Track Hands Out Postseason Awards

May 17, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Seniors Leo Bookman and Laura Lavoie won team MVP honors when the University of Kansas track and field team held its annual postseason awards banquet on Sunday, May 16 at Allen Fieldhouse in the Naismith Room.

Bookman won the 200-meter dash at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in a national-best and KU indoor record time of 20.42. He also took home the 200-meter dash title at the 2004 Big 12 Indoor Championships in a Big 12 meet record time of 20.58. The Dickinson, Texas, native has picked up four All-America honors and three NCAA titles during his time at Kansas. Bookman is ranked by Track & Field News magazine as one of the top-10 200-meter dash competitors in the United States and plans on competing in the Olympic Trials on July 9-18 in Sacramento, Calif.

Lavoie earned All-Big 12 honors for a third place finish in the mile (4:46.43) at the Big 12 Indoor Championships and for a second place finish in the 1500-meter run (4:27.82) at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Springfield, Mo., native is a seven-time Jayhawk Scholar and was named to the 2004 Academic All-Big 12 track and field and cross country first teams. Lavoie also ranks second on the all-time KU outdoor list with a 1500-meter time of 4:18.61 and fourth on the all-time KU outdoor list with an 800-meter time of 2:09.63.

Freshmen Gavin Ball and Octavia Garrett were selected by the coaches as Jayhawk Newcomers of the Year, while Bookman and junior Kim Clark were selected as captains by the team. A total of 12 seniors were also honored for their four years of hard work and dedication to the team.

Kansas athletes that have posted Midwest Regional Qualifying marks will compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on May 28-29 in College Station, Texas

Academic Achievement Award
Women’s Team (Cumulative Avg.)
Kim Clark 4.0
Megan Manthe 4.0

Honorable Mention
Abby Emsick 3.92

Men’s Team
Brian Raggett 3.64

Honorable Mention
Erik Sloan 3.6

Team Captains
Leo Bookman
Kim Clark

Newcomers of the Year
Gavin Ball
Octavia Garrett

Jayhawk of the Year
Leo Bookman
Laura Lavoie

Senior Awards
John DiCalogero
TJ Hackler
Emily Hess
Stacy Keller
Laura Lavoie
Abby Nielsen
Arrah Nielsen
Monique Peters
Brian Raggett
Mike Walker
Jamie Waters
Duchess WIlliams