Through all the hype and hoopla and the throngs of cheers, Cailie Logue, Molly Born and Emily Venters just keep on chuggin'.
The results will show that Logue, the senior standout from Girard who is headed to Iowa State University next fall, won the 2017 Kansas Relays 3200 meters with a record-smashing run of 10:09.97. She edged Shawnee Mission Northwest's Born, who led from the start and until 50 meters remained before settling for second place in 10:10.64.
Lawrence Free State's Venters ran with the duo for much of the race and finished third in 10:16.61. All three runners smoked the previous Kansas Relays record of 10:25.42 set in 2008 by Emily Sisson, who went on to become a three-time NCAA Division I champion and 11 time All American at Providence College.
The matchup of these three distance standouts was much-anticipated and had spectators talking before -- and after -- the race. It was a highlight among many highlights for Kansas runners as the first day of high school competition took place on Friday.
Their times fall as the fifth, sixth and eighth fastest 3200 meter times in the United States so far this spring season.
"I wanted to run a fast time and finish on empty," said Logue, who hammered a 70 second last quarter to catch Born just before the finish. "I really couldn't have done that without Molly and Emily here today. It's so much fun to run with these girls."
Born, a junior and the two-time Class 6A champion in this event, set the pace early, charging out to a 5:08 opening mile. She finished in 5:02 for her final time of 10:10.64. She, too, credited her rivals for the career-best effort.
"I just wanted to get out and run fast and I was able to do that because of them," she said.
Logue's closing mile was 5:00. Venters, a senior headed to Boise State next fall, opened in 5:09 and finished in 5:07 to post a nine-second career best.
"It helps a lot having these two girls pushing me," Venters said. "The pace honestly didn't feel all that fast because they were with me. When you have a pack and there's these awesome two girls to chase, it helps you run PRs."
Born and Venters will run Saturday in the 1600 meter run.
Even before the girls 3200 meter race, Kansas athletes were already out to a great day on Friday despite the cold, windy conditions.
St. Thomas Aquinas' Alex Gill and Manhattan's Cara Melgares had the fastest 1600 meter splits of the morning. Gill took the baton in the 4 X 1600 relay in third place, but then proceeded to run 4:20 to rally his team to victory (18:10.39). Melgares got the baton in the girls race in fifth place, but put up a time of 5:05 to pull her team to the medal stand in third place (21:43.75).
Kansas girls placed second in three field events, including Dana Baker of Olathe North in the javelin (142-11), Rachel Mayberry of Olathe Northwest in the pole vault (11-6), and Kayla Smith of Valley Heights in the triple jump (37-11.5). Alyssa Miller of Hill City was third in the discus (134-8) and Beloit's Sydney Johnson was fourth (131-3).
Michael Hoffer of Shawnee Heights cleared 6-8 to place second in the high jump.
In the boys 3200 meter finals, Alex Moen of Andover was the top Kansas finisher, placing fourth with a nine-second career-best time of 9:25. Spring Hill's Dylan Brenneman was eighth at 9:30.
Hurdling sensation Noah Green of St. Thomas Aquinas thrilled the crowd with a win in the 300 hurdles, clocking 38.19 -- about one and one-half seconds better than runner-up Delano Anderson of East St. Louis.
Late in the afternoon, Olpe's Kyler True put up a workmanlike 1:54.20 to lead a 1-2-3 sweep by Kansas runners in the boys 800 meters. Connar Southard of Pittsburg was second in 1:57.52, while Ashland's Quanah Gardiner won the second heat in 1:57.59, good for third overall. Maize South's Kassidy Johnson led the girls 800 until the last few meters, when she was nipped by Kasey Klocek of Green Mountain (Colo.). Klocek's time was 2:13.03 and Johnson finished in 2:13.32.
Some consolation for Johnson: Her time moves her past Logue for the best 800 meter time in Kansas this year. The two may eventually go head-to-head in that event at the Class 4A state meet.
In preliminary heats Friday, a couple of Kansas' finest hurdlers put up the top times into Saturday's finals. Andover Central's Jewell Bolden won her heat of the 100 hurdles in 14.95 -- about .3 better than the next best time -- and St. Thomas Aquinas' Noah Green clocked 14.15 in the 110 hurdles, more than a half second better than his closest competitor.
Clifford Robinson of Leavenworth was the top Kansas qualifier to the finals of the boys 100 meter dash, placing third in the prelims with a time of 10.84. Chapman's Ninti Little was the fastest Kansas girl, taking the third best time to the finals with a 12.29 effort.
Of note: Defending Kansas Relays champion Aarika Lister of Leavenworth scratched from the 100 meter dash, as did Andover Central's Bolden.
Topeka's 4 X 100 meter relay team put up the top time of the day on the boys' side, qualifying for the finals with a time of 43.11. Olathe South and Olathe Northwest girls also made it to Saturday's finals.
Evann Seratte of Lawrence (58.23) and Cameron Waldo of Olathe South (49.44) qualified for the girls and boys finals in the 400.
Live results of all high school and college events at the Kansas Relays are available online at www.KansasRelays.com. You can also watch all track events live on Flotrack.
The race video, as well as the live stream from the meet, may be viewed on FloTrack for all FloTrack and MileSplit Universal subscribers. All race videos from the meet will be available on MileSplit on Sunday.