Olathe North's Adonis Saunders won the 100-meter dash at the Kansas Relays on Friday, April 22, 2011. Saunders will play for the KU football team in the fall.

Fast impression: KU football recruit shows off speed

With a smile befitting The Joker lighting up his face, Olathe North High senior and Kansas University football signee Adonis Saunders cruised across the finish line in first place over the weekend at the Kansas Relays.

April 25, 2011


OSU thrower Andrew Hudson bonds with family of Spring Hill football player who died from head injury

When he left the small west Texas town of Bushland to play football on scholarship for Oklahoma State, Andrew Hudson felt like the luckiest young man on earth.

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Na-na-na-na: Holy hurdles, Batman! Jackson wins again

Olympic bronze medalist/Kansas Relays fan favorite Bershawn “Batman” Jackson — who missed KU’s spring carnival last year — returned in a blaze of glory Saturday.

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Great Scotts: Jordan wins vault; Russell sets javelin record

There’s only one thing Kansas University senior pole vaulter Jordan Scott must do to become a contender for the 2012 Olympics and beyond.

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Soar winner: NU’s Gordon leaps to long jump title

Fans stood two rows deep to the left and right of University of Nebraska senior Nicholas Gordon. They clapped rhythmically as the Jamaican track and field sensation took off down the makeshift long-jump runway Thursday night in downtown Lawrence.

Another Penny turns up

Although much is made of the Kansas University athletic department turning into quite the money machine in recent years, a closer look reveals the truth: A generation doesn’t go by where the department is Penny-less.

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Mr. Big Shot: Canadian Armstrong wins Relays shot put title

Feeling parched after winning the first-ever downtown edition of the Kansas Relays shot put, Dylan Armstrong realized there were plenty of establishments close by to quench his thirst.

Lawrence epicenter of track and field revival

Everything has to start someplace. Historians will note that the revival of track and field in the United States began Wednesday, April 20, 2011, right here in Lawrence, on Eighth Street, 80 feet or so east of New Hampshire.

Hurlers ready to rock

Everybody has witnessed live events that take up permanent residence in the memory.

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It’s time to put up or shut up

Elite shot-put field features turkey-loving, Cube-solving bear of a man

Enterprising downtown restaurant chefs might want to bake and baste some turkey legs today just in case Reese Hoffa — the world’s No. 2-ranked shot putter — wins tonight’s Kansas Relays competition.

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Ten to watch: This week's must-see events at the Kansas Relays

First, allow me to guarantee sunny skies for this week’s Kansas Relays, which start downtown Wednesday with the shot put, continue Thursday with the downtown long jump and play out at the track inside Memorial Stadium from Wednesday through Saturday.

Ballyhooed hurdler to race at Relays

The world’s No. 2-ranked hurdler, Johnny Dutch, has committed to compete in the Kansas Relays. The Invitational 400-meter hurdles will feature the world’s No. 1- and 2-ranked hurdlers, as Dutch will go up against five-time Kansas Relays winner and the world’s top-ranked hurdler Bershawn “Batman” Jackson.

Kansas Relays shot put in downtown Lawrence a must-see

Soon, the air on Eighth Street between Mass and New Hampshire will be thick with testosterone. Loud music. Men ripping their shirts off and unleashing primal screams of passion.

‘Batman’ to return

After a one-year hiatus, Bershawn “Batman” Jackson will return to the 2011 Kansas Relays. A relays regular, Jackson is a five-time winner in the 400-meter hurdles and holds the current record.