Thursday, April 19, 2007

Rains, Leer Named USATF Minnesota Athletes of the Month

Katelin Rains and Will Leer have been named USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for April 2007.

Rains, a sophomore at Minnesota State – Mankato, was honored for winning the NCAA Division II indoor pole vault title last month. Rains cleared 14 feet to break the meet record held by Minnesota State’s own Amanda Frame from 2005.

Leer, a Minnetonka High School graduate who is a senior at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, was recognized for defending his NCAA Division III indoor title in the mile and breaking his own meet record with a 4:08.19 clocking. Leer doubled back to finish third in the 5000 meters at the meet in 14:34.24.

USA Track & Field Minnesota selects Athletes of the Month to honor excellence in track and field and its related sports in Minnesota.

(Disclosure: Pete Miller and I serve, along with Kevin Moorhead, on the USATF-Minnesota Athlete of the Month committee.)

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