On Friday and Saturday this past weekend, a select number of athletes from the East Track and Field Team participated in the Kansas University Relays at the school’s new ‘Rock Chalk Park.’ The athletes were selected from all over the midwest including Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Juniors Will Oakley and Erik Harken were the first two to compete in the relays in the 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles on Friday. Harken ran the 110’s in 15.37 seconds, then the 300’s in 41.60 seconds placing him second and third in his heats respectively. Oakley did not finish the 110’s after being forced out of his lane by another hurdler, but ran the 300’s in 41.84 seconds placing him third in his heat.
Seniors Dylan Martz and Jack McDonald, junior George Miller and freshman Will Clough ran the boys’ distance medley placing 15 overall.
Senior Grace Quinlan also ran on Friday in the girls’ 800m race. She finished with a time of 2:24 and got eighth in her heat.
To start off the day on Saturday, Martz and Clough ran in the boys’ four by 800m relay accompanied by junior Will Moore and freshman John Arnspiger. The group placed 26.
The girls had a busy day on Saturday, starting with the sprint medley relay, run by Quinlan, senior Annie Kuklenski, and juniors Kaycee Mayfield and Phoebe Aguiar. The group finished ninth overall.
Next up was the girls’ four by 200m relay with Quinlan, Aguiar, senior Brit Hoffman and freshman Hope Dunn. They finished 23 overall.
East’s day was ended with the girls’ four by 400m relay run by Mayfield, Aguiar, Dunn and Quinlan. The girls closed off the two day meet with an impressive seventh place, dropping two seconds on their personal record.