Leland Takes 3rd Place in 1,500 Meters

Leland Takes 3rd Place in 1,500 Meters

GENEVA, Ohio – Kayla Leland closed out the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a school record and third place finish in the women's 1,500 meter run on Saturday. 

Leland also finished 11th in the 5,000 meters and Kayla Brase took 9th place in the women's triple jump at the Spire Institute.

Leland's six points for third place meant the Pirate women finished in a tie for 40th place in the women's team standings.  The Whitworth men also scored six points thanks to Andrew Bloom's third place finish in the javelin on Thursday.  They tied for 42nd place in the men's standings.

Leland crossed the line in 4:25.30 to break her previous school record of 4:27.25 set only two weeks ago.  Leland was edged out for second place by Marissa Coombs of Virginia Wesleyan by one one-hundredth of a second.  Emily Richards of Ohio Northern won the event with a time of 4:23.87.  All three runners went under the previous stadium record time of 4:26.24.

Only three hours later Leland raced in the 5,000 meters and took 12th place with a time of 17:29.84.  Maya Weigel of Pomona-Pitzer won in 16:34.08.

Leland finished the 2016-17 school year with four NCAA All-America performances.  She took 12th at the 2016 Division III Cross Country Championships last November and placed among the top eight in both the mile (4th) and the 800 meters (8th) at the 2017 Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Brase missed scoring in the triple jump by one place and only 1.5 inches.  She went 11.89 meters (39'-0.25") for ninth place to qualify for the finals.  Brase posted her best jump of the competition during her second attempt.  Alexa Wandy of SUNY Geneseo was the winner with a distance of 13.00 meters (42'-8"), setting a new Division III record.

Brase also finished ninth in the triple jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.