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Leah O'Connor
Leah O'Connor

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Croswell, Mich.

High School:
Croswell-Lexington

Event:
Distance


04/17/2014

Spartan Track & Field Hits the Road in Weekend Slate

MSU to be represented at Mt. SAC, Larry Ellis and Jesse Owens this weekend.

04/10/2014

Track & Field Travels for Weekend Competition

Spartans set to compete at 2014 Tennessee Relays and Don Kleinow Invite at Siena Heights.

03/16/2014

MSU Posts Three Top 10 Finishes at NCAA Indoor Champs

Franklin places fifth, O'Connor seventh and Schneider 10th among on final day at national indoor meet.

03/15/2014

Record-Breaking Day One for MSU at NCAA Champs

James improves own MSU record in weight throw, Schneider shares NCAA Champ meet record in heptathlon high jump.

03/13/2014

MSU Track & Field Sends Six to NCAA Indoor Championships

Spartans represented in six events against then nation's best in Albuquerque.

04/05/2014

2014 Spartan Track & Field Invitational

2014 Spartan Track & Field Invitational

03/04/2014

MSU at 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships

MSU won nine medals, broke seven MSU records & two meet records at the 2014 B1G Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Collegiate Bests
• 800m - 2:09.61
• 1,000m - 2:51.14
• 1,500m - 4:20.75
• Mile - 4:37.74 - School Record
• 5,000m - 16:09.46
• 3,000m Steeple - 9:53.53

2012-13:
• First-team USTF CCCA All-American
• NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
• First-Team All-Big Ten
OUTDOOR: Placed third in both the 4x1,500m relay and 1,500m at the Raleigh Relays, posting times of 18:32.88 and a season-best 4:20.75 respectively ... Ran a first-place time of 10:35.82 in the 3,000m steeple chase at the Spartan Invitational ... Placed first in the 3,000m steeple chase at the Larry Ellis Invitational with a time of 10:09.76 ... Ran a first-place 4:21.41 in the Hillsdale College GINA Relays ... Placed first in the both the 3,000m steeple chase and 5,000m at the Big Ten Outdoor Conference Championships with season-best times of 9:53.53 and 16:09.46 ... Ran a third-place 10:00.73 in the preliminary round of the 3,000m steeple chase at the NCAA East Preliminary Round ... Placed fifth in the 3,000m steeple chase at the NCAA with a time of 9:53.71.
INDOOR: Placed third in the mile at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in a time of 4:42.04 ... Ran a career best time of 4:38.74 and broke both the school and meet record, finishing first in the mile at the SPIRE Invitational ... Ran a time of 4:40.71 in the mile in a dual meet with Michigan.

2011-12:
• MSU Track Athlete of the Year

OUTDOOR: Took home the gold medal at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase in a season-best time of 10:12.36... First Team All-Big Ten Selection... Second Team All-American...Took first in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Penn Relays (10:25.65) and the Spartan Invitational (10:49.77) ... Part of the 4x1500m relay team that broke a school record and took first at the Raleigh Relays with a time of 18:27.05...Also finished sixth in the 1,500m at the Raleigh Relays with a career-best time of 4:24.92...Competed at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, finishing second in the 1,500m with a time of 4:27.35 and posted a time of 2:12.87 in the 800m to place sixth overall.
INDOOR:
Ran a season-best time of 4:47.84 in the mile to place ninth at the SPIRE Invitational... Part of the distance medley relay that placed sixth with a time of 11:30.69 and finished seventh in the mile at the Big Ten Indoor Championship with a time of 4:48.54...Placed fifth in the 1,000m at the Notre Dame Invitational with a time of 2:53.63...Finished sixth in the mile at the Indiana Relays with a time of 4:50.83.

2010-11:
OUTDOOR: Did not compete.
INDOOR: Did not compete.

High School:
A four-year letterwinner at Croswell-Lexington High School ... Was the state champion in the 800m and 1600m her final two seasons ... Finished third in the state in the 800m and 1600m as a sophomore, while also finishing 13th in cross country ... As a freshman, placed sixth in the 800m at the state meet ... Team captain her senior season in both cross country and track & field.

Personal: Born on Aug. 30, 1992 ... Daughter of George and Janet O'Connor ... Has four brothers, Scott, Patrick, George III, who is currently on the cross country and track & field teams at Oakland University, and Andrew; and has one sister, Allison, who ran track & field at Central Michigan.

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