Jayhawks Set to Host 81st Annual Kansas Relays

April 15, 2008

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – Now in its 81st year, the Kansas Jayhawks will once again host the historic Kansas Relays at Memorial Stadium, April 16-19. Home of Hershberger Track and McCook-Olympic Field, Memorial Stadium has hosted every Kansas Relays since the inaugural meet in 1923. Historically the fourth-largest meet in the United States, the Kansas Relays will host 3,800 athletes from 300 schools in 2008. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

“The Kansas Relays have always been a major meet,” said Kansas coach Stanley Redwine. “I’m excited for our staff and KU that we are able to put this meet on for everyone.”

The meet begins with heptathlon and decathlon competitions on Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m. (CST). Those competitions conclude Thursday afternoon with the first field events, the men’s and women’s hammer throws, beginning at noon and 4:30 p.m., respectively. Running events begin at 5 p.m. on Day Two and start at 9 a.m. on Friday. The first field events are at 8 a.m. on Friday. The final day of competition begins at 8 a.m. with the Boy’s Discus. Saturday’s running events start with the Boy’s 110-meter hurdles at 9 a.m. and continue through the final event of the meet, the Men’s 1,600-meter relay at 5:35 p.m. Most of the Invitational events featuring the meet’s Elite athletes will take place between 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

“It’s not just a collegiate meet, but its great entertainment for our community,” Redwine said. “A lot of students may never think about running track at KU but they run at the KU Relays and it brings a lot of people to KU.”

Eighteen Jayhawks have already set regional qualifying marks, including senior Egor Agafonov and junior Nickesha Anderson’s NCAA leading times in the men’s hammer throw and women’s 200 meters, respectively.

For live results from Memorial Stadium and a complete recap of each day’s events, log on to www.kuathletics.com or www.kansasrelays.com.

The Kansas Relays begin Wednesday, April 16 and conclude Saturday, April 19. Admission into the meet will be allowed only by those people wearing a 2008 Kansas Relays button. Buttons cost $10 for adults and are good for admission to all four days of the Kansas Relays. Children under the age of five and KU students are free. A 30% group discount will be applied to all orders of 20 or more adult Kansas Relays admission buttons. Discount buttons for Senior Citizens and all students with a valid ID are $5. A Kansas Relays Family Pack consisting of two adults and two students admissions will be offered for just $20.

Contact the Kansas Athletics ticket office at 800-34-HAWKS (2957) or go to http://kuathletics.collegesports.com/tickets/kan-tickets.html to purchase admission buttons.

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