University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Morgann Leleux finished fourth in the pole vault at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday. Morgan cleared a personal best at 15 feet 1 inch and will be an alternate on the olympic team because of her fourth place finish.
Leleux, a New Iberia native, was part of a group of 24 athletes competing for three spots on the U.S. Olympic team for the Olympic Games hosted in Rio de Janeiro this summer. Following her high school career at Catholic High of New Iberia, which included being a five-time junior national champion and 2011 Track & Field News National High School Girls Athlete of the Year, Leleux went to the University of Georgia to continue her career, where she ultimately graduated. She enrolled at UL Lafayette, and with her remaining eligibility, she broke the school and Sun Belt Conference record last season with a height of 14 feet 10 inches. Leleux then won the women’s pole vaulting championship at the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship in May.
Following her successful conference season, Leleux was named Sun Belt Conference Women’s Field StudentAthlete of the Year. The award, voted on by coaches in the Sun Belt, was the first player of the year award for Leleux in her career.
Leleux’s string of success continued in June, as she was named an All-American for the fifth time of her illustrious career, after finishing second in the women’s pole vault at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship. It was Leleux’s second time finishing second, competing in sloppy conditions but still managing to clear 14 feet 1 1⁄4 inches.
Leleux joined former Cajuns alumnus Michael Vani (2014), Chris Roy (2010 and 2012), and current track and field head coach Lon Badeaux (1996), as Cajuns to be named to All American honors in the pole vault.
At Georgia, Leleux was a First Team AllAmerican in Indoor and Outdoor in 2012 as a freshman. She then amassed many other awards, including two more First team All-American honors (2014 and 2015), one Second Team All-American Honor (2013), and SEC championships in Outdoor (2012 and 2013) and Indoor (2014).