Stacked Eureka relay claims KU victory


LAWRENCE, Kan. – Eureka loaded up its girls 2-mile relay team for the first time this year, and it produced results even better than expected.

Running a full 2-mile relay (4 x 880) at the Kansas Relays, the Wildcats rolled off a 9:30.75 and were nearly 14 seconds ahead of second place Olathe East (9:44.35). Eureka’s time converts to a 3,200-meter relay mark of 9:27.44, which is a 10-second improvement on the state’s best time owned by Rock Bridge.

The baton started with Angie Sumner, and she gave the Wildcats a three-second lead after two laps. Eilish Overby and Megan Cunningham stretched that lead to seven seconds over Olathe East before turning the stick over to Hannah Long on the anchor leg for a 2:13 final leg split.

“I wanted to get the best start I could for my team because I know there are some really fast people out there,” Sumner said. “Our whole team wants to be on the 4x800; that’s what everyone talks about at Eureka. It’s good to be a part of it.

“This is the first time we’ve had both me and Hannah on the team, so we’ll keep improving from there.”

Eureka’s previous best mark was the 9:42 run last week at Henle Holmes. Rock Bridge had the state’s previous best time at 9:37.95.

Blue Springs and Fox were pitted in a two-team race in the boys 2-mile relay, and Simon Belete opened up a small gap on the third leg for Blue Springs. But defending champion Monroe (WI) came storming from back in the pack and captured the race in 8:02.05 after Ethan Moehn churned out a final lap 59.29 to pull his squad into first.