Track & Field Alumni Spotlight: Muna Lee

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BATON ROUGE - After wrapping up her collegiate career as a Lady Tiger following the 2004 season, Muna Lee has gone on to enjoy one of the most prolific careers on the professional circuit as a worldwide sprint star as a World Champion and three-time Olympic finalist over the past seven seasons.

One of the more decorated athletes in the history of the program, Lee was a seven-time NCAA champion, 12-time SEC champion and 20-time All-American with the Lady Tigers from 2001-04.

It came as no surprise when she made her Olympics debut for the United States immediately following an exception senior season in 2004. In Athens, Greece, Lee qualified for her first career final in international competition as she took seventh place overall in the 200-meter dash.

She then followed her performance in 2004 with her first full season as a professional in 2005 with which she struck gold in her debut at the IAAF World Championships while running on the title winning 4x100-meter relay for the United States. Lee also took seventh place in the 100-meter dash final that season.

Lee then earned the right to represent the United States at the Olympic Games again in 2008 after earning a spot in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic Trials held in Eugene, Ore. She was crowned the U.S. Olympic Trials champion in the 100 meters with a personal-best time of 10.85, and added a silver-medal winning second-place finish in the 200 meters with a wind-aided time of 21.99.

She nearly took her place on the medal podium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in both sprints as she earned a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter final and a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter final. She actually ran her wind-legal PR in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.01 in the Olympic final.

Despite her success on the international stage, Lee decided to take time out of her competition schedule in 2010 and 2011 to return to LSU and complete her bachelor's degree in general studies.

In an exclusive interview with LSUsports.net recorded before the start of the second-annual LSU Track & Field Team Awards and Alumni Recognition Banquet back on April 22, Lee shared her fondest memories competing as a Lady Tiger, as well as her decision to return to LSU to finish her degree and what some of the major adjustments she's had to make while completing her degree.

In addition, Lee talked about the creation of the Muna Lee Foundation which seeks to provide scholarship opportunities to high school seniors and provide athletic equipment to underprivileged students in Kansas City. Please visit www.munaleefoundation.org for more information about Lee's organization.

 

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