As an underclassman, Elizabeth Leachman broke the national high school 5,000-meter indoor and outdoor records as well as the 3,200-meter outdoor record, bringing herself into the conversation about Olympic Trails.

The Boerne Champion runner’s main goal, meanwhile, is to win gold at the 2024 UIL State Track & Field competition.

Leachman delivered an incredible performance in the 3,200-meter run on Friday to kick off Class 5A competition. With a time of 10:11.40, the sophomore shattered the 5A mark.

“It was definitely a relief,” Leachman said. “I really didn’t know what to expect going into today. So, you know, just for it to work out well like that, and to have all the support I had around me, it was great to be able to finish that home stretch and realize that I was able to pull through it.”

Leachman did not give the audience her customary wave and smile before crossing the finish line this time. After the race, Leachman remarked that her goal was to finish the race comfortably following a hamstring injury she had sustained at regionals, where she had also broken a record to win the 3,200-meter regional title.

“The focus was just trying to make sure that I felt OK to get through the whole race, instead of, you know, working for a certain time,” Leachman said. “As long as I could kind of stay out there, out front and feel comfortable with the moves being made, that was the main idea.”

Later on Friday night, the highly regarded distance runner from Boerne Champion won the gold medal in the 1,600-meter run with a timing of 4:41.36.

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