The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's track & field teams have another quick turnaround this week, heading across country for the 85th running of the storied Kansas Relays hosted by Kansas University.
Multi events are set to get underway Wednesday at 10 a.m., concluding Thursday starting at 8:30 a.m. A handful of track and field events will also take place Thursday, with the majority getting underway Friday at 8 a.m. and concluding Saturday starting again at 8 a.m.
The Black & Gold Network caught up with Milwaukee high jumpers Nick Hughes and Laura Hamel before the track & field teams headed to the Kansas Relays this weekend. The duo talked about being ranked second in school history in the high jump, earning League Athlete of the Week honors and expanding into other events.
Scouting The Meet
The Kansas Relays is one of the premier events held in the U.S. every year, bringing together a collection of talented high school, collegiate and professional athletes for four days of track and field competition at the Hershberger Track and McCook-Olympic Field inside historic Memorial Stadium.
This year, approximately 90 different schools and teams will be on hand for the four-day meet.
Follow along online with live results here: http://www.deltatiming.com/results/events_byschedule.aspx?yf=2012&mf=2012-kansas-relays
The final two days of events will also be broadcast online starting at 9:30 a.m. at http://www.kuathletics.com/allaccess/?media=305227
Last Time Out
For the second-straight week, Milwaukee battled the elements while taking part in the Pacesetter Quad hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. Despite dealing with wind and rain, the Panthers still took home three first-place finishes and added four more runner-up performances.
Nick Hughes and Laura Hamel each were outstanding in high jump, both now ranking second in school history after a remarkable weekend.
Two weeks after placing an outstanding 12 individuals in the nation's top 100 in various events, the Panthers have battled the elements in their last two meets but still have seven ranked with the best in the country.
Junior Durell Busby hold's Milwaukee's highest ranking, sitting 26th in the nation in 110m hurdles with a time of 13.95. UWM has a pair of triple jumpers on the national lists. Freshman Aaron Dillon is currently 49th on the men's side with a leap of 15.20m in the season opener, while junior Samia Taylor is 51st on the women's side with a mark of 12.49m.
Other Panthers currently receiving national attention are sophomore Nick Hughes in high jump (2.10m/56th), sophomore Dexter Schleis in 400m hurdles (52.24/59th), and seniors Ben Crogan (6,290 points/74th) and Drew Feuk (6,234 points/80th), both in the decathlon.
The Panthers will return to action next weekend, heading to two separate meets. The 103rd running of the Drake Relays will take place Thursday through Saturday (April 26-28), while the Marquette Invitational starts Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. at Valley Fields.