KU fares well in Kansas Relays

The air was warm and the skies were sunny, but the athletes shone even brighter on the second day of the Kansas Relays. Three records were set during day two of competition and several Jayhawks turned in wins.

"The world class athletes are always a draw. But what the fans really like to see is the athletes with Kansas across their chest doing well," said meet director Tim Weaver.

Kansas' Gavin Ball won the shot put with a throw of 59-9.5, continuing an impressive freshman campaign. The distance was a personal best.

"I just threw kind of flat and wasn't getting any height on my throws. It is really special for me to win at a storied track and field meet like the Kansas Relays," said Ball

Former Jayhawk Scott Russell represented Nike Athletics, taking first in javelin with a distance of 242-08. It is his third javelin title at the Relays.

"I felt pretty good about my performance today and it was a great way to start my season," said Russell.

Russell won by a wide margin on his first attempt, but battled the windy conditions to try for a better throw. Fans in attendance thought he had done just that with his last heave, but the cheering crowd was quieted by a red flag.

"Some of the things that I have been working on came together on my last throw. I just brought a little too much speed on the runway and it turned out to be a foul," explained Russell.

An array of spectators dotted the landscape, providing and boost for Russell and other athletes.

"The home crowd is always awesome," said Russell.

"It was nice to have so many fans here at the Kansas Relays," agreed Ball.

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