For the second year in a row the 2006 Kansas Relays will include a GOLDZONE, where some of the world's elite track and field athletes will square off against one another. More than 100 major champions and 36 Olympians comprise this year's event, which will run from 2-5 p.m. April 22 at KU's Memorial Stadium. The roster includes seven Olympic champions, three Olympic silver medalists, one Olympic bronze winner, 24 additional Olympians, eight world champions, six additional world championship medal winners, eight U.S. champions, 19 NCAA champions and 34 other major championship winners.

"The fields of GOLDZONE II are even more impressive than those we enjoyed last spring," said meet director Tim Weaver of the 79th annual Relays, which features athletes from 641 schools, 17 states, and 24 nations.

"Starting with the high school finals, through the college races, up to the main event that has the two Olympic champions going head-to-head like a pair of heavyweights, this will be the fastest three hours in track and field this area has ever seen."

Some of the big name participants in GOLDZONE II include Maurice Greene, Justin Gatlin, Allyson Felix, Nick Hysong, Crystal Cox, as well as former KU athletes Charlie Gruber, Amy Linnen, Jeremy Mims, and Scott Russell, and current Jayhawk standout Sheldon Battle.