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Leslie Selected For U.S. Pan Am Team

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Breanna Leslie will participate in her first career international meet when she represents the U.S. at the Pan American Combined Events Cup June 1-2 in Ottawa, Canada.

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May 28, 2013
Joe Reinsch

AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific senior Breanna Leslie has been selected to represent the United States team at this weekend’s Pan American Combined Events Cup in Ottawa, Canada.

Leslie is one of three U.S. female competitors entered in the meet, and she is entered into a field of 31 athletes representing 11 different nations for her first-ever appearance representing her country at an international meet.

“This is a big chance for Breanna,” said Azusa Pacific men’s track & field head coach Kevin Reid. “Getting that box of USA gear is a big step. This is the first international team she’s made, and this is the first step for her to believe she belongs in that arena. This meet is a good first step before she gets to the USA Outdoor Championships next month.”

Her U.S. teammates are Aisha Adams and Lindsay Schwartz, who both compete post-collegiately for the Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation, a first-year program based in Santa Barbara which was established to provide overall support for elite American female track & field athletes competing in the heptathlon.

All three competed in this year’s Mt. SAC Relays Combined Events meet hosted by Azusa Pacific, with Leslie scoring a school-record 5,761 points for a third-place finish while Schwartz placed fifth with 5,565 points and Adams did not finish the meet, although she had logged 5,788 points at a different meet earlier in the spring. Leslie’s performance still ranks ninth on the current U.S. list of top heptathlon marks, although she has not competed in another heptathlon since the Mt. SAC Relays.

Leslie, who originally set the Azusa Pacific heptathlon record during her 2012 junior season, has now posted the top three heptathlon scores in program history with three marks of 5,300 points or better. Since her school-record performance at the Mt. SAC Relays, Leslie concluded the collegiate outdoor season by claiming the Track Athlete of the Meet award as the top performer at the 2013 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She registered NCCAA All-American performances in all six events she competed, earning 46 points towards the Cougars’ meet-winning 192-point total.

“She doesn’t need to do anything she hasn’t done before,” Reid said. “She earned her spot by her performances, which is the US Track & Field way. It’s just a matter of having the confidence to continue to do what she’s done to get to this point. With the collegiate season ending a little earlier than normal for us, she’s been able to get in some good weeks of training leading into this.”

Leslie has also qualified for next month’s U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which are held June 19-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.