88th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
Mike A. Myers Stadium // Austin, Texas.
|Sophomore Nick Meyer vaulted to a 4th-place finish with a personal best clearance of 5.30 meters (17’4½”)
AUSTIN, Texas – The Kansas women’s 4×800-meter relay turned in one of the fastest times in school history, while senior Michael Stigler shined in his first 400-meter hurdle outing of the season as the Jayhawks competed on the second day of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Thursday inside Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The 4×800-meter quartet of Rhavean King, Sarah Kelly, Whitney Adams and Hannah Richardson returned to the Mike A. Myers Stadium track in hopes of recapturing their success in the same meet a year ago. In 2014 three of the Jayhawks, Adams, Richardson and King, ran to a school record in the event. Thursday, with the addition of the senior, Kelly, the foursome nearly pulled off the feat once again. Kansas passed the baton around just two seconds slower than the year prior, with the anchor Richardson crossing the finish as the clock read 8:52.29.
The time earned the squad a fourth-place finish and marked the sixth-fastest clocking ever run by a KU team in the two-mile relay. Three of the program’s six fastest 4×800-meter relay times have come at the Texas Relays since 2012.
Sophomore Nick Meyer kicked off his second outdoor season as a Jayhawk on a high note as he posted a career best in the pole vault. The Kingman, Kansas native got over a top height of 5.30 meters (17’4½”), which bettered his previous personal record by an inch. The clearance earned Meyer a fourth-place finish.
Stigler successfully began his quest for the third-straight Texas Relays 400-meter hurdle title as the senior qualified for the final in the event by way of his third-place finish in the preliminary heats. Stigler was never challenged in his prelim heat, claiming the win in 50.41. The time was the third-fastest of the nine final qualifiers and ranks Stigler third among collegians in the early outdoor season.
Stigler will look to become just the second athlete in Texas Relays history to claim three-straight 400-meter hurdle titles when he hits the blocks for the event final at 7:05 p.m., Friday.
Kansas is in for two more full days of competition at the Texas Relays Friday and Saturday. Action from Austin will kick off with preliminary races in the 4×100-meter relays at 9:30 a.m., Friday. Follow all the Jayhawks’ performance and results by logging on to KUAthletics.com and following on Twitter, Instagram and Vine at @KUTrack.
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