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Leigh Daniel

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lubbock, Texas

High School:
Monterey

Height:
5-5

Event:
Distance

Experience:
3L


2000 CROSS COUNTRY: Battled sickness and injuries most of season, including thyroid condition from the Spring and the flu ... Finished first at ACU Classic (9/1) with time of 18:51.90 on three-mile course ... Took sixth at Sundodger Invitational (9/23) with mark of 21:26.28 ... Ran 18:03 at Cowboy Jamboree (9/30) for fourth-place finish ... Posted time of 22:32.8 at Pre-National Meet (10/14) ... Came in 25th with time of 21:54 at Big 12 Championships (10/28) in Boulder, Colo. ... Finished 15th with mark of 21:52.6 at NCAA Mountain Regionals (11/11) ... Named to Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

2000 OUTDOOR: Officially took redshirt during outdoor season ... Ran only two races, running unattached in both ... At Texas Tech Outdoor Invitational (4/21), took first in 5,000 meters at event, posting time of 17:40.75 ... Set personal-best at Stanford Invite (3/25) with second-place mark of 32:47.69 in 10,000 ... U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier.

2000 INDOOR: Recorded four victories in seven races during indoor season ... Won 5,000 meters at Red Raider Indoor Invitational (1/21) in time of 17:17 ... Took third at Wisconsin Elite Invitational in 3,000 meters (1/29) with time of 9:42.12 ... Second victory came at prestigious Cannon IV Classic (2/11) in 5,000 meters with time of 16:02.28 ... Took first in both 3,000 and 5,000 meters at Big 12 Championships (2/25), posting times of 9:23.78 and 16:39.91, respectively ... Took eighth in 3,000 meters at NCAA Indoor Championships (3/10) in Fayetteville, Ark., with time of 9:23.03 ... Finished fourth in 5,000 meters at NCAA Indoors with mark of 15:59.65 ... Times in both 3,000 and 5,000 at national championships set Tech school records ... Earned All-America honors in both 3,000 and 5,000 for her showing at national championships ... Named to Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

1999 CROSS COUNTRY: Won first three events of season and did not finish below seventh in any of seven races ... Finished first at Red Raider Invitational (9/11) with time of 18:36, setting a new course record at Mae Simmons Park ... Her time was 1:07 faster than previous year's winning mark ... Placed first at Sundodger Invitational (9/25) with time of 16:52, only eight seconds off course record ... Her mark set new school-record for fastest 5K cross country race ... Named Big 12 Runner of the Week after winning at Sundodger Invitational in leading the Red Raiders to a second-place team finish among 13 squads competing ... Again finished first at Cowboy Jamboree (10/2) with time of 17:14, winning by 14 seconds over next best collegiate competitor ... With third straight win, set school-record for consecutive cross country victories ... Finished third at Pre-Nationals (10/16) with time of 17:14 ... Took second-place finish at Big 12 Championships (10/30) with time of 17:00, helping Tech to a fifth-place team finish at the meet ... Earned all-conference recognition with her second-place finish ... Finished seventh at NCAA Mountain Regional (11/14) with time of 17:08.16, as Tech finished eighth overall at the meet ... Took fifth place at NCAA Championships (11/22) with time of 16:51.40 ... Time set school-record for fastest 5K race for second time in 1999 season ... Recorded best time of anyone from Big 12 conference at NCAA Championships.

1999 OUTDOOR: Established herself as one of nation's top distance runners and greatest women's distance runner in Tech history ... Set new school records in 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 all during outdoor season ... Concluded her season by winning gold medal in 10,000 meters at World University Games with time of 32:58.80 in Balearic Islands ... Competed at U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships (6/24) in Eugene, Ore., finishing seventh in 10,000 meters with time of 33:02.02 ... NCAA outdoor national champion in 10,000 meters and finished second in 5,000 outdoors at Boise, Idaho (6/3) ... All-American in both events ... Won 10,000 meters with time of 34:01.63, second fastest mark in Tech history ... Posted mark of 16:12.72 in 5,000, also second fastest time in school history ... Scored 18 points at NCAA meet to help lead Tech to 10th-place finish ... Automatic NCAA qualifier in 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters and provisional NCAA qualifier in 1,500 ... Had best time in nation in 10,000 and second best time in 5,000 ... Big 12 champion in 5,000 and 10,000 meters, setting new conference championship records in both events ... Was team's leading scorer at Big 12 meet in Waco, Texas, (5/21) with 20 points ... Victory in 5,000 meters came in 16:44.18, fourth fastest time in Tech history ... 3,000 meter win was with time of 9:32.11, third fastest time in school history ... Set school record in 3,000 meters at Cardinal Invite (5/7) with time of 9:17.68 ... Set new school record at Penn Relays (4/26) in 5,000 meters victory with time of 16:02.42 ... Part of ninth-place distance medley squad at Penn Relays ... Took first in 800 meters at LSU Alumni Gold meet (4/17) with time of 4:23.71 ... Took first at Stanford Invite (3/28) in 10,000 meters, setting new school record ... Her time of 32:53.95 set new Cobb track record at the Stanford Invite ... Won 3,000 meters at UT Opener (3/20) with time of 9:40.38 ... One of four women track and field student-athletes nominated for 1998-99 Honda Award given to top collegiate athlete in the sport ... Named Trackwire's Woman Athlete of the Week after her record setting performance in 10,000 meters at Stanford Invite ... Featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd section.

1999 INDOOR: Indoor All-American and NCAA champion in 5,000 meters ... Had nation's best indoor 5,000 time of year (16:01.11) set at NCAA meet (3/6) in Indianapolis, Ind., also a school record ... Tech's first individual national champion ... Scored 10 points at NCAA meet to lead Tech to their best-ever finish at nationals (tied for 10th) ... Big 12 champion in 5,000 meters with time of 16:31.38 ... Mark set new Big 12 meet (2/20, Lawrence, Kan.) and Ahearn Fieldhouse records in event ... Finished fourth in 3,000 at Big 12 meet with time of 9:36.85, setting new school record ... Provisionally qualified for NCAA meet in 3,000 ... Scored 15 points at Big 12 meet ... Ran a then school-record time of 16:15.29 in 5,000 meters at Cannon IV Classic (2/5) ... Time was best in nation for three weeks ... Took first in 3,000 meters at Red Raider Indoor Invitational (1/30) with mark of 9:56.00 ... Also posted victories at Red Raider Indoor Open (1/16) in mile run (5:09.54) and 3,000 meters (10:26.31).

1998 CROSS COUNTRY: Redshirted.

1998 OUTDOOR: Finished fifth at Big 12 Championships (5/16) in 10,000 with time of 36:43.87 ... Took 10th at conference meet in 5,000 meters, crossing line in 17:36.93 ... Recorded top time of season in 5,000 at Mt. Sac Relays (4/19) at 16:59.26 for 11th-place finish ... Clocked season-best 10:09.55 in 3,000 for first place at ACU Track & Field Classic (5/7) ... Finished with time of 17:08.79 in 5,000 at Texas Relays (4/4) ... Posted mark of 10:44.47 in 3,000 for second place at Texas Tech Medical Center Relays (3/28) ...

1998 INDOOR: Had top indoor performances of season in 3,000 and 5,000 at Big 12 Championships (2/27) ... Recorded personal best and set school records in both events ... Finished 14th in 3,000 meters with time of 9:56.86 ... Took seventh in 5,000 meters with mark of 17:01.48 ... Took second at Red Raider Indoor Invitational (1/24) in 5,000 with mark of 17.27.86 ... Finished 16th at Cannon IV Classic (2/13) in 5,000 with time of 17:21.60.

1997 CROSS COUNTRY: Tech's top runner on the season ... Competed in six meets, claiming the team's top spot in four ... Finished 11th at Big 12 Championships (11/2) with time of 18:01 ... Took 18th at NCAA Mountain Regionals (11/15), posting mark of 18:01.50 ... Clocked a personal-best time in Texas A&M Invitational (10/18) with time of 17:23 ... Took fourth at Cowboy Jamboree (10/4) in time of 18:02 ... Also finished fourth at SMU Invitational (9/20) with mark of 18:43 ... Won Red Raider Invitational (9/6) in time of 19:09.

1997 OUTDOOR: Moved into second position on Tech's outdoor 5,000 meters record list after taking fifth at Big 12 Championships (5/16) with time of 17:23.15 ... Finished fourth in 10,000 meters at conference meet with time of 36:30.81 ... Posted time of 35:52.84 in home meet (4/23) in 10,000 meters ... Claimed first place in 3,000 at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational (4/19) with mark of 9:59.90 ... Finished first at Gatorade Invitational (4/5) in 5,000 with time of 17:50.00 ... Finished first at Texas Tech Invitational (3/29) in 1,500 meters with season-best time of 4:49.50 ... Took third at UC-Irvine Invitational (3/23) in 3,000 with time of 10:11.86, then third-best in Tech history ... Finished eighth in 5,000 with time of 19:44.61 at UC-Irvine meet.

1997 INDOOR: Redshirted.

1996 CROSS COUNTRY: Took second in season-opening Red Raider Open (9/7), her first collegiate race, with time of 20:04 ... Finished seventh at SMU Invitational (9/21) in time of 18:13 ... Mark of 18:23.20 put her 11th at Cowboy Jamboree (10/5) ... Claimed individual title at Texas Tech Open (10/12) in time of 18:59, setting course record in process ... Clocked season-best time of 17:37.11 at Arkansas Invitational (10/19) ... Finished 20th at Big 12 Championships (11/2) in time of 18:41 ... Took eighth at District 6 Championships (11/16) with mark of 18:12 ... Advanced to NCAA Championships, finishing 50th overall with time of 18:36.

HIGH SCHOOL: 1996 graduate of Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas ... Began running distance her senior year ... Qualified for regional cross country meet ... Placed third at state meet in 3,200 meters ... Earned team's Newcomer of the Year award in cross country ... Awarded team MVP in track ... Clocked personal-best time of 11:16 in 3,200 and 5:15 in 1,600 ... Participated on cross country, track, basketball and tennis teams ... Basketball team qualified for regionals three consecutive years ... Two-time regional qualifier in tennis ... Member of National Honor Society ... Named Monterey Outstanding Student ... Class secretary junior and senior years ... Voted Most Athletic in senior class ... Earned Senior Excellence Award.

PERSONAL: Born August 6, 1978, in Lubbock, Texas ... Daughter of Tab and Jan Daniel ... Both parents are Texas Tech alumni ... Restaurant, hotel and institutional management major.

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