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Football presence at Kansas Relays

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It may have just been the prelims, but Olathe North High senior and Kansas University football signee Adonis Saunders clearly was fired up by standing inside the venue he'll be playing in for the next four seasons on Friday.

Running in a light mist in the boys 100-meter dash, Saunders ripped off the fastest time in the state by a prep sprinter this year by finishing in 10.63 seconds and advancing to Saturday's finals.

After the race, Saunders (#2 in red and white in above photo) admitted to being pumped up by Memorial Stadium.

"I can't wait to come up here and play football right out there on that field," he said.

Saunders, a defensive back who stands 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, said he didn't expect such a blazing fast time so early in the meet, but that he was pleased to add another line to his impressive athletic resume.

As a sophomore, Saunders won state titles in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay en route to being named the Kansas Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year.

This season, he earned all-state honors from the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal on the gridiron, where he rushed for 1,554 yards and recorded 70 tackles to go along with three interceptions.

He said Friday that he's a football player first and foremost and that, while he's looking forward to finishing the track season in style, he can't wait to get up to KU this summer to start working out with the team.

In addition to the 100, Saunders plans to run the 200, 400, 4x100 and 4x400 this weekend.

We'll have more from Saunders' run at the Relays when the weekend's over so be sure to check back with KUsports.com.

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