The Hornet men and women brought home fourteen top four finishes at the 91st Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas last weekend.
In the first two days of competition, Emporia State racked up third-place finishes from senior thrower Alec Garcia in the men’s shot put and senior multi-athlete Payson Maydew in the decathalon, as well as a fourth-place finish in the men’s 5000-meter run by senior distance runner Brian Newkirk. Senior multi- event athlete Brianna Schmitz also placed fourth in the women’s heptathlon.
On the third day of competition, the Hornet men clenched two top three finishes. The men’s 4x800-meter relay finished first, and it was comprised of sophomore Jared Reinke, junior Cole Bosley, sophomore Murad Baheyadeen, and senior Thomas LaRoche.
The men’s distance medley relay placed third overall; it was run by Bosley, senior Wyatt Sander, Baheyadeen and Reinke.
The Hornets won eight of the fourteen medals on the final day of competition.
Junior Taysean Goodwin took first place in the men’s 400-meter dash and fourth in the men’s 200-meter dash. Close behind him was senior Duke Tibbs, placing fourth in the 400-meter dash.
LaRoche took first in the men’s 800-meter, while Baheyadeen took third.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay took the gold, run by freshman Brandon Rhone, junior Colin Coleman, LaRoche and anchored by Goodwin.
The Hornet men also finished second in the 4x100-meter relay; Coleman, Goodwin, junior Malcolm Dade, and Tibbs all received silver medals.
The Hornet women sprinted to a first place finish in the women’s 4x100-meter relay, comprised of sophomore Jazmin Williams, junior Hannah Shield, senior Malacia Lee and senior Lati Yeargin.
The Hornets will be back on the oval tomorrow and Saturday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.