NEW LONDON, Conn--Connecticut College senior All-American Michael LeDuc of Canton, Conn. was honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Cross Country Most Outstanding Performer following the 2013 NESCAC Championship hosted by the Camels at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford Saturday.
The annual honor is given to the individual who finishes first at the conference championship meet. LeDuc became the first Camel to claim the men's individual title after besting the previous course record by 18 seconds with a time of 24:35.2, earning his fourth First Team finish to go along with 2010 NESCAC Rookie of the Year recognition.
"Obviously I'm very proud of Mike," Connecticut College Head Men's Cross Country Coach Jim Butler said. "To be the first NESCAC Cross Country Champion from Connecticut College is quite the accomplishment and to be First Team All-NESCAC selection all four years just goes to show you how prepared Mike has himself for the most important meets."
LeDuc enjoyed a memorable 2012-2013 for the Camel Athletic Program
LeDuc 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 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (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.
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.
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 six seasons.
LeDuc and the Camels will compete in the New England Division III Championship Saturday, November 16 at Gorham, Maine.