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Cross Country's Mike LeDuc '14 garners All-America honors at NCAA Championship

11/19/2012

 Mike LeDuc '14, center, finished 13th at the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship.

Mike LeDuc '14, center, finished 13th at the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship.

Junior Mike LeDuc posted a time of 24:48 to place 13th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship, hosted by the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terry Haute, Ind., on Saturday. The finish earned LeDuc All-American status and set a program record for the highest finish at the national championship.

"Mike's tremendous race was a culmination of hard work he started way back in the summer and maintained throughout the fall season," head coach Jim Butler said. "As his coach, I couldn't be happier, and I am extremely proud of what Mike accomplished today."

LeDuc has garnered All-America accolades twice in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. He posted a school record time of 8:59.54 and finished fourth at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, besting his 2011 finish by two spots. In June of 2012, LeDuc was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Men's Cross Country/Track & Field Third Team in Division III, as selected by The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A botany major, LeDuc has been named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic Team all three seasons of the 2011-2012 academic year. He also spoke at the opening of the College's new Science Center in August.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Matt Engelhardt (860) 439-2505, mengelha@conncoll.edu
Deborah MacDonnell (860) 439-2504, dmacdonn@conncoll.edu



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