June 14, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - He might be young, but he definitely does not lack for talent.
University of New Mexico sophomore Beejay Lee is competing at the 2012 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend against some of America's best athletes ages 19 and under at Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University.
The meet will also serve as a qualifier for this year's IAAF World Junior Championships. The top two performers in each event at this weekend's three-day meet will have the chance to be part of the American team that will compete in Barcelona, Spain, from July 10-15.
Lee, who just wrapped up his first year at New Mexico, has rocketed into the UNM record books during both the indoor and outdoor season. The West Covina, Calif., product holds the top mark all-time in Lobo history in the 60-meter dash, and is also the second-fasted Lobo all-time in the 100.
A 2012 USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-American, Lee has been stellar as of late, earning a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in just his first year of collegiate competition. Earlier this month, he ran his personal-best time of 10.28 seconds in the 100 at the national championship, which ranks him 13th in the world in the junior division.
Lee, who is one of six collegiate athletes to qualify to the USA Junior Nationals, holds the sixth-best seed time going into the competition. His seed time ranks third in his heat, which bodes well for Lee, as the top two finishers from each heat and the four next fastest times overall advance for the finals in the event.
He also has a chance to compete in the 4x100 relay if he finishes in the top four in the 100.
Lee will run Friday at 3:40 p.m. (EST) in the preliminary round of competition. If he advances, the final round is the same day 6:50 p.m. (EST).