Oct. 6, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- Craig Leon, Ohio's Director of Compliance and a former Bobcat student-athlete, finished 10th at Sunday's United States Marathon Championship in Minneapolis. In just his second marathon, he completed the race in a time of two hours, 18 minutes, 29 seconds (2:18:29) to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in January 2012 in Houston, Texas.
"The race played out almost perfectly," said Leon. "I stayed ahead of my goal pace (2:19) and the weather was ideal. Everything was in place for me to qualify, and I was able to take advantage of a great opportunity. It's an incredible feeling to know that all the hard work that I've put into my training has put me in a position to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials."
The top three finishers from the Houston race will represent the U.S. in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.
Leon made his marathon debut in May by winning the Eugene Marathon in a time of 2:23:15. Prior to running marathons, Leon continued his post-collegiate career by competing in various road races and half-marathons. He is also the two-time defending Athens half-marathon champion.
Leon was named to the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic All-America and Mid-American Conference All-Academic teams during his career, which was capped by a strong 2008 cross country season. That year, he finished second overall at the MAC Championship to earn all-league honors. Following that meet, Leon extended his fantastic season by qualifying for the NCAA Nationals after finishing 15th at the Great Lakes Regional in Bloomington, Ind.
One of his greatest Ohio accomplishments came when he etched his name in the Bobcat record books at the NCAA Pre-National cross country meet on Oct. 13, 2007. His time of 23:58.00 eclipsed John Mirth's previous 8k record by exactly one second.
Leon is in his first year as the department's Director of Compliance after serving as an intern during the 2009-10 school year.