Bookman set for Saturday

Three time national 200-meter champion Leo Bookman switches gears, running the 400-meter on Saturday at the Kansas Relays.

"We have a really strong 400-meter field, but I think Leo Bookman is going to surprise some people when he puts together two of those 200-meters," said race director Tim Weaver.

"Leo has an engine like you would not believe," continued Weaver. "I have seen him turn it on and blow by people in a way that makes the crowd gasp. He is that impressive."

Bookman has developed a reputation as an exceptional sprinter and fierce competitor duing his time at KU. Now the senior has his eye on the Olympics.

"With some people, there is something special in them. It is a different drive that motivates an athlete even beyond what a coach can do," said Coach Stanley Redwine. "Leo Bookman is that kind of an athlete."

On Saturday, Kansas fans have their one opportunity to see that kind of an athlete on his home track this outdoor season. The 400-meter finals is scheduled for 5 pm.

"This is a must-see," Weaver said. "That 400 meter invitational will be smoking."

Other marquee events on Saturday include KU throws coach Doug Reynolds. The Olympic hopeful will make his 2004 outdoor debut in the discus at 4:15 p.m.

"Doug is one of the top 20 discus throwers in the world," said Weaver.

The 2004 Kansas Relay button will be sold for admission. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, and KU students are free.


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