The Kansas Relays kick off today

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Kansas track and field program will host three days of competition at the 77th annual Kansas Relays on Apr. 15-17 at Memorial Stadium.

The meet kicks off with the women's hammer throw at 11 a.m. on Thursday and concludes with the 4x400 Relays at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. One of the biggest meets in the country, the Kansas Relays will feature 5,000 athletes from 19 different states. A total of 620 teams will be participating in this year's historic event and 1,274 medals will be handed out. The inagural Kansas Relays Hall of Fame class of Glenn Cunningham, Bill Easton, Bob Timmons, Wes Santee, Al Oerter, Billy Mills and Jim Ryun will also be honored at this year's meet.

KU sophomore Benson Chesang (5,000m run), freshman Gavin Ball (shot put), senior T.J. Hackler (high jump), senior Jamie Waters (hammer), junior Jen Widerstrom (hammer), junior Kim Clark (800m run) and junior Megan Foster (javelin) have all posted regional qualifying marks this outdoor season as more Jayhawk athletes will look to do the same.

Three-time NCAA Champion Leo Bookman will compete in the 400m dash on Saturday. KU great Scott Russell and KU assistant coach Doug Reynolds will also be competing. All three have designs on the Athens Olympic Games this summer.

The 2004 Kansas Relays button will be sold for admission to the meet. The cost of the button is $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and youth. Admission is free for KU students with a valid student ID. Those with a Big Blue card can also attend the meet free of charge.

Meet information, entries and schedules can be found at Kansas Relays website. Live results are available by clicking on the Kansas Relays live stats button on the front page of

Contact the Kansas Relays meet headquarters at (785) 864-0938 for additional information. Top Stories