LeDuc Garners All-America Honors in 5000 Meters for Camels

LeDuc Garners All-America Honors in 5000 Meters for Camels

LINCOLN, Neb.--Connecticut College senior Michael LeDuc of Canton, Conn. is an All-American again.

LeDuc posted a time of 14:23.92 en route to a seventh place scoring in the 5000 meter run at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb. Friday night.

The top eight finishers are recognized as NCAA All-Americans. This is the seventh time LeDuc has been named an All-American in track and field or cross country.

"I'm very proud of Mike's performance today," Connecticut College Associate Head Track & Field Coach Jim Butler said. "He turned in another All-American performance tonight and we're looking forward to another exciting race tomorrow."

LeDuc will compete in the 3000 meter run tomorrow.

This past November, the USTFCCCA Honored LeDuc as its National Athlete of the Year in Division III Men's Cross Country.

LeDuc posted a time of 24:29 on the 8k course at Hanover College to win the Division III Men's Cross Country Championship November 23. It marked the second time LeDuc had won an NCAA Title in the past seven months for the College.

LeDuc's finish was the second fastest time in course history. Peter Kosgei, the 2008 NCAA Champion from Hamilton College, holds the record with a time of 22:22. LeDuc ran almost a full minute faster than his winning time of 25:22 at the pre-national race held back on October 5.  

LeDuc posted a time of 24:21 to win the NCAA Division III Regional Championship hosted by the University of Southern Maine at the Narragansett School on November 16.

With 150 meters remaining in the race, LeDuc was able to pass Colin Cotton of Williams College to pull out the victory. LeDuc is the first man or woman at Connecticut College to win a Division III Regional or National Cross Country Championship.

The victory occurred on the heels of his victory at the NESCAC Championship back on November 2. With that triumph in Waterford, LeDuc was honored as the NESCAC Performer of the Year.

LeDuc enjoyed a memorable 2012-2013 for the Camel Athletic Program. 

He captured the College's third NCAA Championship in La Crosse, Wis. in May, topping his own school record with a time of 8:50.58 in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

LeDuc also ran the 5000 meters at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, finishing 18th in that run with a time of 14:56.11. 

LeDuc continued to pile up the honors and awards over the summer. In June, LeDuc was named to the Capital One Academic Men's Cross Country/Track & Field First Team in Division III as selected by The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

He was also honored as one of the Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division III for the 2013 men's track & field season by the USTFCCCA.

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.

In March of 2013, 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.

In November of 2012, 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 garnered All-America accolades in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Claremont, Calif. He posted a school record setting time of 8:59.54 en route to a fourth place finish, moving up two spots from his All-America finish in 2011. 

In the classroom, the botany major has been recognized on the NESCAC All-Academic Team during the past seven seasons.