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2006 Kansas Relays

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Olympian-turned-underdog Cantwell victorious in downtown shot put

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

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Hammer time: Med school-bound Levy competes as KU thrower while she can

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

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And they're off: Kansas' Vollmer skips Relays-opening heptathlon

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

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Column: Downtown Shot Put should be quite a show

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

Shot put returns to downtown

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.

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KU's Stigler runner-up in competitive Kansas Relays men's hurdles field

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

Kansas Relays results (Friday)

Results from the Kansas Relays on Friday.

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Boston on his mind: Former KU vaulter Jordan Scott honors victims

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

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Breaking new 'ground: Olympian wins in unusual venue

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

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Whiting edges defending champ Hoffa in Relays shot-put showcase

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

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Opinion: Pro basketball, not Rubik's Cube, in Kevin Young's future

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

Opinion: Relays throws will still be fun show

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

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Top thrower Hoffa also taking a shot at Kansas Relays cube challenge

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

KU Relays downtown shot put, long jump events moved to Douglas County Fairgrounds

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.

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Shot star, Kevin Young to hold cube-off at Kansas Relays

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

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Superhuman: ‘Batman’ Jackson breaks own record in Kansas Relays finale

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.

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Lions’ Blake Hocking leads city preps

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.

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Final fling: Ex-Jayhawk Scott Russell dons pink, wins again

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.

Relays long jumpers dream of Olympic gold

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.

Runner-up fuels competitive fire

Paradise found in downtown Lawrence on Eighth Street between Mass and New Hampshire streets Wednesday night.