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Leigh Gilmore
Leigh Gilmore

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Grove Hill, Ala.

High School:
UMS-Wright

Event:
Distance



08/19/2012

Alabama Athletics Enjoys Record Breaking Academic Success in 2011-12

As a group, Alabama's more than 525 student-athletes averaged over a 3.0 grade point average for the 2011-12 academic year, including 48 that maintained a career GPA of 4.0. Overall, five teams posted GPAs above 3.5 for the second year in a row

All-Time Rank at Alabama:
• Outdoor 800m - 8th
• Outdoor 1,500m - 8th

Career Bests:
• 800m - 2:10.54
• 1,500m - 4:29.36
• Mile - 4:54.70
• 4k XC - 17:47.80
• 5k XC - 17:39.10
• 6k XC - 21:07.12

Junior (2010-11)
Had a breakout cross country season in which she was the Tide's consistent No. 2 runner ... finished 36th at the NCAA South Region Championship with a personal best time on a 6k course (21:07.12) ... was 25th at the SEC Championships ... was the Tide's top runner at the Pre-National Meet ... finished eighth at the Crimson Classic.

Sophomore (2009-10)
Scored for the Tide in all but one race during the cross country season ... saw a 45 second improvement in her 4,000m time at the Belmont/VU Opener where she posted a time of 15:04.04 ... set another personal best in the 5,000m Crimson Classic race by nearly 20 seconds, posting a time of 18:23.60 to finish 15th ... finished 33rd as the fourth Alabama runner at the SEC Cross Country Championships ... shattered her personal-best in the 6,000m by more than one minute at the NCAA South Region Championships where she finished 56th with a time of 22:00.52 ... set personal bests in the a 800m (2:10.54), 1,500m (4:29.36) and mile (4:54.70) during the track season ... was the team's top 800m and 1,500m runner ... finished fourth in the 1,500m at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational with her career best ... finished sixth (2:15.83) in the 800m at the Alabama Relays ... top 800m time and the eighth fastest mark in school history came in the preliminaries of the SEC Outdoor Championships ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Freshman (2008-09)
Competed in six races for the Tide, scoring in five ... set a personal-best in the 5,000m at the Crimson Classic finishing in 14th place with a time of 18:41.27 ... posted a career-best in the 6,000m with a time of 23:08.57 at the Chile Pepper Festival ... finished 79th at the NCAA South Region Championships ... placed 16th in the mile (5:08.72) at the SEC Indoor Championships as well as 10th in the DMR (12:21.69) ... finished third in the 800m (2:21.89) at the Clemson Invitational ... finished 18th (2:14.84) in the 800m and 17th (4:37.66) in the 1,500m at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... finished sixth in the 800m with a personal-best time of 2:14.34 a the Mississippi Open ... placed sixth at the Alabama Relays in the 800m with a time of 2:16.23.

Prep and Personal
Coached by Pat Galle ... 2005 and 2006 4A State Team Champions in cross country and track ... 2007 5A State Team Runner-up in cross country ... 4A state record holder in the 1,600m, 4x800m and 3,200m ... earned All-State honors in track and cross country in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... earned MVP Award in track and cross country in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... member of the National Honor Society, Headmaster's List and Spanish National Honor Society ... also played basketball ... named best all-around athlete for basketball ... awarded the Heart Award and "Eddie" Desire Award in basketball ... played AAU basketball in 2005 is the daughter of Wyman Jr. and Cynthia Gilmore ... siblings are Wil, Sarah, and Vivian ... majoring in engineering ... her father played football for the University of Alabama while her mother played basketball at Mississippi State University ... her brother, Wil, plays basketball at Birmingham-Southern College.