Track & Field's Collin Leibold Going Above and Beyond

Collin Leibold

June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON - The 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships invites the most elite group of collegiate runners to historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., for the final races of the season - the races that determine who can be touted as an All-American, or the ever elusive title of NCAA champion. With stakes like that on the line, it is hard to imagine the athletes concentrating on anything other than running and their performance on the track, but, Georgetown senior Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) is going above and beyond.

Leibold will be making his first trip to the NCAA Championships after a personal record (PR) of 13:54.05 at the East preliminary in Jacksonville less than two weeks ago. However, some would argue that Leibold's most impressive performance is happening off the track.

Following the NCAA Championships, Leibold is heading to Kenya on June 16. Leibold will be working in Lare, a village in Nakuru County, with an ultimate goal of returning to the village following his fifth year of NCAA eligibility (following the 2015-16 season) to start a sustainable running group out of the Mother of Mercy Girls Secondary School, located in Lare.

While in Oregon (Eugene and Portland), Leibold is asking female NCAA competitors for the following:
1. gently used running shoes (trainers, flats, spikes) sizes 6-9
2. running apparel
3. notes to the girls at the school - they are high school ages and love running, so any inspiration or advice from competitors

The spirit of competition can leave many student-athletes singularly focused on one goal. Leibold's efforts remind the competitors ascending upon Hayward Field, as well as the running and Georgetown communities, of the importance of working on the whole person. Leibold's long term goals in Kenya truly embody the Jesuit tradition of "men and women for others."

The NCAA Championships begin on Wednesday, June 10 and continue through Saturday, June 13 in Eugene, Ore. Leibold will compete in the men's 5,000-meter finals on Friday, June 12 at 9:30 p.m. ET, with live coverage available on ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m. ET and live coverage of the championships available on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET.

 

 

More Headlines
Individual Performances Highlight Cross Country Season... The Georgetown University cross country program traveled to State College, Pa... Georgetown Men’s Cross Country Tabbed Preseason No.... Georgetown University’s men’s cross country came in at No. 16 in ... Emily Infeld (B’12) Takes Sixth at IAAF World... Georgetown University track & field alum Emily Infeld (B’12) finished... Eighty-five Years Ago, Leo Sexton Won Gold at the 1932... It was 85 years ago to the day that Hoya track & field alum Leo Sexton won...
Shop Now
Auctions

#HoyaSaxa

widget powered by zoomph

Schedules

September 29
All Day
Paul Short Run
Bethlehem, Pa.
October 14
All Day
Pre-National Meet
Louisville, Ky.
October 28
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Kenosha, Wis.
November 10
All Day
NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 18
All Day
IC4A Championships
New York, N.Y.
November 18
All Day
NCAA Championships
Louisville, Ky.