LAWRENCE, Kan. – Park University sent four athletes to Lawrence, Kansas, Thursday, beginning the KU Relays with Jerosan Fletcher leading the way, finishing fifth in the women's long jump. The Pirates also had three men's runners competing in three different events at KU's Memorial Stadium.
Jerosan Fletcher (Long Jump, 5th place, 5.66 meters)
Fletcher was fifth behind three NCAA Division II athletes and a competitor from the AMC, as Columbia's Abby Stricker won the event in 5.96 meters, less than half a meter better than Fletcher, who has already qualified for the event in next month's NAIA outdoor national championships.
William Henry (800 meters, 15th, 1:56.36)
Henry was less than half a second behind Robert Busch, from William Penn, who finished 14th, and his closing time of 1:56.36 was five seconds off the best time in the meet, won by Lindenwood's Ero Doce in 1:51.62, edging Daniel Koech, from host Kansas, by two tenths of a second.
Christian Skinner (1,500 meters, 12th, 4:00.35)
Skinner narrowly missed a second top 10 finish for the Pirates, less than a second behind Lindenwood's Colin Cernik. The winning time came from Nebraska Kearney's Cole Wellnitz, who finished the event in 3:49.90.
Ryan Zitter (Steeplechase, 18th, 10:08.07)
Zitter was behind Benedictine's Elijah Green by three seconds, while Pittsburg State's Dominick Fonseca ran away with a first-place finish, beating Nebraska Wesleyan's Chad Berens by more than eight seconds to win the event in 9:18.
Park sends six athletes to four events, Friday, beginning with Jerosan Fletcher in the 200-meter preliminaries at 12:25 p.m., followed by Esther Loukawila in the triple jump at 1 p.m. Fletcher is back in action at 3:50 p.m., in the 400-meter prelims, and at 6:30 p.m., the men's 4X400 meter relay team of Johnathan Hair, David Jackson, Danny Tucker and William Henry will run at KU's Memorial Stadium.