Christian Cantwell, who placed fourth in the shot put in the 2012 Olympics after winning silver in ‘08, has heard he’s over the hill at the still-young age of 33. “I was reading some stuff leading up to this. Everybody was talking about (Ryan) Whiting and (Reese) Hoffa, this and that, and they never once brought my name up. I was like, ‘Damn, did I drop off the face of the earth?’ It was like they forgot about me or something,” an animated Cantwell said after winning Friday’s downtown Lawrence shot put with a throw of 70 feet, 1 inch. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University sophomore hammer thrower Daina Levy can’t imagine choosing between two of her greatest loves — track and medicine — in the future. By Gary Bedore
Lindsay Vollmer is not competing in the heptathlon at this week’s Kansas Relays. Instead, her coaches have entered her in the high jump, 100 hurdles and possibly a relay. By Gary Bedore
The Downtown Shot Put, an event that has greatly overshadowed the rest of the Kansas Relays the past few springs, will do so more than ever again Friday evening. By Tom Keegan
The downtown shot put, a popular event the past three springs, will be back for a fourth with another field loaded with Olympians, the Lawrence Sports Corporation announced Thursday.
Michael Tinsley, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, earned Most Outstanding Male Performer honors by winning the 400 hurdles in 48.77 seconds on Saturday at the Kansas Relays, in front of KU up-and-comer Michael Stigler, who was second in 49.42. By Gary Bedore
Results from the Kansas Relays on Friday.
Former Kansas University pole vaulter Jordan Scott, who had a Jayhawk painted on the back of his head for the 2011 Kansas Relays and the Relays logo etched onto his skull last year, used his mohawk hair-do Friday to honor a city 1,500 miles from Lawrence. By Gary Bedore
Olympic bronze medalist Janay DeLoach-Soukup, who has long-jumped in stadiums big and small all over the world, now can say she’s competed — and won — in a livestock arena. By Gary Bedore
Ryan Whiting, a 2012 Olympian and indoor world shot-put champion, defeated an elite field on his final throw at the 86th-annual Kansas Relays on Wednesday night inside Douglas County Fairgrounds’ Community Arena. By Gary Bedore
Kansas basketball player Kevin Young’s appearance in the Douglas County Fairgrounds livestock arena Wednesday did nothing but grow the popularity of the senior from Southern California. It was quite the sight watching the long, slender basketball player doing battle in the Rubik’s Cube with an Olympic shot-put medalist. Column by Tom Keegan
Lawrence is a favorite stop for the behemoths of the track and field world in part because of how much they enjoyed the Kansas Relays' downtown venue the past two years. Tonight's shot put event will be indoors, but the show should still be a good one. Column by Tom Keegan
Reese Hoffa, bronze-medal winner at the 2012 Olympics, realizes he could go from being the fan favorite in tonight’s Kansas Relays shot put competition to the villain in a hurry. By Gary Bedore
The high-profile Kansas Relays downtown shot put won't be taking place downtown this year, meet director Milan Donley said. Instead, it will be moved indoors to the Douglas County Fairgrounds livestock arena. Wednesday's weather forecast that calls for severe thunderstorms resulted in the decision to move the event.
Kansas University men's basketball forward Kevin Young will be the underdog in a Rubik’s Cube battle of the brains against Olympic shot put medalist Reese Hoffa. By Gary Bedore
The song “Crank Dat Batman” blared over the Memorial Stadium sound system to the delight of 14,500 fans and at least one 400-meter hurdler Saturday at the Kansas Relays.
Lawrence High senior Blake Hocking unleashed a 60-foot throw in the shot put Friday at the Kansas Relays. Unfortunately for Hocking, it came during a warm-up session between the preliminary and final rounds.
Former Kansas University All-American Scott Russell — who has decided to retire from track and field this summer after what he hopes will be his second appearance in the Olympic Games — opted for nostalgia Friday at his final Kansas Relays. He wore his old pink KU shorts.
A little drizzle did not frighten two-time defending USA Indoor champion Janay DeLoach, who won the Kansas Relays downtown long jump competition Thursday with a leap of 21 feet, 8 1/4 inches.
Paradise found in downtown Lawrence on Eighth Street between Mass and New Hampshire streets Wednesday night.