Scott Russell won the javelin throw at the Kansas Relays for the ninth time in 12 years with a throw of 264 feet, 5 inches on Friday.
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The 33-year-old Canadian fell short of the standard he needed to qualify for the Olympics, but he only needs one more toss this season of more than 260-10 to make the team for second straight time.
”I have to be happy with Olympic B Standard,”’ Russell said, ”that knocks off half job for the season until my next meet.”
Russell, a University of Kansas graduate who lives in Bonner Springs, said this will be his final season trying to qualify for the Olympics.
Kansas All-American shot putter Mason Finley blew away the field with a mark of 65-3 1/4, which is best in the NCAA this year.
Missouri freshman Kearsten Peoples won the collegiate women’s shot put with a mark of 57- 3/4, a Kansas Relays record.
Olympian Bershawn Jackson returns to the Kansas Relays on Saturday for the eighth time in nine years.
Jackson currently holds the meet record in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 48.32 seconds, which he set in 2008. He also holds the fastest time in the world this year, 48.49 seconds, which he set at the Florida Relays last week.
Jackson, who is a regular at the USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships since 2008, will try to defend his 400-meter hurdle title for a second consecutive year and capture his seventh first-place finish since 2003.
Kansas Relays 100-meter record-holder Ivory Williams along with Rae Edwards on the men’s side and Olympians Muna Lee and LaShaunte’a Moore on the women’s side will be on hand Saturday as well.
Williams’ mark of 9.95 seconds is the only sub-10 second 100 meter dash in the history of the Kansas Relays.
Williams will try to defend his 100-meter dash crown for a third consecutive year.
Edwards will return to the Relays for the third time. He won the bronze medal at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships.
Lee, a Kansas City, Mo., native, was an Olympian in 2004 and 2008 and is considered to be one of the fastest women to come out of Kansas City. Her 10.85 second mark in the 100-meters makes her one of just 30 women all-time to run at 10.85 or better.
Moore was a member of the 2004 Olympic team as a junior at Arkansas. She won bronze in the 200-meter dash at the World Championships in 2007. She was ranked 14th in 2011.