Records fall at Relays

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A total of three Kansas Relays records were set on day two of the 77th Kansas Relays at Memorial Stadium. The pleasant weather and great competition set the stage for an exciting day of track and field action.

Sarah Stevens started off the day by setting the Kansas Relays record in the girl's shot put with a throw of 48-08 ¼. The previous record was held by Manhattan's Pinkie Suggs, who threw the shot 46-11 ½ at the 1982 Kansas Relays.

"I was exciting. I was ready to have a good day and the weather was extremely nice today," said Stevens, the senior from Fort Collins High.

"I had no idea what the record was until another competitor broke it earlier in the day. I wasn't really trying to set a record - I just wanted to go out, compete and do my best."

Shawnee Heights senior Trisa Nickoley won her fourth-straight 800-meter title at the Kansas Relays in a record time of 2:06.76.

"I felt really good going out there today. Last year, I got the record with a 2:12 time, so going into today's race I thought I could get a new record. I was actually shooting for a 2:09 today and did better than that with a 2:06," said Nickoley.

"It is a big deal for me to win four straight. The Relays have a lot of history and it means a lot to win here."

Like many athletes, the facilities are an attraction for Nickoley.

"I like running here because of the videoboard. I watched it coming down the stretch and saw my time. I pushed it even harder because I knew I was going to be able to put up a good time," said Nickoley.

Korene Hinds, who finished with a time of 10:34.43, set the women's 3000-meter steeplechase record and cruised to an easy victory.

"It was good to win that big since it was my first steeplechase of the year season and I had not done any workouts for this event," said Hinds.

"I was very happy with my performance, knowing that I had such a big lead the whole time. Sometimes you just have to run the race even if you don't have any competition."

Race director Tim Weaver was thrilled with the competition and overall atmosphere of Friday.

"Today exceeded all of my expectations. From a meet management point of view, it was the best Friday we've enjoyed since I've been meet director," Weaver said.

"Looking at the day through a fan's eyes, we had amazing weather, a great crowd, and some outstanding record-breaking performances. Everything contributed to a festive atmosphere. Add to that Al Oerter, Jim Ryun, Billy Mills, Wes Santee, and Bob Timmons walking around in the crowds, and it was a very special day," Weaver added. Top Stories