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Leanne Tucker

Player Profile
Hometown:
Tewksbury, Mass.

High School:
Tewksbury Memorial

Birthdate:
03/30/1993

Cl./Elig.:
Sr./Jr.

09/28/2012

Akande Leads Wildcats With Eighth Place Finish at Paul Short Run

Villanova placed two runners in the top 30 overall, finished seventh in team standings

11/08/2012

Women's Cross Country at Paul Short Run

Villanova ran in the Paul Short Run during its first team meet of the 2012 season.

On Tucker: Experienced middle distance runner whose top individual event is the 800 meters ... Consistent performer who showed progress during the past year and will continue to help the team in meets ... Capable of being a consistent BIG EAST scorer.

2014 Outdoor: Ran the leadoff leg of the Wildcats conference champion 4x800 meter relay and also finished seventh individually in the 800 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Villanova won its third straight conference crown in the 4x800 relay with a winning time of 8:33.36 ... Came in seventh in the finals of the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.70 ... Competed at the ECAC Championship, where she placed eighth in her heat and 25th overall in the preliminaries (2:18.96) ... During the preliminary heats of the event placed third in her heat and eighth overall with a time of 2:09.21 ... Opened the season with a fourth place finish in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:46.11 at the Philadelphia College Classic ... Also ran the 400 meters at that meet and finished in 12th place with a time of 1:02.27 ... Registered a season-best time of 2:12.39 in the 800 meters at the Colonial Relays and came in 13th in the Seeded University section ... Placed 20th in the 800 meters at the Raleigh Relays (2:15.88) and was 27th in the Elite section at the Larry Ellis Invitational (2:13.45) ... Anchored the sprint medley relay (800 meters leg) at the Colonial Relays and helped Villanova notch a second place finish in the relay with a time of 4:03.14.

2014 Indoor: Ran in the 800 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and came in 11th overall in the preliminary heats with a time of 2:15.02 ... Placed ninth in the Mile at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational, where she crossed the finish line in 5:29.80.

2013 Cross Country: Opened the season at the 4,000 meter Friend Big Five Invitational and came in 12th out of 63 runners with a time of 14:49.01 ... Ran in the three-mile Main Line Invitational and placed 17th in a field of 86 competitors with a time of 17:49.10.

2013 Outdoor: Ran three individual races in the 800 meters and qualified for the BIG EAST Championships ... Registered a time of 2:12.05 and came in 12th in the preliminary heats at the conference meet ... Recorded times of 2:10.59 at the Raleigh Relays and 2:12.05 at the Colonial Relays, coming in 12th and 10th, respectively, at those events ... Ran the 1500 meters at the season-opening Philadelphia College Classic and came in fifth out of 27 runners with a time of 4:35.44 ... Ran the 4x400 meter relay and the 4x800 meter relay at the Colonial Relays ... Anchored the 4x400 squad to a sixth place finish with a time of 3:51.09 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 relay as the Wildcats finished third with a time of 9:00.78.

2013 Indoor: Competed in the 800 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and came in third in her preliminary heat with a time of 2:11.02 at the conference meet ... Ran a season-best time of 2:09.98 at the Columbia Last Chance Meet and finished in 12th place ... Placed fourth (2:14.74) out of 67 runners at the New York City Gotham Cup ... Also led off the 4x800 meter relay at the Gotham meet as Villanova came in first with a time of 8:49.07 ... Finished with a time of 2:12.41 and came in 14th in the Championship section at the Armory Collegiate Invitational ... Opened the season by running the 1000 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, where she was the runner-up with a time of 2:54.16 ... Ran in an invitational 600 meters race at the Penn State National and came in second with a time of 1:35.13.

2012 Cross Country: Competed at both the Paul Short Run and the Haverford Invitational ... Registered a time of 24:18 and finished 307th at the Paul Short Run in her first collegiate 6K cross country race ... Placed sixth with a three-mile time of 18:18.90 at the Haverford meet.

2012 Outdoor: Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 800 meters ... Finished 17th in the preliminaries of the conference meet with a time of 2:13.18 ... Top time of the outdoor season was 2:12.36 in an eighth place finish at the Colonial Relays ... Registered a time of 2:13.40 at the Larry Ellis Invitational and came in eighth in the season-opening Big Five Invite (2:16.47) ... Also finished 11th in the 1500 meters (4:42.04) at the Big Five meet.

2012 Indoor: Came in fourth in the finals of the 800 meters at the BIG EAST Championships to score team points for Villanova ... Ran a time of 2:10.77 in the finals after ranking fifth in the preliminary heats with a time of 2:14.06 ... During the season won her collegiate debut in the 800 meters in 2:20.32 at the Jack Pyrah Invitational ... Also came in sixth at the NYC Gotham Cup (2:16.61) and third at the Penn State National (2:13.23) ... Ran the 500 meters twice and established her personal best time of 1:16.69 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational ... Came in fifth in the 500 meters at the Great Dane Classic (1:17.17) ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Great Dane meet and helped the second Villanova relay squad come in second in its heat and 12th overall with a time of 4:02.21.

2011 Cross Country: Redshirted.

Tewksbury Memorial High School: Starred in the 800 meters, earning All-America honors and also winning three consecutive Merrimack Valley Conference championships (2009, 2010, 2011) ... State runner-up in the 800 meters in 2010 and was also the individual champion at the Massachusetts Division II meet ... State champion in the 4x400 meters both outdoors and indoors in 2010 ... The indoor relay squad in 2010 also won a New England championship ... Overall was a six-time all-conference performer between the indoor and outdoor seasons ... As a sophomore and a junior was the team's MVP both indoors and outdoors ... Team captain as a senior ... Also played field hockey and was a three-time all-conference selection ... Team captain and MVP of the field hockey squad ... Presented with her school's Outstanding Athlete Award as a senior ... In 2009 and 2010 was chosen as the Female Athlete of the Year by both the Lowell Sun and the Town Crier ... Was twice named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic track team ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born 3/30/93 ... Youngest of three daughters of Brackett and Colleen Tucker ... Has two older sisters, Lauren (24) and Lindsay (21) ... Majoring in Communication.

PERSONAL BESTS

400 Meters (Relay)       56.67              High School
500 Meters               1:16.69            2012 New Balance Collegiate Invitational
800 Meters               2:09.13            High School
1000 Meters              2:54.16            2012 Jack Pyrah Invitational
1500 Meters              4:35.44            2013 Philadelphia College Classic
Mile                     5:29.80            2013 Jack Pyrah Invitational
6000 Meters (XC)         24:18              2012 Paul Short Run

CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)

BIG EAST Champion                           2014 (4x800 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST                                2014 (4x800 Meter Relay)

CAREER AWARDS (Academics)

BIG EAST All-Academic Team                  2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14

BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES

4x800 Meter Relay        1st                2014 Outdoor
800 Meters               4th                2012 Indoor
800 Meters               7th                2014 Outdoor
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