Great Northern Athletes At Kansas Relays

Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the Kansas Relays at the University of Kansas. Results

Photographs by Kevin PitzPatrick

Great Northern rivals sophomore Delaney FitzPatrick from Lakeland and junior Rachel Sudbury from Tomahawk traveled to Lawrence, Kansas, where the University of Kansas hosted the Kansas Relays. FitzPatrick competed in the 1600m run and 2000m steeplechase events while Sudbury ran in the 800m run. The scoreboard [above] at Kivosto Field shows FitzPatrick in the steeplechase event.

Delaney FitzPatrick in the 1600m run [above and below left]. FitzPatrick is shown attacking some of the 'hurdles' put inthe way of the steeplechase runners [above and below right]. FitzPatrick finished second in the steeplechase race and 11th in the 1600m. The steeplechase is a college and Olympic event.

Waterbarrier in the steeplechase

Delaney FitzPatrick is pictured with American running legend Jim Ryun and Ryun's wife Anne. Ryun was the first "high school" runner to break the four minute barrier (3:59.0 as a junior in 1964). He held the World record from July 17, 1966 (3:51.3, he ran 3:51.1 in 1967) until May 17, 1975. Jim Ryun is a former University of Kansas track athlete and United States congressman from the 2nd district in Kansas.

Above: Rachel Sudbury [above-middle runner] in the 800m run at the Kansas Relays

Sudbury [#6] finished 21st in the 800m run. The winning time for high school girls was 2:10.07 [Samantha Levin Ladue HS, KS]. Flashback: Young Kansas runners getting their start in the 800m run.

Rachel Sudbury [2nd from left above] at the start of her heat of the 800m run..