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Leah Ford

Leah Ford
Leah  Ford

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Mason, Ohio

High School:
William Mason

Experience:
1L

Major:
Chemical Engineering

09/09/2017

Gamecocks Take Fourth in Bulldog SEC Preview

South Carolina tops two SEC teams on same course as SEC Championships

09/02/2017

Gamecocks Claim Season Opener, Defend Carolina Challenge Crown

Five Gamecocks rank in the top 10, including two freshmen

10/14/2016

Gamecocks Take 13th in Packed Crimson Classic Field

South Carolina ranks fifth out of nine SEC teams in the field two weeks ahead of conference meet

09/17/2016

Gamecocks Post Near Perfect Day in 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational

South Carolina wins with 18 points in the Division I standings

09/03/2016

Gamecocks Open 2016 with Win in Carolina Challenge

South Carolina tops the Division I teams competing in this year's event

09/02/2017

Carolina Challenge 9/2/17

Shots, provided by Bob Stoner, from the 2017 Carolina Challenge, held at the Sandhill REC course in Columbia, S.C.

09/15/2016

2016 Carolina Challenge

Shots from the Gamecocks season opening cross country meet.

Cooper Scholar
Honors College
2016-17 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2017 Cross Country (Sophomore)
Represented the Gamecocks four times in her second season... Placed 31st at the Carolina Challenge, running a time of 20:07.6, a season best 5K... Finished sixth at the Koala Classic, scoring for the Gamecocks as they won the team title... Posted her best 6K of the year at the Crimson Classic, when she came home in 24:38.2.

2017 Track
Indoors:
Ran the 5000m twice ... Finished fifth at the Clemson Invitational (18:52.69) and 17th at the Tiger Paw Invitational (19:13.87).
Outdoors: Ran both the 3000m and the 5000m ... Her top 3K finish came at the Weems Baskin Invitational, where her time of 10:56.46 was good for ninth ... Placed 10th in the 5K at the Spec Towns Invitational, at 18:47.91.

2016 Cross Country (Freshman)
Ran five times in her first year as a Gamecock ... Finished fifth on the team and 16th overall with her 19:22.77 clocking in her collegiate debut at the Carolina Challenge 5K ... Came in 16th among Division I competitors in the 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational (19:46.8) ... Her best 5K time came in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (19:06.6) ... Tallied her best 6K time in the Crimson Classic at 23:25.7, ranking 141st overall ... Finished 132nd in the SEC Championships (24:52.7)

High School
The Mason High product competed mostly at 1600m during her high school career ... Ranked ninth in the OATCCC Indoor State Championship at 1600m, finishing with her best indoor time of 5:19.81 at that distance ... Three times, she finished fifth in the OHSAA Outdoor Division I District meet ... Her top outdoor 1600m time came at the 2013 Rod Russel Mason Invitational, completing the race in 5:08.65 ... In her four years with the Comets, she helped the team win two state champs (2012-13), one runner-up finish (2014) and one third-place showing (2015) ... Competed in four Ohio State Cross Country Championships, finishing a high of 14th in 2013 ... Ran her career-best 18:30.52 in that year's district race, finishing third ... Served as the cross country team captain as a senior.

Personal
The daughter of Theodore and Lori Ford ... Has two brothers, Brent and Kyle LaPak ... Majoring in chemical engineering.

Cross Country Personal Records
5K
19:06.6 (9/30/16 Joe Piane Notre Dame Invite)
6K
23:25.7 (10/14/16 Crimson Classic)
 

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