Elizabeth Leachman Runs 15:25.27 For 5,000m National Record

It was just over two weeks ago when Elizabeth Leachman (Boerne Champion) broke the indoor 5,000m national record with a 15:28.90 performance to claim that mark.

That was indoors and in New York City.

Tonight, she was chasing the outdoor mark and she was doing under the Texas sky.

Leachman continued her high level running and she came away with another national record to her resume. She finished with a time of 15:25.27 to eclipse the previous 15:25.93 mark held by Natalie Cook (Flower Mound).

The weather wasn't as unforgiving as it far too often can be. With 65 degree temperatures, mother nature was about as cooperative as she could be with the exception of the wind.

What was hoped to be a competitive race ended up being the opposite. The high school sophomore quickly discarded the collegiate field by initiating the race with a 35 second opening 200 meters.

The rest of the race continued to follow suit as Leachman would pull away from the field with every passing lap. Turning in splits of 4:58 and 10:00 through the the 1600m and 3200m marks, the fans cheered and clapped her through the final stages of the race.

Leachman will now turn her focus to the Texas UIL season. She won the 2023 UIL 5A 1600m state championship, but was unable to qualify in the 3200m.

She can can potentially win two or three events this year and add some overall Texas UIL records on the track as she has yet to own any.