LeDuc Advances to Finals in 3000 Meter Steeplechase at NCAA Championship

LeDuc Advances to Finals in 3000 Meter Steeplechase at NCAA Championship

LA CROSSE, Wis.--Connecticut College junior Michael LeDuc (Canton, Conn.) posted a time of 9:05.10 to win his heat and place second in the preliminaries of the 3000 meter steeplechase at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in La Crosse, Wis. Thursday night.

With his finish, LeDuc has advanced to Saturday's finals. He will run at 3:10 p.m. eastern time. LeDuc will then compete in the 5000 meter run at 6:55 p.m. EST. 

Back on April 5, LeDuc posted a school record setting time of 8:54.80 en route to his second place scoring in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the Sam Howell Distance Invitational hosted by Princeton University. 

LeDuc is seeded second in the steeplechase. The prelims will be run Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. with the finals to follow on Saturday at 2:10 p.m.

LeDuc successfully defended his New England Division III crown in the 5000 meters at Colby College May 4, shattering a facility record that had stood for more than two decades with a time of 14:30.03.

LeDuc is seeded 18th in the 5000 meter run and will compete for this NCAA Championship in the Badger Sate Saturday night at 5:55 p.m.

Back in March, LeDuc earned All-America honors for the fourth time in his career at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship, posting a time of 14:31.80 en route to his third place finish at North Central College.

This past fall, LeDuc turned in an All-American performance with a 13th place finish in 24:48 at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship hosted by the Rose-Holman Institute of Technology. 

It established a program record for the highest finish for a Connecticut College men's cross country runner at a national championship.

LeDuc has been honored on the first team of the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Cross Country squad in each of the past three years.