MSU - Leah O'Connor Garners Big Ten Athlete Of The Week Honors
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's track athlete Leah O'Connor was named the Big Ten Women's Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday afternoon, as announced by the conference office. She is receiving the award for the fourth time this season.
It was another record-setting weekend for O'Connor at the Ohio State Jesse Owens Track Classic. On Friday, she won the women's 1,500 meter race and broke her own school record with a time of 4:11.04. O'Connor's time currently ranks first in both the Big Ten and the NCAA heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
O'Connor was named the Big Ten Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and Championships after winning the women's mile with a time of 4:32.29 at the indoor conference meet on Feb. 28. She went on to win the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Mar. 14, breaking her own school record with a time of 4:27.18, the fastest time in NCAA Track & Field Championship history.
The senior native of Croswell, Michigan, is the defending Big Ten Champion in the women's 1,500 meter and 3,000 meter steeplechase. She went on to win a national title in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last June.
O'Connor will defend her conference titles in the 1,500 meter and 3,000 meter steeplechase at next weekend's Big Ten Championships. Michigan State will host the event from Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, at Ralph Young Track & Field.