Leah O'Connor
Leah  O'Connor

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Croswell, Mich.

High School:
Croswell-Lexington

Event:
Distance


05/19/2015

O'Connor Enjoys Journey En Route to Becoming an Elite Runner

Senior distance runner Leah O'Connor has built quite a resume, winning 10 Big Ten titles and two NCAA Championships.

05/19/2015

O'Connor, Daniels & Drenth Receive Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Awards

Leah O'Connor becomes first MSU women's athlete to win Big Ten outdoor track awards.

05/17/2015

O'Connor Leads MSU Women To Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Title

MSU women win second Big Ten championship in program history.

05/16/2015

Michigan State Crowns Three Big Ten Track & Field Champions Saturday

Leah O'Connor wins her fourth-straight Big Ten 3,000-meter steeplechase championship.

05/06/2015

Leah O'Connor Receives Big Ten Athlete Of The Week Honors

O'Connor leads the Big Ten and the NCAA with a school record 1,500 meter time of 4:11.04

06/14/2014

2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships

Five Spartans competed at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon (Photos by Phil Johnson)

05/19/2014

2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships

2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Purdue University (May 16-18)

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 - 2:06.77

• 1,000m - 2:51.14
• 1,500m - 4:11.04 - MSU Record
• Mile - 4:27.18 - MSU and NCAA Championship Record
• 3,000m - 9:07.88
• 5,000m - 16:03.98
• 3,000m steeplechase - 9:36.43 - MSU Record

2014-15:
• Big Ten Champion in the Women's 1,500-meter, 3,000-meter Steeplechase & 5,000-meter

• NCAA and Big Ten Indoor Mile Champion
• USTFCCCA First-Team Indoor All-American
• Big Ten Women's Indoor & Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year
• Big Ten Women's Indoor & Outdoor Track Athlete of the Championships
• USTFCCCA Great Lakes Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year
INDOOR: National Champion in the women's mile, running an MSU and NCAA meet record time of 4:27.18 at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Mar. 14 ... Repeated as Big Ten Champion in the mile with an MSU record time of 4:32.29; Also ran the final leg for the Big Ten Women's DMR Championship team that set the MSU school record with a time of 10:57.80 ... Set a new personal-best in the 3,000m at the Notre Dame Invitational (Jan. 24), clocking in at 9:07.88 and finishing first overall ... Won the mile run in the Jan. 31 dual meet vs. Michigan with a time of 4:34.28; Also won the 800m with a career-best time of 2:07.08 to help MSU defeat the Wolverines, 81-80 ... Two-time Big Ten Women's Track Athlete of the Week (Jan. 26, Feb. 2)
OUTDOOR: Won her fourth-straight Big Ten title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:51.38 ... Went on to win her second career Big Ten titles in both the 1,500-meter (4:14.19) and the 5,000-meter (16:03.98) ... Finished first in the 1500m at the Jesse Owens Classic, breaking her own school record with a time of 4:11.04 ... Won the 1500m at the Big Ten-ACC Challenge with a time of 4:14.57; Also won the 800m with a career-best time of 2:06.77 ... First place in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:41.88 at the Virginia Challenge on Apr. 17

2013-14:
• NCAA & Big Ten Champion in the 3,000m Steeplechase
• First-Team USTFCCCA All-American
• Big Ten Champion in the 1,500m

• First-Team All-Big Ten
OUTDOOR: NCAA and Big Ten Champion in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:36.43 ... Big Ten Champion in the 1500 meter, clocking in with a career-best 4:15.13 time ... Took first in the 800 meter with a career-best time of 2:08.02 at the Spartan Invitational
INDOOR: Won the Mile run at two events - Feb. 15 at the SPIRE Indoor Invitational (4:37.74) and Mar. 1 at the Big Ten Championships (career-best 4:34.35); recorded a runner-up finish on two other occasions ... Won the 3000 meter run at the Notre Dame Invitational with a season-best time of 9:29.09 ... Runner-up in the DMR at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 11:13.82

2012-13:
• Big Ten Champion in the 3,000m Steeplechase & 5,000m

• First-Team USTFCCCA All-American
• 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:
• Big Ten Champion in the 3,000m Steeplechase
Second-Team USTFCCCA All-American

First-Team All-Big Ten
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...Participated in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships...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.