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Several Johnson County athletes shine among top-level field at Kansas Relays

Olathe North senior Dana Baker competed Saturday, April 21, 2018, in the shot put during the Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence. Baker placed 16th in the shot put and won the girls’ javelin.
Olathe North senior Dana Baker competed Saturday, April 21, 2018, in the shot put during the Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence. Baker placed 16th in the shot put and won the girls’ javelin. Special to The Star

The Kansas Relays annually attracts the best of the best in high school track and field from the region.

The 91st edition of the tradition-laden meet last weekend was no exception and several athletes from Johnson County turned in top performances despite cool and rainy conditions at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence.

Those performances came against elite athletes from Kansas and eight other states.

The Blue Valley Southwest boys’ 3,200-meter relay team bested teams from Ames, Iowa, and St. Louis University High to win with a time of 8 minutes, 2.87 seconds. The team benefitted from a 1:56.49 split from anchor Andrew Lawrence during the final 800.

Olathe South’s Emmanuel Okwuone also brought home a gold medal when he won the boys’ 300 hurdles in 38.79 seconds. Okwuone outran hurdlers from Chillicothe, Missouri, and Jenks, Oklahoma, for the victory.

Shawnee Mission West’s Jack Durst won the boys’ high jump — clearing 6 feet, 8 inches — and Olathe North’s Dana Baker won the girls’ javelin with a throw of 166-6.

In a battle of state-champion distance runners, SM Northwest’s Molly Born finished second to Blue Springs South’s Tori Findley in the 3,200 meters. Findley won in 10:35.25 followed by Born, who finished in 10:45.70.

St. James Academy’s girls’ 3,200 relay finished second behind girls meet champion Lee’s Summit West.

Other runners-up included Olathe North’s Maddie Righter in the girls’ high jump, Olathe East’s Bailey Turner in the girls’ long jump, SM East’s Jessie Stindt in the boys’ triple jump, Blue Valley Northwest’s Hayes Pateidl in the boys’ 2,000 steeplechase, and BV West’s boys’ sprint medley relay.

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