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Throwback Thursday: Will Leer

October 03, 2013

The Minnetonka Mile star split time between soccer and running in high school

By Liam Boylan-Pett, from Running Times

Who: Will Leer
High School: Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka, MN, Class of 2003
HS Personal Records:
400m: 50.8
800m: 1:54.6
1600m: 4:16.4
Current PRs:
1500m: 3:35.27
Mile: 3:56.39 and 3:53.1 (road)
3000m: 7:39.38
5000m: 13:21.55

“One-fifty-four-point … umm … six. Yeah, one-fifty-four-point-six for 800,” Will Leer says, remembering his high school PRs down to the tenth of a second. Even if it takes a little racking of the brain.

It’s easier to remember his PRs now. They’re all pretty fresh in his mind. They happened in the last six months. Leer is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., who now runs for Nike and trains by himself most of the year. He’s living in Southern California but also doing stints at altitude in places like Flagstaff, Ariz. It seems to be working, because he set PRs in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m in 2013. It really was, as a recent Running Times article declared, “The Year of Leer”, awesome mustache and all.

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