Three Wildcats Finish Top-10 at Kansas Relays


LAWRENCE, Kan. – With the majority of the team travelling to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the John McDonnell Invitational this weekend, three Wildcat distance runners made the short trip down I-70 to compete in the 10,000-meter run at the Kansas Relays on Thursday night.

Brett Bachman went on to record the Wildcats’ best finish of the evening, taking fourth place, while his twin brother Jeff Bachman claimed fifth place and Bryan Zack finished in seventh place. 

“It was Jeff’s second 10,0000-meter run of his career and the first for Brett and Bryan,” distance coach Ryun Godfrey said about Thursday night’s performances. “They ran a smart race and had an even pace. Their last lap was the fastest lap, which is always our intention. I think it went really well.”

Brett Bachman, competing in the first 10,000-meter run of his career, put on an impressive performance on the track. The junior held strong in the top-five until the midway point of the race, where he slipped down to ninth place with 2,000 meters to go. However, he would turn on the jets and make up five positions over the last 1,600 meters to finish in fourth place with a time of 30:41.21. 

His brother Jeff Bachman finished just over two seconds behind him, coming in fifth place with a personal-best effort of 30:43.41 in the second 10,000-meter run of his career. Jeff recorded his previous personal best in the event at last season’s Battle of the Bayou in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he finished in first place and set the meet record with a time of 31:22.66. 

K-State’s final competitor in Thursday’s race was Zack, who finished in seventh place after crossing the finish line in 30:46.07. Also competing in the first 10,000-meter run of his career, the junior broke into the top-10 at the 4,800-meter mark and held firm inside the top-10 to solidify his final position in the competition. 

The rest of the Wildcats return to action on Friday afternoon at the John McDonnell Invitational, hosted by the University of Arkansas at John McDonnell Field. Live results for both days of competition will be provided by Flash Results and can be found here.

Fans will have the opportunity to catch all of Saturday’s action live on the SEC Network+ beginning at 4 p.m. The live stream of the race can be found here.

More information on the meet, including an updated schedule and ticketing information, can be found on Arkansas’ track and field website by clicking here.

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