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LeDuc seeks third NCAA championship

05/16/2014

 Mike LeDuc '14 won the 5,000 meters at the 2013 New England Division III Track and Field Championship.

Mike LeDuc '14 won the 5,000 meters at the 2013 New England Division III Track and Field Championship.

Like the rest of the Class of 2014, Michael LeDuc will walk away on Sunday with a milestone accomplished and a degree in hand. By next week, he just might run away with another NCAA championship and steeplechase record.

LeDuc will run the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III track and field championships at Ohio Wesleyan University. An eight-time All-American and two-time national championship in cross-country and track and field, he has the fastest recorded time (8:47.94) in the steeplechase in 2014 for all of Division III. If he can cut his time down to 8:40, he will qualify for the USA Track and Field steeplechase championship in June.

A native of Canton, Conn., LeDuc’s academic performance is on par with his athletic success. He will graduate Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in botany and will move to Illinois to teach high school biology.  

LeDuc’s success has drawn considerable news coverage. The Hartford Courant ran a lengthy article in early May, and this week both NBC 30 and Fox 61 profiled LeDuc. He will also be featured in the upcoming edition of CC: Magazine, the College’s alumni magazine. 

LeDuc will first compete in the preliminary race on Thursday, May 22, at 5 p.m. The finals are Saturday, May 24, at approximately 1:20 p.m. Both races will be live-streamed on the NCAA's website. To watch live, visit www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/


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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