Krechyk Sets Record and Turcotte Takes Home Gold for KU on Day Two of Relays
April 19, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - A record-breaking performance by senior Alena Krechyk headlined the second day of competition for the Jayhawks during the 85th annual Kansas Relays. She and teammate Tessa Turcotte captured first-place finishes in the hammer throw and 3000-meters, respectively.
Krechyk set a new Kansas Relays record, not once or twice, but a total of four times during her six throws. The Grodno, Belarus native also broke her own KU school record in the event and had the best toss in the Big 12 Conference this year with her fifth throw. That attempt was the fourth-best throw in the nation thus far during the 2012 outdoor season.
Krechyk eclipsed the previous Relays record of 61.92m (203-2 ft.), set by KU's Zlata Tarasova in 2007, with her first toss which landed 63.55 meters (208-05) from the circle. Her second and fourth throws were equally as impressive (64.16m) on the second toss and (65.10m) after the fourth. Her fifth attempt would be the eventual record as she set a new standard for Relays competitors, heaving the hammer 66.05m (216-07), for a first-place finish.
Junior Tessa Turcotte carried that momentum into the night's distance carnival as she ran away with a first-place finish in the women's 3000 meters. Her 10:08.45 time was a season best performance and gave KU its second champion on the day.
Wednesday's competition began shortly after 9 a.m. with the final three events of the heptathlon. Kansas freshman Lindsay Vollmer followed up her solid first day with a second-place finish in the long jump, with a wind-aided distance of 5.49 meters (18-00.25 ft.), which netted her 697 points. Sophomore Amanda Caines placed fifth in the event with her wind-aided 5.22 meter (17-01.50 ft) jump, that gave her 620 points.
Vollmer then went onto claim first in the javelin portion with her 42.02m (137-10 ft.) throw, which netted her 706 points. Caines threw 20.24 meters (66-05 ft.) and scored 293 points in the heptathlon's second to last event.
An injury heading into the 800 meters unfortunately forced Vollmer to scratch from the event, while Caines placed seventh with a time of 2:36.22, which added 617 points to her total. Caines finished her first ever heptathlon in seventh place with 4,063 total points, while Vollmer accumulated a total of 4,707 points competing in six of second heptathlon events, but did not officially place.
The Jayhawks continued to impress during the night's distance carnival as Josh Baden and Evan Landes finished back-to-back, coming in third and fourth place, respectively. Baden battled Pittsburg State's Adam Volkert in heat two for the early part of race, but the KU junior lost his shoe midway through, allowing the Gorilla runner to surge ahead. Baden finished the 5K in 14:50.89, while Landes completed the event with a time of 14:51.32.
Leading the way for the Jayhawks in the unseeded events was freshman Ragan Allen, with her fifth-place performance in the 1500 meters (4:44.49). The men were headlined by Sean Proehl, who finished the 1500 meters in 1:55.66.
DAY TWO NOTES
-Senior thrower Alena Krechyk set a new Kansas Relays record three times with separate tosses in the hammer throw... She finished first in the event with a personal best and new Relays record of 66.05m.
-Freshman Evan Landes shaved more than seven seconds off his season-best time in the 5,000 meters with his 14:51.32, third-place performance.
DAY TWO QUOTES
Kansas junior distance runner Tessa Turcotte
On keeping her focus while leading the majority of the race:
On her thoughts as she neared the finish line:
On posting a time of 10:08.45 to claim first place:
KU junior distance runner Josh Baden
On staying up near the leaders: