Kansas Relays a success

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A total of 16 records were broken or tied over three days of outstanding competition at the 77th annual Kansas Relays. The amazing weather and record-breaking performances made way for one of the most exciting weekends the Relays have ever seen.

Nathan Leeper and Austra Skujyte were named most outstanding performers of the meet. Leeper recorded a first place finish in the men’s high jump with a mark of 7-05.75, which stands as the second best in the world this year. Skujyte won the women’s long jump with a mark of 20-04.25 and took home the shot put title with a throw of 52-01.25.

Fort Collins high school senior Sarah Stevens and KC Central high school senior Julius Jiles were named most outstanding high school performers of the meet. Stevens set two Kansas Relays records in the shot put and discus with marks of 48-08.25 and 156-06, respectively. Jiles tied the Kansas Relays record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 37.42 and won the 110-meter hurdles title with a time of 14.23. After the meet Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine announced that Jiles has signed and will be a part of the track and field program next year at KU.

"We had a meet full of amazing performances," said meet director Tim Weaver. "So many, in fact, that the only reasonable choice was to name four athletes as our outstanding performers. Both on the track and in the field, they have helped make the 2004 Kansas Relays a success."

Leo Bookman won the invitational 100-meter dash in a Kansas Relay record time of 10.04. The time ranks as the fifth fastest wind-aided performance in the world this year. KU junior Jeremy Mims won the 800-meter run in a time of 1:50.82, while Kansas assistant head coach Doug Reynolds won the men's discus with a throw of 197-02.

"From the competition, to the crowds, to the weather and to the atmosphere, I am so pleased with the 77th edition of the meet," Weaver added. "I am indebted to the hundreds of officials, volunteers and KU staffers who have made this tremendous weekend possible. As crazy as this sounds I'm all ready excited about the 2005 event!"

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