The 90th Kansas Relays get underway today at Rock Chalk Park when the starter's gun for the 100-meters portion of the decathlon blasts at 10 a.m., the beginning of four days of track and field, the biggest events scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
The pressure was on Bob Sanner, executive director of Lawrence Sports Corporation, to land a big name to keep interest high in the annual spring event that makes downtown buzz, elevates moods and packs restaurants and bars. Sanner always aims high in putting together the field and couldn’t have aimed any higher than he did for a new marquee name for the evening competition scheduled for Friday, April 21.
Kansas junior Barden Adams took fifth place in the triple jump, and KU freshman Gleb Dudarev was sixth in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor on Saturday at College Station, Texas.
Kansas track and field secured a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Indoor Championship Saturday at the Lied Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa, with the Kansas men finishing 13 points behind overall champion Texas and the women posting a fifth-place finish. The teams scored 110.5 points and 81 points, respectively, over the two-day meet.
The Kansas men’s track and field team moved up nine spots to No. 11 in the nation, the highest ranking for the squad since the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association started began its computer ranking teams in 2008.
Earlier this month, four former Jayhawks made their way to Rio de Janeiro to compete for their countries at the 2016 Summer Olympics. One came home with a gold medal and all four came home with memories that figure to last a lifetime.By Matt Tait
Former Kansas track & field sprinter Kyle Clemons became the latest Jayhawk to capture a gold medal on Saturday, after the United States won the 4x400-meter relay event inside Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Former Kansas sprinter Kyle Clemons ran the third leg and aided his 4x400-meter relay team to a spot in the Olympic final Friday night inside Olympic Stadium. The Americans finished second overall in the qualifying heats with a time of 2:58.38 and will compete in the event final at 8:35 (CDT) Saturday.
A pair of former Kansas track and field athletes went up against the world’s greatest Saturday at the Olympic Games. Mason Finley placed 11th in the finals of the men’s discus, and Andrea Geubelle was 21st in the qualifying rounds of the women’s triple jump.
Friday morning, inside Olympic Stadium in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, former Kansas thrower Mason Finley delivered a monster throw of 63.68 meters (208 feet, 11 inches) on his final throw of the qualifying round to earn a spot in Saturday's finals.
NBC has done a nice job through decades of Olympic coverage at shining a light on athletes overcoming odds, turning obstacles into opportunities, tears of agony into joyful sobs.
Even at a wide, muscular, massive 6-foot-8, former Kansas University weight thrower Mason Finley has a distinctly different look these days. He looks so much thinner, which makes sense because he has lost more than 80 pounds over the past three years. By Tom Keegan
Former Kansas University sprinter Kyle Clemons is officially an Olympian after he was selected to the American 4x400-meter relay squad that will compete next month in Rio, Team USA announced Monday.
Kansas University senior Zainab Sanni has been named to Nigeria’s women’s 4x100-meter relay pool that will compete at the Rio Olympics next month.
Mason Finley, an eight-time All-American while at Kansas from 2010-12, won the discus championship Friday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field.