LAWRENCE — Great Bend’s returning state runner-up Kerby Depenbusch placed 10th (4:27.89) as the second-fastest Kansan runner in Saturday’s KU Relays. Wichita Collegiate’s 3A state champion Laklin Conrad finished ninth (4:27.72). The top eight runners were from Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma ad Nebraska.
Kansas State track signee Depenbusch placed second in the 5A 3,200 (9:33.18) and third in the 5A 1,600 (4:27.56) last year.
The Great Bend girls 3,200-meter relay improved 18 seconds (10:11.19) with Baleigh Fry, McKenna Esfeld, Olivia Rugan and Paloma Sandoval and placed 18th with the fourth-fastest time in 5A. They won the Shocker Prestate Challenge at Wichita State.
Panther sprinter LoCora Bryant (12.64) placed 15th. Bryant (12.17) sports the fifth-fastest 100-meter time. Bryant placed sixth in the 5A 100 meters last year.
The Panthers’ 3,200 boys relay (8:32.14) of Jesus Sanchez, Collin Hammond, Evan Hammond and Josh Tomlin placed 25th. The Panthers placed fourth at Wichita State and own the 17th-fastest time in the state.
100m—15—LoCora Bryant, 12.64
3,200m—18—Kerby Depenbusch, 10:00.82
Girls sprint medley—Great Bend, DQ (LoCora Bryant, Annie Mills, McKenna Esfeld, Baleigh Fry)
1,600m—10—Kerby Depenbusch, 4;27.89
3,200m boys relay—25—Great Bend, 8:32.14 (Jesus Sanchez, Collin Hammond, Evan Hammond, Josh Tomlin)
3,200m girls relay—18—Great Bend, 10:11.19 (Baleigh Fry, McKenna Esfeld, Olivia Rugan, Paloma Sandoval)