Will Leer '07 won his first national championships last weekend, taking the men's mile and the 3,000-meter run at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 3, 2013, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The men's mile was run "at altitude," which is at least 3,281 feet (1,000 meters). The race site on Sunday was at 5,085 feet. "I sat back, accordingly, I think, the first six laps," Leer said in an interview published by Associated Press. "I never thought we would run sub 4 minutes here; 4.01, 4.02, sure. But under 4 minutes, I'm impressed with my run, myself, what can I say."
Leer has had a strong running career after his time at Pomona College, competing at the USA Outdoor Championships and the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, and making bids for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics teams. Originally from Minnesota, Leer majored in mathematics and earned a minor in philosophy while at Pomona. He competed in track and field all four of his years here, earning seven track and one cross-country All-American honors. He won the 2006 and 2007 Division-III indoor national title for the mile, and at the 2007 Division III outdoors nationals, he became the first male runner to win the 1500-meter and the 5000-meter event on the same day.
Visit Leer's Wikipedia page for more information on his career.