Freshman Morgann Leleux has racked up accolades since starting her career as a Lady Bulldog pole vaulter in January.
June 4, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia true freshman pole vaulter Morgann Leleux has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, according to an announcement on Monday.
Leleux, a New Iberia, La., native, caps her first season with the Lady Bulldogs by competing at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET. She is also pushing for a shot at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., in late June.
Leleux was recently named the Southeastern Conference Female Freshman Field Athlete of the Year after upsetting Arkansas senior Tina Sutej, who is the collegiate record holder and two-time NCAA champion, in the finals. Leleux topped her own school record with a first attempt clearance of 14 feet, 6 ¾ inches to win the SEC title and set a Bernie Moore Stadium record in LSU’s facility.
This is the sixth-best mark for an American in 2012 as Leleux is currently holding down the No. 24 spot on the world performance list. She has won three this year, also finishing with runner-up honors with a 14-5.25 clearance versus a professional field at the Drake Relays.
Leleux opened her outdoor career by tying the school record of 14-3.50 to win the Georgia Relays. Before easily qualifying for the NCAA Championships with a mark of 13-5.25 at the East Prelims in late May, the 2012 NCAA indoor runner-up had reached at least 14 feet in seven meets, bridging the 2012 indoor season.
Live results and recaps from the NCAA Championships will be located at georgiadogs.com.