Decathlete captures title at Kansas Relays

Baker University junior decathlete Aaron Hannon became the second Wildcat to win an event in the 83-year history of the Kansas Relays on April 15 in Lawrence. High jumper Kenneth Sterns, ’52, won the high jump in 1951.

The former Baldwin High three-sport standout finished the grueling 10-event decathlon with a career-best 6,948 points, outdistancing performers from bigger schools Nebraska and Arkansas State. Hannon’s best event of the day came in the 110-meter hurdles, as he clocked 15.63 to earn 775 points.

“It means a lot to have a little school like Baker come in here and compete well, because we are trying to build up our track program the last few years,” Hannon told the Lawrence Journal-World.

Hannon won the 100, 400 and javelin. He was second in the 110 hurdles, shot put and long jump.

Baker Family Ties

Hannon, a Baldwin High graduate, was a standout performer in football, basketball and track for the Bulldogs. His father, Phil, is Baker’s baseball coach and a 1986 Baker graduate, and his mother, Charlene, graduated from Baker in 1985. His brother Andy played basketball and baseball at Baker before graduating in 2009 and becoming a graduate assistant for the Baker women’s basketball team. His sister, Annie, is a junior and a member of the Wildcat softball team.

“It is really fun to win at the KU Relays because my family was able to get out here, and just being so close to Lawrence my whole life, it’s really exciting to win it,” Hannon told the Journal-World.

HAAC Athlete of the Week

Hannon’s record-setting performance at the Kansas Relays earned him the honor of Heart of America Athletic Conference track athlete of the week.

Photos by Richard Gwin, Lawrence Journal-world.

Aaron Hannon wins decathlon at Kansas Relays.

Aaron Hannon receiving decathlon trophy

Aaron Hannon in the long jump during the Kansas Relays decathlon

Decathlon long jump at Memorial Stadium

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