Track star earned conference honor

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- University of Kansas senior Leo Bookman earned Big 12 Athlete Of The Week honors for his record-setting performance this past weekend at the Husker Invitational, the conference announced on Monday.

Bookman broke the Husker Invitational record in the 200-meter dash last weekend with a time of 20.97. The stadium record had not been broken since 1991 when Brigham Young's Frank Fredericks broke the mark with a time of 21.21 seconds. The 2003 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor 200-meter dash champion has already won five individual titles this season, that include the 200-meter at the Jayhawk Invitational in a provisional qualifying time of 21.10, Arkansas Invitational in an automatic qualifying time of 20.81 and 60-meter dash titles at the K-State All-Comers Meet (6.81) and KU/KSU/MU Triangular (6.81). Bookman is the first Jayhawk to receive the athlete of the week honor since KU's Scott Russell's award on February 11, 2001.

"It feels really good to be named Big 12 Athlete of the Week," said Bookman. "I have done a lot in my four years of running track here but this is the first time that I have ever received this honor. It's a great addition to all of my other accomplishments."

The Dickinson, Texas, native holds conference rankings of sixth in the 60-meter dash (6.81), fourth in the 400-meter dash (47.66) and first in the 200-meter dash (20.81).

"This is just another step for Leo and what he has been able to accomplish," said head coach Stanley Redwine. "We appreciate the effort that he has set forth on the track and for the team. He is well deserving of the honor."

Bookman will build on his success this weekend as he will compete in the 200-meter dash at the Tyson Invitational.


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