Olympian Muna Lee Returning for Kansas Relays

April 12, 2008

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />LAWRENCE, Kan. – Central High School graduate Muna Lee will be close to home as she returns to Memorial Stadium for the 81st Annual Kansas Relays April 16-19. She will join shot put World Champion Christian Cantwell, 400-meter hurdles World Champion Bershawn Jackson and American record holder Wallace Spearmon, Jr. as the four elite athletes competing at Memorial Stadium next week. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

Lee, who graduated from the Kansas City, Mo. high school in 2000, will run in the women’s Invitational 400-meter hurdles at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, the final day of the Relays.

After finishing second at the U.S. Olympic trials, Lee finished seventh in the 200-meter dash as a part of Team USA at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In 2005, she was a Gold medalist at the World Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter relay, a Silver medalist in the 100 meters at the USA Outdoor Championships and the runner-up at the U.S Indoor Championships in the 100-meter dash. En route to her outdoor accomplishments that year, Lee won the Invitational 100-meter dash at the Kansas Relays with a then-Relays record of 11.10.

The 2004 LSU graduate is a three-time NCAA Indoor champion and a runner-up on four occasions. Lee won the 60-meter dash in 2003 and 2004 and was the 2003 champion in the 200-meter dash.

As a two-sport athlete at CHS, Lee earned four letters in track and field and three in basketball. She was the runner-up for the Gatorade National High School Track Athlete of the Year award on two occasions (1998 and 1999) and during her senior year, she ran the second-fastest time of any American Junior in the 100-meter dash. Adding to her athletic accomplishments, Lee was also a member of the National Honor Society.

The Kansas Relays begin Wednesday, April 16 and conclude Saturday, April 19. Admission into the meet will be allowed only by those people wearing a 2008 Kansas Relays button. Buttons will cost $10 for adults and are good for admission for all four days of the Kansas Relays. Children under the age of five and KU students are free. A 30% group discount will be applied to all orders of 20 or more adult Kansas Relays admission buttons. Discount buttons for Senior Citizens and all students with a valid ID are $5. A Kansas Relays Family Pack consisting of two adult and two student admissions will be offered for just $20.

Contact the Kansas Athletics ticket office at 800-34-HAWKS (2957) or go to http://kuathletics.collegesports.com/tickets/kan-tickets.html to purchase admission buttons.