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NICOLE LEACH
Event: 400mH
Height: 5-8
Weight: 125
PR: 54.32 (2007)
Born: July 18, 1987, in Philadelphia, Pa.
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: West Catholic (Pa.) HS ‘05
College: UCLA ‘09

Career Highlights: 2007 Pan Am Games bronze medalist; 3rd at 2007 USA Outdoors; 2007 NCAA champion; 2006 World Junior silver medalist; 2-time U.S. Junior champion (’04, ’05, ’06)

A veteran and multi-time national champion in USATF’s youth programs, Leach concluded the 2007 collegiate season with the first NCAA title of her career as she won the 400m hurdles in a lifetime-best of 54.32 (old best, 55.35). She then anchored the 4x400m relay team to a surprising 4th-place finish (3:30.46) as the Bruins placed fifth in the team competition with 30 points. Leach, who had ran the fastest qualifying times in the first and semifinal rounds of the hurdles easily seemed to have the title in hand, as she led from nearly start to finish. Her time of 54.32 moves her to No. 3 all-time in Pac-10 history and all-time at UCLA.

2008: 23rd at Olympic Trials quarter-finals (1:00.90)...NCAA Outdoor 400m runner-up (54.62)…1st at UCLA vs. USC (55.37)
2007:
3rd at USA Outdoors (54.49)… 3rd at Pan Am Games (54.97)… 6th in semis at World Outdoors (56.10)...NCAA Outdoor champion (54.32PR)…NCAA West Regional champion (55.49)…Pac 10 champion (55.95)… 2nd in 400m at Los Angeles (51.97)…ranked #4 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 54.32.
2006: World Junior 4x400m champion (3:29.01 – anchor) and 400mH runner-up (55.55)…USA Junior champion (55.63)…4th at NCAA Outdoors (55.93)…NCAA West Region champion (58.61)…ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 55.35.
2005: USA Junior champion (57.25)…best of 57.25.
2004: USA Junior champion (58.48)…4th at World Juniors (57.56)…best of 57.56.
2003: 1st in 400mH (1:00.56), 4th in 200 (24.24) and Junior Olympics…7th in 400mH at World Youth (1:00.80)…3rd in 200m (24.49), 1st in 400mH (1:00.18) in Int. Girls at USA Youth Champs.
2002: 1st in Int. Girls 400mH at USA Youth Champs (1:00.17)…2nd in 400m (54.56) and 8th in 400mH (1:15.68) in Int. Girls at Junior Olympics, ran 1:01.80 in qualifying.
2001: 4th in youth girls 400m (55.90) at Junior Olympics.
1999: 1st in midget girls 400 (56.75) at Junior Olympics


06/20/08

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