Oct. 22, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - OU sophomore L'eron George joined three other Americans to compete in the 400-meter relay in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile, today. However, the Americans failed to advance to the final after losing the top sprinter on the relay, Rae Edwards, to a stress fracture.

The relay of Andra Fifer, Texas-Arlington, Garland Martin, Wallace St. CC, George and Michael Thomas, Arkansas, finished with a 41.01. Team USA finished 11th overall with eight teams advancing to the final. There were 20 relays competing and Team USA's time was .67 seconds behind the last qualifying mark.

George finished fifth in the 200 at the 2000 U.S. Junior Nationals with a 21.33, a mark that was just .01 seconds above his best 200-meter mark as a freshman. He also finished fifth in the 100-meter dash at the Junior Nationals with a 10.48. That meet was held in June in Denton. His mark in the 100 beat the qualifying standard for the World Junior Championships. He earned U.S. Junior National All-America honors for those performances.

In July, George participated in the Canada-USA Junior Meet, finishing fourth in the 200-meter dash with a 21.68. Later, he teamed with two of the runners who finished ahead of him to give the U.S. team a 40.70 in the 400-meter relay for a first-place finish.

George ran the best time for the Sooners during the indoor season in the 60-meter dash with a 6.82. He finished seventh in the Big 12 Indoor in the 200. The Dallas, Texas, native, hurt his hamstring in OU's first outdoor meet of the season and did not return to competition until the Texas Invitational on May 6. His time of 10.47 ranked eighth in the conference and he posted his season best in the 200 (21.32) at the Texas Invitational as well. He ran the third leg of OU's third-place 400-meter relay at the Big 12 outdoor meet.

Prior to his freshman year at OU, George earned U.S. Junior National All-America honors in the 200 with a third-place finish at the U.S. Junior Nationals, then participated in the 200-meter dash at the 1999 Junior Pan Am Games. He also was a member of the United States' record-setting 400-meter relay at the Junior Pan Am Games.

George, who has three years of eligibility left at OU, plans to major in journalism. He was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the fall 1999 semester with a 4.0 grade point average.