LAWRENCE, Kansas — Four Bryant Hornet seniors competed in one of the biggest track meets in the central region of the country Friday at the 88th annual Kansas Relays at Kansas University.
“Steven Murdock, Mar’Kevius Nelson, John Winn, and Brenden Young all turned in strong performances and represented Bryant and the state of Arkansas at a high level,” said Hornets coach Steve Oury.
In the 400-meter dash, Winn earned a fourth-place finish, breaking his own school record in the process. His time of 49.02 was 0.17 faster than his previous best from this year’s Cabot Panther Invitational.
Murdock earned an eighth-place finish in the 400 with a new personal record of 49.79.
Nelson earned a sixth place finish in the long jump with a new personal record leap of 22′ 4.5″.
Young placed 12th in the 300-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 40.35 and also placed 23rd in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 15.61.
The four then combined to run the 4 x 100 meter relay in 43.16, which was good enough for a fifth place finish.
“This was a great experience for these seniors,” Oury said. “They are some of the best athletes to ever compete for Bryant so it was wonderful to see them compete on a big stage in great facilities like Kansas has. The level of competition was national class, so I thought they really competed at a high level. This should give them some confidence as we head toward the conference and state meets.”
The 7A-East/Central Conference meet including Bryant, Cabot, Conway, Little Rock Catholic, Little Rock Central, North Little Rock, Van Buren and West Memphis will be this Friday, April 24, at Conway.