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Published on June 13, 2024
Texas High School Sensation Elizabeth Leachman Storms Into USA Olympic Trials With Record-Breaking PerformancesSource: Google Street View

In a stunning feat of athletic prowess that's set the world of track and field abuzz, Boerne Champion High School's sophomore Elizabeth Leachman has left her mark by not only setting new records but also punching her ticket to the USA Olympic Trials. The Hill Country phenom, known for shattering the state record in the 3,200 meters and holding national records in the 5,000 meters, is the only high school runner to be racing in the field of seasoned professionals, as reported by FOXSanAntonio.

Leachman, who completed her sophomore year amidst this whirlwind of accomplishments, not only toppled the competition at the state UIL 5A 3200-meter race by a monumental 20-second margin but also made headlines for outpacing collegiate and professional runners at the 96th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, securing a staggering finish with a time of 15:25.27—nearly half a minute quicker than her closest competitor, as detailed by KSAT's Big Game Coverage.

Now the stage is set for June 21st at Oregon's Hayward Field. Leachman is slated to compete at approximately 8:22 p.m. central time, where she will face a gauntlet of professional athletes who have honed their craft for many years—professionals who are likely taking note of this high schooler's meteoric rise. The minimum qualifying standard for the 5,000 meters at the trials is a brisk 15:40, but Leachman's record-breaking American high school time of 15:25 should make her competitors take her very seriously indeed.

In the event of Leachman beating the odds once more to qualify for the final race, the spotlight will again be trained on this young Texan at 9:09 p.m. on the 24th of June, it's worth mentioning how her performances so far have not just broken records but equally broken many expectations of what a high school athlete can achieve on the track generating a growing buzz and a plethora of young fans inspired by her astonishing pace and determination, according to FOX SanAntonio. If grit and record-breaking prowess are indicators of anything, it's that Elizabeth Leachman might just be the name on everyone's lips as these trials unfold.