The 2012 Kansas Relays—established in 1923—will kick off this Wednesday (April 18) at the University of Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
Every year this event draws some of the nation’s top college and professional track and field athletes as well as some the region’s top high school performers. Moreover—with this being an Olympic year—you can bet your last dime that those college and professional athletes participating at this year’s Kansas Relays will be in top form as they attempt to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials which will be held in just two months (June 21 – July 1) at legendary Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Here is a look at some of the top Nebraska high school boys and girls that are tentatively scheduled to compete down in Lawrence at the 2012 Kansas Relays:
Clara Nichols, Millard South—She won last year’s Kansas Relays 400m. Currently holds the state’s top times in the 200m, 400m, and 800m.
Kenzo Cotton, Papillion-La Vista—He currently holds the state’s top times in the 100m and 200m.
Mach Dojiok, Omaha Benson—He currently holds state’s top 800m time.
Bryce Sheard, Papillion-La Vista—He currently holds state’s top triple jump mark.
Morgan Woitzel, Millard South—She currently holds the state’s second best 800m time.
Jacob Olson, Kearney—He currently holds state’s second best 800m time.
Dylan Utter, Papillion-La Vista—He currently holds state’s 2nd best shot put mark.
T.J. Schindler, Blair—He currently holds the state’s 6th best shot put mark.
Marshall Anderson, Papillion-La Vista—He currently holds the state’s 10th best 1600m time.
Of course, many Nebraska schools will also be bringing their relay teams along to compete against the region’s top teams. Perhaps the strongest Nebraska relay team entered is the Millard South girls 4×400 team, featuring Nichols and Woitzel. If the weather is right the team could make it onto the all-time chart mark.