LeDuc Honored as NESCAC Men's Performer of the Week for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College junior Mike LeDuc of Canton, Conn. has been honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Cross Country Performer of the Week. LeDuc secured a second place finish in front of his home crowd at Harkness State Park on Saturday. The junior completed the 8,000-meter course in 24:54 to set the tone for the Camels, who placed second in the 22 team field with a score of 145 points. A total of 233 runners took part in Connecticut College's annual Invitational. LeDuc was named to the All-Invitational Team. "Mike worked very hard this summer to prepare for the fall, and the past few weeks his training has been going very well," Connecticut College Head Men's Cross Country Coach/Assistant Head Track & Field Coach Jim Butler said. "His fitness level was evident in how well he ran on Saturday. Hopefully we can carry this forward and keep him injury free as we approach the championship portion of the season." LeDuc has been honored on the first team of the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Cross Country squad for the past two years. At the 2011 NESCAC Cross Country Championship, LeDuc placed seventh on the 8k course with a time of 26:25. LeDuc, the 2010 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, placed fifth in his first NESCAC Championship at Hamilton College with a time of 26:23. In June of 2012, LeDuc was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Men's Cross Country/Track & Field Third Team in Division III as selected by The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 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, besting his previous school mark of 9:01.83 that was set at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship May 18, 2012. He also moved up two spots from his All-America finish in 2011. In the classroom, the botany major was recognized on the NESCAC All-Academic Team during all three seasons of the 2011-2012 academic year.

October 15, 2012

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