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The 90th edition of the KU Relays is set for this weekend in Lawrence and some of the top competitors from high school and college track programs will compete against each other.
Ten Northeast Kansas area high schools will be represented at this year’s KU Relays with six of the ten coming from the Big Seven League, three from the Twin Valley League and the other from the KCAL.
Six of the nine Big Seven League schools will have at least one competitor in action at this year’s KU Relays. Nemaha Central Thunder, Kaley Dalinghaus is set to compete in the girl’s discus, javelin and shot put, while Royal Valley Panthers will be represented by Lucas Broxterman will compete in the boys high jump. Jeff West, Holton and Hiawatha will all have one track athlete in action too at the KU Relays. For the Tigers, Mariah Murdie is set to compete in the girl’s triple jump, while Holton Wildcat, Mason Strader will run in the boys 800 meter run and Hiawatha Red Hawk, Gavin Lierz will participate in the boy’s 300 meter hurdles.
Perry Lecompton will be well represented at the KU Relays as the boys 4x800 (Dalton Kellum, Colton Mallonee, Cole Kellum, Ty Packard and Shane Quinlan) along with the 4x100 (Kellum, Mallonee, Kellum, Packard and Quinlan) meter relay teams will both compete and the same group will also run in the 1600 medley relay. The lady Kaws will also be represented as Abbi Folks will compete in triple jump.
Valley Heights, Washington County and Blue Valley-Randolph will all have competitors in action at the KU Relays representing the TVL. Both Skyler Saunders and Kayla Smith are set to compete in the girl’s triple jump, while Shelby Vermetten will in action in the girls discus and Sam Vermetten will run in the girls 400 meter dash.
Washington County Tigers will be well represented with five different athletes in action. Jerrod Hoover is set to compete in two events for the Tigers as he will be in action in the boy’s high jump and javelin. Dawson Miller will join Hoover competing in the javelin, also, while Levi Gauby will compete in the boy’s pole vault and Jae Eaton is set to compete in the boys shot put and Hunter Kier will compete in the discus. Jenna Hennerberg will also be in action for Washington County as she will compete in the shot put.
Georgia Hatesohl will represent the Blue Valley-Randolph Rams as she will compete in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.
Atchison will have plenty of runners in action as Redmen athletes are set to run in four differetn relays. The boys will compete in the 4x400 (Alex Martin, Ben Horvatic, Joseph Cooper, LaMarca Tolbert, Frederick Simpson and Seth Heckle) along with the 4x100 (Simpson, Martin, Heckle, Tolbert and Austin Detimore) meter relay competitions. Tolbert will also compete individually in the boy’s 100 meter dash. The Atchison girls will be in action the 4x400 meter relay (Arhianna Franklin, Emily Jaloma, Talia Rawls, Jaihlyn Bratton and Kate McCoole), while also competing in the 1600 medley relay (Rawls, Franklin, Lillian Graf, Lyndi Hanson, Shiloh Campbell, Jaloma and Elizabeth Harper).
Several other former area high school athletes will also be competing at the KU Relays with their respective College track programs.
The 90th KU Relays got underway on Wednesday with college Heptathlon and Decathlon events and will continue throughout the weekend with the high school events set for Friday and Saturday at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence.