Sanni took the runner-up finish with her time of 23.95 and was the only other competitor to finish below 24 seconds.
In third place was sophomore Leah Fair of Colorado State, who ran a time of 24.02. Freshman Jasmine Thomas was the only other competitor for Kansas in the event and finished 16th with a time of 25.48.
Women’s 400 Meters
A’Keyla Mitchell, a freshman at Kansas State, won the women’s 400-meter dash Friday at the 2015 Kansas Relays.  Mitchell pulled out a close finish winning the race by 0.54 seconds running 53.34 seconds.  The runner-up was Madison Reynolds of Oral Roberts who ran 53.88 seconds. 
The winner of the men’s 400-meter dash was KU’s senior Kenneth McCuin.  McCuin edged his fellow Jayhawk teammate by 0.12 seconds by running 47.49 seconds.  The runner-up was Kansas freshman Tre Daniels who won ran 47.61 seconds.
Women’s 400-meter hurdles
Erica Twiss won the women’s 400-meter hurdles Friday at the 2015 Kansas Relays in a close finish against the runner-up Symone Black.  Twiss ran a total 58.22 seconds, edging Black who ran 59.03 seconds. 
Men’s 400-meter hurdles
Defending the men’s 400-meter hurdles title at the Kansas Relays, KU’s Michael Stigler dominated the field running 50.07 seconds outdistancing the runner-up SirPaul Jones by 1.96 seconds. Jones ran 52.03 seconds in the event.
Women’s Discus
Former Jayhawk Jessica Maroszek threw the women’s discus unattached in front of her home crowd Friday morning. The Seymour, Wisconsin native led the field heading into finals after throwing 57.28 meters on her second attempt of the day. Scratching her first two throws in the final round, Maroszek saved the best for last with a mark of 57.71 meters. The throw put Maroszek nearly four meters ahead of her competition to take the title. Colorado State senior Kiah Hicks finished second after launching the disc 53.88 meters on her fourth throw. Kansas had three athletes competing in the event, junior Tasha Desmond led the Jayhawks finishing third overall, recording a mark of 53.82 on her first throw of the day. Fellow teammate, junior Diana Levy rounded out the top-five, throwing 50.00 meters on her final attempt.
Women’s Hammer Throw
Kansas proved competitive in the Hammer Throw after junior Daina Levy threw a mark of 65.81 meters on her final attempt to take a temporary lead. Levy would end up finishing second behind Kansas State junior Sara Savatovic, who received the winning mark of 66.40 meters on her last trip to the rink. The Jayhawks were also represented by junior Dasha Tsema who ended the evening in fifth place after throwing 55.64 meters.
Women’s Shot Put
The shot put competition as decided by only 13 centimeters with Kansas State junior Dani Winters taking the title after recording a mark of 16.64 meters. Winters threw the event winning toss on her second attempt. Kansas junior Anastasiya Muchkayev led the Jayhawks with a throw of 15.59 meters, good enough for a third-place finish, Friday evening. The Crimson and Blue was also represented by junior Dasha Tsema who took seventh after hurling the shot put 13.34 meters.
Women’s Steeplechase
Sophomore Morgan Wedekind of Kansas State claimed victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after leading for nearly the entirety of the race. Her strong performance gave Kansas State important points in a tight quadrangular competition. Wedekind crossed the finish in 10:43.80 to outpace Kansas’ Kelli McKenna, who came in just over three seconds later in 10:46.96.
Women’s High Jump
Seven high jumpers tried to clear 1.75 meters in the women’s high jump but only two were successful. Seniors Collen O’Brien from Kansas and Jazmyn Webster from Colorado State remained to battle it out for the win and nine points for their teams’ quadrangular races. O’Brien made a huge statement by easily making her first attempt at 1.80 meters. Webster had three-straight tries to clear the bar, adding some drama to the event by making it on her last attempt. O’Brien immediately cleared the ensuing 1.85-meter jump, drawing cheers from her teammates, coaches, and fans for the sixth-highest jump in the NCAA this season and O’Brien’s new personal record.
Webster was unable to respond, and the O’Brien came away with the decisive victory after nailing three-straight jumps.
Women’s 800 Meters
Sophomore Strymar Livingston of Iowa Western Community College was the first to cross the finish line in the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.54. Over a second better than the rest of the competition.
Men’s 800 Meters
Junior Vanessa McLeod of Purdue claimed victory in the 800 meters in come-from-behind fashion. Kansas junior Rhavean King led the way for nearly the entirety of the race, before McLeod used a strong kick over the final 100 meters to pass the Jayhawk and clip her at the tape. McLeod crossed the finish line just .05 seconds before King and posted a winning time of 2:08.06.
Men’s 1,500 Meters
Junior Vanessa McLeod of Purdue claimed victory in the 800 meters in come-from-behind fashion. Kansas junior Rhavean King led the way for nearly the entirety of the race, before McLeod used a strong kick over the final 100 meters to pass the Jayhawk and clip her at the tape. McLeod crossed the finish line just .05 seconds before King and posted a winning time of 2:08.06.
Women’s 1,500 Meters
After Kansas sophomores Malika and Nashia Baker led the first two laps of the 1,500 meters, senior Laura Galvan of Kansas State took the lead and didn’t look back. The senior sprinted into first with 200 meters to go a after a hard finishing kick down the closing stretch, clocking in with a time of 4:29.83. The Baker sisters were next come across the finish, with Nashia posting 4:32.00 for second and Malika at third in 4:36.91.
Men’s High Jump
Kansas State Freshman Christoff Bryan had already synched up the win in the men’s high jump after clearing 2.19 meters, but he did not stop there. Bryan attempted two more heights after clinching the victory, clearing 2.24 meters on his third try but was unable to clear 2.27. On all three of Bryan’s attempts on 2.27 meters, the P.A. announcer urged everybody to cheer on the high jumper.
Men’s 5,000 Meters
After a photo finish in the women’s 5000 meter race freshman Jacob Morgan battled it out on the track for bragging rights against his former team Colorado State in the Men’s 5000 meter race. The Topeka, Kansas native finished first with a time of 14:20.71 in front of a crowd of family and friends. Two other Jayhawks rounded out the top three spots in the race accumulating a total of 16 points for Kansas.
Women’s 5,000 Meters
As the day’s events came to a close, the women took the track to run the 5000 meter race where freshman Sharon Lokedi edged her freshman teammate, Alaina Schroeder by only tenths of a second. The win was Lokedi’s first as a collegian after she took first place with a time of 17:20.47, earning nine points for the Kansas quad. Schroeder nearly caught her fellow Jayhawk at the finish line but Lokedi had just enough to secure the win. Schroeder turned in a runner-up time of 17:20.53.
Men’s Pole Vault
Purdue redshirt senior Byron Ferrell wins the men’s pole vault competition at the Kansas Relays with a height of 5.21 meters in a tiebreaker with Kansas senior Greg Lupton. Both Ferrell and Lupton cleared the height of 5.21 meters but neither could clear the next of of 5.31 meters. Due to Purdue’s Ferrell having the least amount of misses through the competition, he was able to win in the tiebreaker.
Women’s Pole Vault
Kansas Senior pole-vaulter Jaimie House won the pole vault event at the Kansas Relays on Friday after clearing a career best height of 4.20 meters. House was tied neck and neck with Rebecca Preisler from Lewis University after clearing 4.10 meters. After she was unable to clear 4.20 meters after two attempts, House was able to power through on her third attempt and beat Preisler in the head to head final round match up.
Women’s 4×400-meter relay
The Kansas women’s 4×400 team took the track helped conclude the 88th Kansas Relay with a second place finish, running a time of 3:45.05. Out of the blocks Purdue took charge of the race and continued to extend their lead throughout the entire race, finishing nine seconds ahead of the field with a time of 3:36.27. The Jayhawks were represented by Whitney Adams, Lindsay Vollmer, Dorie Dalzell, and Adriana Newell, running each leg respectively. Newell ran the anchor registering a split of 55.90 seconds and out-kicking Colorado State at the finish line to secure second place by .69 seconds. The Ram’s finished out the top-three with a time of 3:45.74.
Men’s 4×400-meter Relay
In the last and final event of the 88th Kansas Relays the Kansas men’s 4×4 team put the icing on the cake as they won the event with a time of 3:08.90. Senior Michael Stigler took the Jayhawks home with 46 second split capping of the two-day event and tacking nine points to Kansas’ total score.
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