Kansas Relays: 4x400m ends relays in exciting fashion

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The Kansas women’s 4×400-meter relay team won in the second to last event of the afternoon due to two strong performances from sophomore Taylor Washington in the second leg of the race and freshman Diamond Dixon in the third.

Of course, the Jayhawk men made sure they weren’t outdone, winning their 4×400-meter relay, the final event of the Relays.

“After the girls won, we had to win ours or they’ll have bragging rights on us for the week,” said senior Keron Toussaint, who ran the final leg of the men’s relay for Kansas.

While all four members of each relay team ran well, it was Dixon and Toussaint who stood out. Dixon had won the women’s 400-meter dash not even two hours prior to the relay. Although Dixon’s legs weren’t fresh for the relay, she said she wasn’t as tired as one would anticipate

“I really want to be there for my team,” Dixon said. “I’m out there and in it to win it.”

Dixon’s overall performance in the Relays earned her high praise from senior Kendra Bradley, who ran the first leg.

“I heard that she was fast out of high school but after actually seeing her run, I did not hear enough about her,” Bradley said.

The Jayhawks threatened the meet record, falling short by only two seconds. They gained the lead for good in the second leg of the meet, run by Washington.

“Taylor is our really strong 400 runner,” Bradley said. “Being second leg is all about getting out. She held on close until her last 100 and then she kind of took out.”

The men’s relay was no less impressive, and even more exciting. Kansas maintained position in the top three or four runners for the duration of the race, but it wasn’t until Toussaint’s final 200 meters that they moved into first. It was a sweet ending to a tough three days for Toussaint. He was scheduled to run in the 400 meters but he withdrew because of a 24-hour flu. Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine allowed Toussaint to run in one event, and he made the most of it.

“I just wanted to win,” Toussaint said with a smile.

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Apr 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Fashion
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