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Several Northeast Kansas Track Athletes Have Strong Showings at KU Relays
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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The annual KU Relays is full of top level competition from high school to college and professionals and area high school athletes competed in action on Friday and Saturday and several came away with top notch performance against other top Midwest competition. 

Nemaha Central Thunder, Kaley Dalinghaus competed in three events at the relays and finished 12th or better in all three. Her best finish came in the shot put taking fifth out of 25 throwers with a toss of 41'03.75, while a toss of 121'05 earned her seventh out of 24 throwers in the discus. Dalinghaus also competed in the javelin and placed 12th out of 25 competitors notching a throw of 119'05. 

The highest finish by an area competitor came by Valley Heights Mustang, Kayla Smith who posted a leap of 37'11.50 to take second in the girls triple jump out of 29 jumpers. Three other lady Mustangs competed at the Relays also as Shelby Vermetten took 13th in the discus (117'10), Sam Vermettern placed 20th in the 400 meter dash (1:00.79) out of 34 runners and Skyler Saunders placed 24th in the triple jump (32'09.75). 

Washington County Tigers were well represented at the Relays and Jerrod Hoover led the way with his performances taking third in the high jump (6'08) out of 22 competitors, while he also placed seventh in the javelin (170'06) out of 24 throwers. Dawson Miller also competed in the javelin for the Tigers finishing tenth (167'07), while Jae Eaton earned an eighth place finish in the boys shot put (53'05.50) out of 27 competitors. Levi Gauby earned 12th place in the pole vault (13'00), Hunter Kier took 13th in the boys discus and Jenna Hennerberg placed 21st in the girls shot put (35'08.50). 

Jeff West Tiger, Mariah Murdie earned a fifth place finish in the girls triple jump (37'06.50) and Royal Valley Panther, Lucas Broxterman leapt to eighth place in the boys high jump (6'02). While also from the Big Seven League Holton Wildcat, Mason Strader placed 18th of 35 runners in the boys 800 meter run (2:01.11) and Hiawatha Red Hawk, Gavin Lierz placed 27th in the boys 300 meter hurdles (42.18) out of 39 runners. 

Georgia Hatesohl of Blue Valley-Randolph competed in the girls 100 and 300 meter hurdles finishing 11th (out of 43) and 20th (out of 43), respectively with times of 15.98 and 48.58. 

Perry Lecompton had multiple competitors in action mainly in relay competition at the Relays. The quartet of Dalton Kellum, Cole Kellum, Ty Packard and Shane Quinlan posted a time of 3:48.33 to take 12th out of 26 teams in the boys 1600 medley. Team of Kellum, Kellum, Quinlan and Colton Mallonee took 24th out of 58 teams in the boys 4x400 meter relay (44.57) and Kellum, Kellum, Mallonee and Packard finished 29th in the boys 4x400 meter relay (3:34.77). Abbi Folks was also in action for the Kaws placing 14th in the girls triple jump (34'04.75). 

Atchison had four relay teams in action at the Relays two for the girls and two for the boys. The team of Arhianna Franklin, Emily Jaloma, Talia Rawls and Jaihlyn Bratton took 24th out of 42 teams in the girls 4x400 meter relay (4:20.48), while the team of Rawls, Franklin, Lillian Graf and Lyndi Hanson took 14th out of 16 teams in the 1600 medley (4:45.14). Also the team of Franklin, Rawls, Shiloh Campbell and Elizabeth Harper Redmen boys team of Frederick Simpson, Alex Martin, Seth Heckle and LaMarca Tolbert placed 34th in the boys 4x100 meter relay (45.04) and the team of Martin, Tolbert, Ben Horvatic and Joseph Cooper finished 45th in the 4x400 meter relay (3:47.45). 

A few former area high school athletes were also in action at the KU Relays competing for their college track teams. Former Riverside Cyclone, Dylan Poirier now competing for KU earned third in the decathlon out of 15 competitors winning the pole vault and 110 meter hurdles in the 10 events. For Nemaha Central Thunder, Shaylyn Stallbaumer now Kansas Jayhawk won the javelin competition in the Quad (46.89m) and former Washington County Tiger and now Jayhawk, Dylan Hodgson won the 1500 meter run in the Quad competition.

Pittsburg State Gorilla, Jordan Puvogel with three of her teammates took first in the women's 4x800 meter relay (9:31.18) and the former Hiawatha Red Hawk also took seventh in the 1500 meter run (4:46.33). 

Former Royal Valley Panther, Elizabeth Blevins who competes for Emporia State earned seventh place with three of her teammates in the women's 4x400 meter relay (4:02.71), while also taking 15th in the 400 meter dash (58.60) and 21st in the 200 meter dash (26.40). Fellow Emporia State Hornet, Colin Coleman the former Perry Lecompton Kaw competed as part of the men's 4x100 meter relay team (43.01) and took 12th place. 

Another former Royal Valley Panther, Thomas Broxterman now competing at Fort Hays State University took 29th in the men's 800 meter run (1:58.75). While for Atchison Redmen now Benedictine Raven, Jerel Rawls placed 18th in the 400 meter dash (50.62). 

Washburn was represented by multiple for area athletes as former Jeff West Tiger, Michael Majors place 19th in men's shot put (46'04), 24th in discus (122'05) and 27th in hammer throw (145'07). Former Doniphan West Mustang, Kenzie Blevins was part of the women's 4x100 meter relay (48.90) that took tenth place, just missing qualifying for finals by one spot. Zach Bradley, former Nemaha Central Thunder finished 27th in the 110 meter hurdles (16.24).

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