Greene To Run Invite 100 Meter Dash At Kansas Relays GOLD ZONE

April 21, 2005

Lawrence, Kan. — Kansas Relays Meet Director Tim Weaver announced Wednesday that Olympic Champion Maurice Greene will contest the Invitational 100-meter dash, in addition to anchoring the HSI team in the Invitational 4×100-meter Relay, at this Saturday’s Kansas Relays GOLD ZONE. Greene joins an talented group of athletes in the Invitational 100-meter Dash, giving the Kansas Relays the finest dash field so far this year.

“It is quite rare that an athlete on the level of Maurice Greene would race an open event this early in the season,” said Weaver. “We already had a great group of athletes lined up for the 100, guys who own some of the best times run this year. But now with the addition of Maurice, that event becomes yet another ‘must see’ event in the GOLD ZONE. As a track fan, I’m excited that a race with these champions is taking place in April. I can hardly believe that it’s going to happen in Memorial Stadium!”

The Men’s Invitational 100-meter Dash is scheduled for 3:20 pm on Saturday, April 23 as part of the new GOLD ZONE format of popular events.

The fast section of the race features:

Maurice Greene: Twice an Olympic Champion and owner of four Olympic medals, he set World Records in the 50m, 60m and 100m dashes

John Capel: Olympian who was ranked #1 in the world in both the 100m and 200m in 2003 after winning the 200m World Championship

JJ Johnson: Twice a World Champion on the 4x100m relay, he took 5th in the Olympic Trials final in 2004

Leo Bookman: Won 3 NCAA 200m crowns as a Jayhawk, he is the defending 100m Kansas Relays Champion

Mark Jelks: Winner of the Texas Relays 100-meter dash in 10.01, he is coached by Al Hobson – Greene’s coach in his early career

Rae Edwards: Sixth at the US Championships in 2003, he opened many eyes last week with a windy 9.99 clocking

Jason Smoots: On five occasions was the NCAA D2 Champion; took home relay gold at the 2002 World Cup

Kaaron Conwright: A former Mt. SAC Relays 100m Champion, he was also a winner at the World University Games

The 78th Kansas Relays will run from April 21-23; the GOLD ZONE is Saturday, April 23 from 2 – 5 p.m. For more information about the Kansas Relays, a complete GOLD ZONE schedule, and ticket information, please visit