Eastern Relays Kicks Off Today, Best Talent in the Region

Eastern Relays Kicks Off Today, Best Talent in the Region

(Cover photo: Sneak peek of 2016 Eastern Relays champions shirts. Credit: Eastern Relays Twitter, shirt design by

Ashli McLean

Eastern High School will host its 31st Eastern Relays April 29-30 at the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Park. The Relays is a national class track meet that draws many of the top teams and elite individuals from throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Most of the Louisville teams will be there, as well as representation from surrounding counties in both Kentucky and Indiana, and from all parts of Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, and other states – over 2,000 entrants representing 125+ schools.

An interesting fact about this year’s meet is the partnership with Unified Events. Unified athletes will compete in events ranging from the 100m to the shot put on April 29 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

“I am thrilled to include Unified Events at the Eastern Relays,” said Eastern Relays Meet Director and Eastern head track coach Mike Horan. “I have had the opportunity to get to know many of our Unified Athletes at Eastern both in the classroom and on the track and can’t wait to see them compete on a big stage like the Eastern Relays!”

Eastern’s Unified Track Coach Carol Bryar presented the idea last winter.

“We have had a Unified basketball team for five years, but this is our first year with a Unified track team. Our students are so excited about the chance to compete and represent Eastern at such a special event.”

Saturday’s events will begin at 9:30 a.m. (field events) and 10 a.m. (running events).

The girls 3200m race will be tight with duPont Manual’s Alena Sapienza-Wright in it. She who the 2015 Class 3A State Cross Country title. She’ll be pit against a host of talent including Lexington Catholic’s Michaela Reinhart, who won the Class 2A title.  The field boasts five entries under 11 minutes.

Boasting a PR of 2:12 in the 800m, duPont Manual junior Emma Kuntz, already Kentucky’s fastest ever at the distance, will look to become the first Kentucky girl ever to break 2:10. So far this year only 5 girls in the country have run under 2:10.

Full information and the meet schedule are posted at http://easternrelays.milesplit.com. Tickets are $8 on Friday and Saturday.

About Unified Sports

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away. For more information, visit http://www.specialolympics.org/unified-sports.aspx.