Jaylon Radel made the most of his final Shawnee Mission North Relays appearance, capturing first place honors in the 100 meter dash last Friday.
After winning his preliminary heat in 11.17 seconds, Radel was seeded third for the finals. Radel responded with an impressive come-from-behind effort and snagged victory at the finish line by three-hundredths of a second in a time of 11.05 seconds.
“Jaylon is a tremendously hard worker,” said coach Brian McGee. “He has worked hard for four years to put himself in position to win the North 100-meter title. He is a perfectionist regarding technique and a joy to coach.”
The meet showcased the top sprinters from 30 different high schools in Kansas. Radel defeated 50, 100-meter sprinters in the event.
Radel joins six other Blazers boys in school history to win North titles. They include Isaac Mallory, who won the 2008 pole vault title; Kyle Wait, who won the 2009 pole vault title; Casey Bowen, who won the pole vault title in 2011; Ryan Weisenburger, who earned the 2012 pole vault title, and Marcus Williams, who took the 110-meter high hurdle title in 2012.
In addition to Radel’s title-winning sprint, GEHS’ Conner McGuire finished sixth in pole vault. Tanner Hughes recorded a season-best 52.5 second time in the 400-meter run. He was the second finisher among Eastern Kansas League runners.