Morningside's Mark Abrams set a school record in the 10,000 meters Friday at the Sioux City Relays.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The 50th edition of the Sioux City Relays started on Friday. The two-day event at Olsen Stadium starts with mostly college athletes competing. The bad weather that seems to plague the Relays was replaced with plenty of sunshine.
The first event on the track is the longest, the 10,000 meter run, which is just over six miles.
It was a two-man race for most of the way. Morningside senior Garret Ehlers led teammate Mark Abrams with just a half mile to go. But Abrams pulled away in the final lap, winning in a school record time of 32 minutes and 19 seconds. Ehlers collapsed at the finish line. He was eventually fine and finished third.
"It was just like one of those memorable races, just awesome races," said Abrams. "It just unfolded right before my eyes. It's probably one of the greatest things I'll ever remember."
There were mainly preliminary races on Friday. In the women's 100 meter hurdles, Northwestern's Karen Hutson, ranked first in the GPAC and fifth nationallly in the NAIA, had the top qualifying time in :15.2 seconds.
In the men's 110 high hurdles, the top eight also advanced. Summit League leader Teivlaske Lewin of South Dakota, from Jamaica, won his heat and qualified third. The defending champ in the 110 hurdles is Dordt's Eric Francis. He won his heat and qualified sixth in :15.5 seconds.
In the women's 4x100 relay prelims, Northwestern College edged USD in the first heat, with Jahdai Dunk running the anchor leg.
The first event Saturday is the high school girls 3000 meter run at 8:00 AM. For all the results go to screlays.com.
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