April 18, 2016
Deanna Dougherty, Kansas University freshman from Olathe and a member of the Kansas Jayhawks track and field team, practices her triple-jump approach Monday, April, 18, 2016. The 2016 Kansas Relays begin Wednesday at Rock Chalk Park with collegiate decathlon and heptathlon events and continue through Saturday. Two unique invitational events will include the Street Pole Vault event on Thursday evening and the Downtown Lawrence Shot Put event on Friday.
The huge success of the Downtown Shot Put has inspired an offshoot event for this week’s Kansas Relays, which open Wednesday morning and conclude Saturday night. The pole vault is moving off site for the first time this year, a brainchild of Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger, according to meet director Milan Donley. The parking lot outside of the Salty Iguana (southwest corner of Sixth and Wakarusa) will be turned into a pole vault runway and pit for the event schedule to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. By Tom Keegan