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Several Area Track Athletes Compete at Annual KU Relays
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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Several area track athletes competed against some top flight competition at the 91st edition of the annual KU Relays in Lawrence and multiple area athletes put forth strong performances. 

Nemaha Central, Valley Heights, Centralia, Jeff West, Jackson Heights, Marysville, Perry Lecompton and Atchison all represented Northeast Kansas the KU Relays. 

For the Thunder in the girls competition Jacy Dalinghaus competed in a pair of events placing fifth in the javelin (134'08), while also posting an 11th place finish in the discus (116'09). Allison Rottinghaus also competed for the Thunder finishing 12th in the girls triple jump (36'09.75). Zachary Buessing put together a strong performance in the boys hurdles finishing eighth in the 300 meter hurdles (40.41) and qualifying for the finals in the 110 meter hurdles and taking ninth (15.57). 

A trio of gals were in action for Valley Heights as Kayla Smith competed in the triple jump (38'02.25) and finished fourth out of 28 competitors. Sam Vermetten competed in both the 400 (1:04.11) and the 800 (2:26.33) meter runs placing 26th and 20th overall, respectively. Skyler Saunders tied for seventh in the high jump (5'0) for the Mustangs. 

Centralia Panthers had multiple representatives at the KU Relays and Madison Lueger put forth the best showing earning second place out of 25 throwers in the girl’s javelin (145'00). Dylan Boeckman competed in the boys 300 meter hurdles (42.86) taking 26th place, while Breanna Schmitz competed in the girls pole vault but did not register a height. 

Jeff West Tigers saw Mariah Murdie earn ninth place in the girls triple jump (37'01.25), while also placing 12th in the 100 meter hurdles (15.74). Jordan Hawman competed in the girl’s 400 meter dash (1:03.38) and finished 23rd. Lady Tigers 4x100 meter relay team also competed finishing 37th (53.01). 

Faith Little of Jackson Heights ran in two events as she finished 17th in the 800 meter run (2:25.46) and 37th in the 1600 meter run (5:42.31). 

Grace Stohs represented Marysville and competed in the girl’s pole vault (10'06) taking 12th place. 

Perry Lecompton had several competitors in action on the day with a tie for seventh place coming by the only lady Kaw in action Talisa Stone as she competed in the high jump (5'0). The Kaw boys competed in the 1600 meter sprint medley (3:42.77) and earned eighth place, while 4x100 meter relay team (45.14) finished 46th and the 4x400 meter relay was also in action but was disqualified. Shane Quinlan finished 20th in the boys 400 meter dash (51.85), while Dalton Kellum took 35th in the 100 meter dash (11.52). 

Atchison in the girl’s competition had Arhianna Franklin finish 34th in the 300 meter hurdles (51.17) and 40th in the 100 meter hurdles (18.33). Elizabeth Harper placed 39th in the 100 meter hurdles (18.33) and the 4x100 meter relay (53.57) team finished 41st. Atchison boys had the 4x400 meter relay (3:47.50) finish 55th and the 4x100 meter relay (46.38) finish 60th. 

Holton Wildcat, Mason Strader was also in action set to compete in the boys 1600 meter run but unfortunately had a false start in the competition. 

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