April 21, 2014
BOSTON - Former Ohio University men's track and field student-athlete Craig Leon finished 12th of 6493 runners in his age group in the 118th running of the Boston Marathon Monday.
Leon placed fifth among American runners in a personal-best time of 2:14:28. This mark is ten seconds faster than his time at last year's Boston Marathon.
The Eugene, Ore. native has succeeded at the highest levels of competition since graduating from Ohio University in 2007. He finished 10th in last year's Boston Marathon, 26th in the marathon at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and won the Eugene Marathon in 2010.
He was ranked the 29th fastest American marathon runner in 2012. His personal-best marathon time came in a 14th place finish at the Chicago Marathon when he ran a 2:13:52 race and raised almost $5,800 for the family of an 8-year-old boy who was killed in the Boston bombings that also injured the boy's parents and sister.
Now he hopes to be in the mix in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2016. He is trying to get his time down to 2:11:0.
Leon walked on to the Ohio University track team as a freshman in 2003 and qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2007.