Bookman tops nation

Leo Bookman wins 200-Meter in record time

LINCOLN, Neb. - The University of Kansas track and field team wrapped up competition at the Big 12 Championships on Feb. 28 at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. The men finished ninth with a total of 45 points, while the women placed seventh with a total of 38 points. A total of 15 Jayhawks earned All-Big 12 honors and crowned one Big 12 Champion.

Senior Leo Bookman won the 200-meter dash title in a national-best time of 20.58. Bookman's time broke the Big 12 meet record, Devaney Center record and is the third-fastest time in the world this year, according to the IAAF. The previous Big 12 meet and Devaney Center records were set by Texas A&M's Brandon Evans on Feb. 24, 2001. Bookman also competed in the 60-meter dash and finished third in a time of 6.76.

"I knew that I had to run a fast time coming into the race and I didn't like the fact that I was ranked third in the nation," Bookman said. "It is a record that I have been eyeing for a long time and it felt great to break it. I just can't wait to run at the NCAA Championships."

"I thought it was a great race," head coach Stanley Redwine said. "Leo works hard and deserves everything - he did an excellent job."

Sophomore Aaron Thompson placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.03. Thompson also scored points for the 'Hawks after an eighth place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.95. Junior Jeremy Mims recorded a third place finish in the 600-yard run with a season-best time of 1:09.83. Sophomore Benson Chesang finished the 3000-meter run in a time of 8:14.92 to finish fourth overall and earn All-Big 12 recognition.

Junior Abraham Kimeli and sophomore Cameron Schwehr finished sixth and seventh in the 1000-meter run, respectively. Kimeli turned in a time of 2:26.31 and Schwehr finished with a time of 2:26.67. Freshman Gavin Ball finished sixth in the shot put finals with a season-best throw of 57-11.25.

Freshman Tiffany Cherry finished eighth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.63. Cherry broke the KU indoor record yesterday after posting a time of 7.45 in the semifinals. Junior Kim Clark placed second in the 600-yard run with a season-best time of 1:20.75, while senior Stacy Keller ran a season-best time of 55.04 to place seventh in the 400-meter dash. Keller's time is the second fastest time in KU indoor history.

Senior Laura Lavoie finished third in the mile run with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:46.43. The time is a season-best and ranks as the fifth fastest time in KU indoor history. Junior Megan Manthe finished seventh in the mile with a time of 4:52.88.

In the women's field events, junior Brooklyn Hann finished third in the triple jump with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 41-09.75. Junior Sondra Rauterkus recorded a seventh place finish in the high jump with a mark of 5-06.00.

The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Clark, Keller, Hann and Octavia Garrett finished third with a season-best time of 3:42.32. The time is the third fastest in KU indoor history.

KU athletes will have one more chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships when they return to action Saturday, March 6 to compete in the Iowa State Invitational in Ames, Iowa. Top Stories