LeDuc knocked nearly 10 seconds off his personal best in the event, finishing the race in a school record time of 9:03.72. LeDuc ran in last place for the first 2-to-3 laps of the race but didn’t let the pack get too far away from him.
LeDuc earned a spot in the NCAA championship event by winning the ECAC (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) title in the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:13.48 on May 19.
He is believed to be the first Canton man to earn Division III All-American honors in track but he isn’t the first from Canton to each such recognition. Kelly Rainey Kurcz earned All-American honors running for Massachusetts-Boston in 1986 as part of the 4×100 meter relay team.
DELAWARE, Ohio, May 26 – Former Canton High runner Kim Powell of Dickinson College finished 11th in the 10,000 meters (6.2 miles) at the NCAA Division III national championship meet on Thursday. Powell finished with a time of 36:57.42 in the race with a strong sprint to the finish. Powell was one of three Dickinson women in the race and they started conservatively.