Wildcats Set Record at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa In the second day of the 98th Drake Relays on Friday, Kansas State set a new school record and advanced one athlete and one relay team to Saturday’s finals at Drake Stadium.


The women’s distance medley relay team of freshman Beverly Ramos, senior Shunte Thomas, junior Morgan Bonds and sophomore Liliani Mendez registered a school record time of 11:09.43 for a third-place finish. The previous K-State record was set at the 2000 Drake Relays by Korene Hinds, Nicole Grose, Amanda Crouse and Amy Mortimer in a time of 11:09.99


Thomas and Bonds helped a second relay team on Friday afternoon. The duo joined senior Monique Coleman and junior Donniece Parrish in the 4x400-meter relay to register the third-fastest time in school history at 3:36.36. This is a new season-best for K-State, surpassing the regional qualifying mark of 3:39.12 from the Jim Click Shootout on March 24. The time qualifies the Wildcats for Saturday’s final at 5:51 p.m.


Parrish went it alone in the women’s 100-meter dash, as she qualified for Saturday’s final with a personal season-best clocking of 11.86. The product of Florissant, Mo., has a career-best time of 11.80 from the 2006 UTEP Invitational. The final is schedule for 2:50 p.m. on the blue track of Drake Stadium.


Kansas State will conclude action at the 98th Drake Relays on Saturday.