Event: High Jump
PR: 2.35/7-8.50 (2000)
Born: June 13, 1977 in Greensburg, Kan.
Current Residence: Manhattan, Kan.
High School: Protection (Kan.) 96
Colleges: Dodge City (Kan.) CC 97; Kansas State 98
Coach: Cliff Rovelto
Agent: John Nubani
Career Highlights: 2-time U.S. indoor champion (01, 02); 2-time U.S. Outdoor champ (01, 02); 2000 Olympian; 4th at 2001 World Indoors; 1998 NCAA Outdoor champion; 1997 JUCO national outdoor champion
Following a fifth-place finish at USA Indoors
in 2003, Leeper, the dominant U.S. high jumper in 2001 and 2002, hopes to be
completely recovered from his ankle injury suffered during that outdoor season
and rebound strong after a tough 2004 campaign. A national junior college and
NCAA champion, Leeper has shown steady improvement after an outstanding
collegiate career at Dodge City Community College and Kansas State. After
winning the U.S. indoor and outdoor titles in 2001 and 2002, Leeper was
Americas premiere high jumperLeepers PR of 7-8.5 set in May 2000 was the best
mark by an American that yearhis jump of 7-7.75 in Modesto on May 13 was the
second-best performance by an American in 2001appeared on Late Show with David
Letterman on Feb. 22, 2001.
2005: Did not compete.
2004: No height at Olympic Trials final1st at Kansas Relays (2.28m/7-5.75)2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (2.25m/7-4.5)ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 2.28m/7-5.75.
2003: 5th at USA Indoors (2.24m/7-4.25)5th at Verizon Millrose Games (2.19m/7-2.25)did not compete at USA Outdoorsbest of 2.24m/7-4.25i.
2002: USA Outdoor champ (2.32m/7-7.25)...USA Indoor champ (2.32m/7-7.25AL)...1st at Wichita ( 2.26m/7-5)...6th at Prefontaine ( 2.25m/7-4)...2nd at Drake Relays (2.24m/7-4.25)...7th at World Cup (2.10m/6-10.75)...ranked #4 in U.S by T&FN...best of 2.32m/7-7.25
2001: USA Outdoor champ (2.30/7-6.50)USA Indoor champ (2.28/7-5.75)4th at World Indoors (2.29/7-6)7th in qualifying round at World Outdoors (2.25/7-4.5)3rd at Verizon Millrose (2.27/7-5.25)6th at Goodwill Games (2.24m/7-4.25)ranked #9 in the world & #1 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 2.30/7-6.50.
2000: 11th at Olympics (2.25/7-4.5)...3rd at the Olympic Trials (2.27/7-5.25)...set PR of 2.35/7-8.5 at Sacramento on May 21...4th at Pontiac Grand Prix Invitational (2.25/7-4.50)...2nd at the Verizon Millrose Games 2.20/7-2.5...5th at U.S. Indoors 2.22/7-3.25...ranked #1 in U.S by T&FN...best of 2.35/7-8.5
1999: Did not compete.
1998: Won NCAA Outdoors and was 2nd at USA Outdoors...ranked 3rd in U.S. by T&FN...best of 7-6.5.
1997: Won JUCO outdoor title...best of 7-3.75 (indoors).
1996: Best of 7-0.25.
1995: Best of 7-1.