816 North track: Kansas Relays preview

04/15/2014 5:03 PM

04/15/2014 5:04 PM

Here are five storylines to watch this week at the Kansas Relays:

1.

NeKiesha Bailey began her junior season in track and field by breaking a North Kansas City High School record in the girls high jump that had stood for 37 years.

The bar has been set again. Figuratively speaking, of course.

Bailey will be one of the top competitors in Lawrence on Friday and Saturday, and she will stay plenty busy both days. In addition to the high jump, she is scheduled to compete in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles, and she also occupies a spot on the school's 4x100 relay team.

Bailey will compete in her premiere event, the high jump, at 9 a.m. Saturday. The event runs simultaneously with the long jump.

2.

Liberty North hurdler Andrew Madison placed fourth in the 300- and 110-hurdles at the Missouri Class 3 state championship meet last spring.

He has his sights set even higher now. Madison is the top-ranked 300 hurdler in Missouri midway through the track season. He's also ranked third in the 110 hurdles.

The 110-hurdles preliminary race takes place at 9:55 a.m. Friday. The 300 hurdles will start at 1:55 p.m. Friday.

Liberty's Alex Jimenez will also compete in the 300 hurdles. He is ranked seventh in Missouri in the event.

3.

Winnetonka junior Sabrina Monsees will be running with a little more confidence this weekend at the Kansas Relays.

Monsees posted her fastest time of the season in the 800 (2 minutes, 14.64 seconds) last weekend at the Arcadia Invitational in California. The meet in considered perhaps the most competitive high school meet in the country. Monsees was up for the challenge. Her season-best places her second among the fastest times recorded for Missouri runners in the event this season.

Monsees placed fifth in the same event at the Missouri Class 4 state meet last season.

4.

Platte County senior Kevin Schultz has already etched his name into the school record books. He owns the best high jump in school history at 6 feet, 6 inches.

A returning state medalist, he is still hoping for even more when he makes the trek to the Kansas Relays.

Schultz is looking to stay in the mix for a spot on the podium in the high jump, which is scheduled at 9 a.m. Friday. He placed fifth in the event last season at the Missouri Class 3 state meet.

5.

Debuts don't come much better than the one Park Hill Kyle Pudenz enjoyed earlier this spring.

In his first 3,200 race of the season, Pudenz established a school record. He looks to keep the momentum rolling at 12:40 p.m. Friday in Lawrence.

Pudenz will also run in the 1,600 at noon Saturday.

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