Maine running star to attend the University of Oregon

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, at 4:06 p.m.

KENNEBUNK, Maine — The University of Oregon has produced some of the finest distance runners to ever grace this country, and arguably the top schoolgirl runner Maine has ever seen is heading to that school.

Kennebunk High School senior Abbey Leonardi will sign a National Letter of Intent to run for the Ducks, according to a report on

Leonardi is coming off a second-place finish at the Footlocker Northeast regional championships in New York over the weekend, earning her a trip to the national championship race in San Diego Dec. 10., her third consecutive appearance in that race.

Leonardi’s high school resume includes four-straight cross-country state titles — something no other schoolgirl runner in Maine has ever done — a New England championship as a freshman and numerous course records in cross-country and outdoor state marks in the 1,600 meter, mile run, 3,000, 3,200 and 2-mile run.

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Leonardi will be joining an Oregon program that features some of the country’s finest training facilities. The Ducks of the Pac-12 conference finished fifth at the recent NCAA Championships, and their pack includes Jordan Hasay, a two-time Footlocker champ in high school.

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