Kansas earns its first win in Relays

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas junior Kim Clark recorded a first place finish in the unseeded 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.30 in the opening day of the 77th annual Kansas Relays at Memorial Stadium.

"It's pretty exciting to come out and win this early," said Clark.

"I started out really fast, but I sort of died towards the end because of the wind. It was definitely not one of my better times. The main reason my time wasn't as good as it should have been was the wind."

The day was highlighted by sunny skies as many watched an exciting distance carnival.

"Without a doubt this is the best distance carnival we have seen in my time at Kansas," Meet Director Tim Weaver said. "The combination of tough competition, a great atmosphere and outstanding weather gave us a exceptional start to what promises to be a fantastic weekend."

Wichita State sophomore Desiraye Osburn won the 3000-meter run in a time of 10:05.98, while Mary Grene of Athletics Wichita took home the 1500-meter title in a time of 4:55.52.

On the men's side of competition, Nick Welihozkiy won the hammer throw with a mark of 210-09. Kansas State's Ryan Creadick threw the hammer a regional qualifying distance of 185-08 to finish second overall, while teammate Mathew Chesang recorded a first place finish in the 5000-meter run with a time of 14:29.69.

KU sophomore Adam Fitts finished third in the hammer with a season-best mark of 181-07 and freshman John Cook recorded a season-best in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.17.

The Kansas Relays continue tomorrow, Friday, April 16, beginning with the boy's javelin at 8:00 a.m.

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