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Leingang Continues Success in Oregon

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Jake Leingang had a storied high school career-- winning multiple state titles for Bismarck High in Cross Country and Track.

He was an elite runner-- who now dawns the neon yellow and green of the University of Oregon.

After a strong Freshman year-- Leingang is looking to continue to improve.

After his senior year-- He made the decision to run for one of the best track programs in the country-- Oregon.

Now it's a whole new running game.

"It's showing up every day and you know you have to be there to compete, you still take your easy days nice and slow but on the days you workout and stuff you better be ready or else you're going to get dropped real easily," says Leingang.

Taking the next step to the Division I ranks doesn't come easy.

80 miles a week-- that's just part of the training necessary to compete at the Division I level for a distance runner.

For Leingang, "It was amazing you know being able to train every day instead of you know waiting for the snow to clear out. The coaching is great first year, got in with the team got along with everyone. It's crazy to have people pushing you every day, you're not out there running by yourself, you know you're with the team, it's much easier to get out for a run."

Leingang made the top 5 roster for the Cross Country team in the fall-- finishing 150th at nationals.

He was one of only 27 freshman to run in the NCAA championships.

"We went to Cross Country Camp a month before that's kind of where he determines who the top five is and I wasn't really sure where we were at because there's so many good guys but once he told me that I made the top five, I gave it everything I had and we had a pretty decent season," says Leingang

It's no secret that Nike is one of the biggest sponsors of Oregon.

Leingang says its a treat to have one of the world's largest Sports Brands in his backyard.

Leingang says, "They take care of you well it's fun to represent. Nike is my favorite brand I always wore it before so, to go out there I had to switch over to Nike shoes to run in but it's working well."

There's no such thing as an off-season for Leingang but when he rejoins his team in Oregon after the summer he'll look to make even bigger Strides in his sophomore year.

"Those guys that are up there are the best in the nation and I'm just looking forward to aspiring to be one of those guys," said Leingang.


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