LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Despite opening the final day of the 2003 Kansas Relays with heavy showers and lightening Saturday, causing a two-hour delay in Memorial Stadium, the events resumed at 11:00 a.m. and all but eight events were completed before the storm returned. The rain couldn't stop record-breaking performances however, as men's shot put competitor Kevin Toth threw a massive 74-04.50, the best throw in the world since 1988 and a new Relays record.
Three other records were set in the final day of competition, including the girl's high school 4x200m relay (Tulsa Washington, 1:45.65), the girl's high school discus (Melanie Uher, 156-03) and the women's pole vault (Andrea Dutoit, unattached, 13-10.50).
The highly anticipated men's invitational mile title was claimed by former Kansas standout Charlie Gruber with a time of 4:05.21. Premier miler Alan Webb of Nike came in second (4:06.73) and high school standout Adam Perkins came in third (4:10.12).
For the Kansas men, junior T.J. Hackler won the high jump (6-09.50), senior Jeremy Hull took second in the invitational pole vault (16-04.75) and senior Anson Jackson came in third in the 110m hurdles (14.02). The Kansas women were led by sophomore Brooklyn Hann's first-place finish in the 100m hurdles (14.21), freshman Yvonne Calzonetti's third-place finish in the pole vault (12-00.00) and sophomore Kim Clark's fifth-place finish in the 800m run (2:14.79). Toth and Dutoit were announced as the 2003 Kansas Relays Most Outstanding Performers at the conclusion of the meet. Kansas will compete at the Drake Relays next weekend, April 23-26, in Des Moines, Iowa.