LAWRENCE, Kan. — Mount Ayr senior Braydee Poore finished second in the high school boys high jump competition at the 86th running of the Kansas Relays here on Friday.
According to Mount Ayr activities director Delwyn Showalter, Poore is believed to be the first Mount Ayr athlete to be invited to compete at the Kansas Relays.
Friday’s high jump competition included 28 athletes from Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Colorado and Iowa.
Poore entered the competition at 5-10 and eventually cleared 6-6 before bowing out at 6-8.
“Due to the cool, windy conditions, Braydee came in at a routine height of 5-10 for him to get the blood flowing,” Mount Ayr head coach Brad Elliott said. “He sailed over the bar flawlessly on his way to three attempts at 6-8. After clearing 6-6, it looked as if Poore was the favorite with a more than adequate clearance.”
Poore was the only jumper in the field not to record a miss at the heights leading up to 6-8.
Kai Rowden of Olathe North High School (Kan.) was the only jumper to clear 6-8, winning the Kansas Relays high jump title.
Poore won a three-way tie at 6-6 based on fewest misses.
“This was a great performance by Braydee,” Elliott said. “Not only did he have a solid shot at winning the event, he gained valuable large meet experience as he prepares for this week’s Drake Relays.”
Rebekah Topham of Griswold finished fourth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:16.02 and finished fourth in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:02.07.