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Will Leer '07 in the Running for Summer Olympics

Will Leer ’07 is heading to the upcoming U.S. Olympic track and field trials to attempt to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The trials are taking place July 3 to 7 in Eugene, Oregon, where Leer has been training for the past 10 months. If he finishes among the top three runners, he will qualify for the U.S. team.

Originally from Minnesota, Leer majored in mathematics and earned a minor in philosophy at Pomona. Predominantly a soccer player in high school, Leer got much more intensely involved in track and field at Pomona, competing all four years and earning repeated All-American honors. He won the 2006 Division-III indoor national title for the mile, and at the 2007 Division III outdoors nationals, he became the first male runner to win the 1500-meter and the 5000-meter event on the same day. Last year, he also finished 10th nationally at the USA Track & Field Championships.

Former Pomona-Pitzer track coach Pat Mulcahy praised Leer for his positive attitude and unwavering commitment to the sport. “He’s trying to keep it going and explore what he can do,” Mulcahy says. “He’s probably gone further than he thought he could, but he’s taking it all in stride.”

The first of the trials’ three rounds start July 3, with the second round on July 4 and the final round taking place on July 6.i>--Adam Conner-Simons '077

Update: Will Leer '07 placed fourth in the men's 1,500-meter final on July 6 with a time of 3:41:54. "I'm disappointed I didn't get third, but we're sending a great team....This meet was very successful for me. It has catapulted me to a new level as far as my career goes," he said in an interview with RunnersWorld.com.

Visit RunnersWorld.com for more quotes and a video interview with Leer.