Former Rice Lake High School track star Kenny Bednarek posted the most impressive performance of his young sprinting career by winning the 200-meter open event Friday night in the Drake Relays at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Bednarek is a freshman at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, but entered the mens 200-meter open invitational at the Drake Relays, regarded as the top outdoor track and field meet in the nation.
Bednarek clocked 20.29 seconds in the 200 finals, finishing ahead of Brandon Carnes at 20.62 and Yancarlos Martinez at 20.80. Carnes is a Northern Iowa University graduate and four-time Missouri Valley Conference 200 champion, while the 26-year-old Martinez of the Dominican Republic placed 14th at the 2015 World Championships.
The six-sprinter 200 finals also included two-time NCAA champion Wallace Spearmon, who ran third in the 2008 Olympics before disqualified for a lane violation, and 2016 Olympian Tre Houston of Bermuda.
Bednarek, a seven-time Wisconsin high school state champion at 100, 200 and 400 meters, holds the Wisconsin high school 200-meter record at 20.43 seconds.