It was a matter of seconds for the Kansas University track and field team Thursday at the Kansas Relays.
Though the Jayhawks didn't grab any victories, they did garner four runner-up showings in the opening-day events.
Egor Agafonov and Zlata Tarasova (hammer), Matt Baysinger (800 meters) and Adrian Ludwig (1,500) each posted a second-place performance.
Mike Putzke was third in the men's 5,000.
¢ Watch and win: Kelli Benton swears she came to watch the Kansas Relays.
She just happened to end up winning them.
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The Prairie Village native won the women's open 5K run with a time of 19:23.08.
"My sister runs the 800 here for Kansas," Benton said. "My mother and I decided to run the race because we were already here to watch her."
Mother Martha O'Rourke was second behind her daughter in the open 5K with a time of 22:59.57.
Meanwhile, Melissa O'Rourke - a junior for KU - placed eighth in the 800 earlier with a time of 2:19.00.
Benton's feat was especially impressive given her recent life events.
"I just wanted to come out and run," Benton said. "I just had a baby, and I have not been able to run in so long."
¢ Close to 1,000: Kansas track officials estimated the first day's attendance at 900 spectators.
¢ Big day today: The Relays gets under way in earnest today, with events slated to start at 8 this morning.
The GOLDZONE II showcase extravaganza will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.