Saturday a crowd of over 26,000 packed into Memorial Stadium to watch the final day of the Kansas Relays. The second largest crowd in meet history watched as Olympic champions Justin Gatlin and Kansas City native Maurice Green completed in the 4x100 relay Goldzone II main event.
Free State High's Alysha Valencia won the girl's 3200-meter run. The Firebird senior took the morning event by just over 14 ticks with a time of 10 minutes, 49 seconds. Tonganoxie's Roxi Grizzle won the girls Javelin, while fellow Chieftain Ali Pistora took third.
Friday at the Kansas Relays, the main attraction made his first appearance at Memorial Stadium. Friday afternoon, 2004 100-meter Olympic champion, Justin Gatlin, met with the media at the Kansas Relays.
It was "ready, set, go" Friday morning for local children and volunteers at the second annual Kansas Relays for Kids event. Anschutz Pavilion filled with children and cheers this morning as over 600 fourth graders took part in their own form of Kansas Relays.
Elite athletes are arriving in town for this weekend's Kansas Relays, and Tuesday afternoon 200-meter Olympic gold medalist Shawn Crawford worked out at Memorial Stadium.
Justin Gatlin, Allyson Felix and Maurice Greene will all be at Memorial Stadium on Saturday for the Goldzone II. But they won't be the only reasons to head to the hill this weekend. The University of Kansas wants to make it more than just a track and field meet, and that's just what the committee did by adding two pre-zone activities.
For KU track and field coach Stanley Redwine, the Kansas Relays propose a bit of a dilemma. On the one hand, Redwine's job is to coach the Jayhawks and that's what he'll do next Saturday at Memorial Stadium. On the other, he's a huge fan of the track and would love to just sit back and relax and watch the Pro's.
Next week at the Kansas Relays be sure to keep an eye on more than just the headliners. Be on the lookout for some of KU's top athletes as well.
Five-time all-American Sheldon Battle, a senior hammer and discus champion for the KU track team, will be taking the field next weekend for the Jayhawks.
Some big names will be competing at the Kansas Relays, but the event is also one of the premier events for high school athletes in the Midwest.
In three weeks, Justin Gatlin will be the man to beat at Memorial Stadium. The reigning 100-meter Olympic champion will run the anchor leg for his team in the 4x100-meter relay at the Kansas Relays.
Although Jusin Gatlin may be the defending Olympic champion in the 100-meter dash, he likely won't be the fan favorite when he takes the track on April 22, in the Kansas Relays. That distinction belongs to former 100-meter world record holder, Maurice Greene.
An entire galaxy of track stars will be present for this year's Kansas Relay.
A Lawrence business is sprinting to boost the profile of one of the country's top track and field events.