April 9, 2014
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Senior Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) of the University of Michigan women's track and field team became the second consecutive Wolverine to garner Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors today (Wednesday, April 9), following junior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), who received the award last week (April 2).
Leptich won the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday (April 5) to help Michigan (157) defeat Virginia (132) and Cal (85) for the second straight year in a tri-meet between three of the nation's top public universities.
Her career-best time of 10:04.86 is the second-fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time ever run in a collegiate dual/tri/quad meet, and currently ranks first in the Big Ten and third in the NCAA.
This marks Leptich second career weekly honor in track and field, as she also won the award on April 11, 2012, following a 3,000-meter steeplechase victory at the Stanford Invitational (10:11.85).
Leptich and the Wolverines will not compete this weekend, but will be back in action at the Mt. SAC Relays from April 16-19.
Contact: Whitney Dixon