Athletes receive top ten U.S. rankings

LAWRENCE, Kan. - KU senior Leo Bookman, assistant coach Doug Reynolds and volunteer assistant coach Charlie Gruber have attained top 10 U.S. rankings for 2003, Track and Field News announced in its December issue.

Bookman, a three-time KU All-American, is ranked 10th in the U.S. in the 200 meter dash. The Dickinson, Texas native won the 200m NCAA Indoor Championship with a KU indoor record time of 20.53. The senior also won the 200m NCAA Outdoor Championship (20.47) and recorded a seventh place finish at the USA Track and Field Championships (20.89). The 2004 season will be Bookman's first full-time track season as he was a member of the KU football team from 2000-02.

"This is a tremendous honor for me," Bookman said. "Being ranked in the top 10 without running any international meets is something that I am really proud of. The ranking gives me high expectations to live up to and now it's time to put up or shut up."

Reynolds placed third at the USA Outdoor Championships in the discus (205-9) and is currently ranked fourth overall in the U.S.

Gruber is a newcomer to the U.S. rankings and is currently ranked sixth in the 1500m. The KU grad won the Kansas Relays mile, finished sixth at Portland's Grand Prix 1500 with a personal-best time of 3:39.74 and finished fifth (3:45.29) at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships. The Denver, Col. native also won the individual 1500m title (3:43.03) at the USA Track and Field Mid-Summer Games


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