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Success continues at collegiate level for Leah Holmes

Superior Telegram

Former Superior Spartan Leah Holmes has found success on the track in her first year running for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The distance runner has already moved into the Panthers record book following a career-best performance in the 1,500-meter run at the Horizon League Championships, held May 2-4. Holmes was UW-Milwaukee’s top finisher and placed fourth overall in 4 minutes, 39.05 seconds. Her time ranks seventh in Panther history. The current outdoor 1,500 record of 4:27.50 was set by Tanaiya Fisher in 2011.

Holmes also earned a fifth-place finish at the Horizon League Championships with a time of 2:18.78 in the 800-meter run. UW-Milwaukee junior Dana Clausen won the race in 2:16.64.

During the indoor season, Holmes took over the No. 5 spot on the all-time list for the mile run. She finished in 5:02.11. Elise Sigg holds the top time of 4:53.49, set in 2011. The other three runners ahead of Holmes in the record book all ran in the 1980s.

Northwestern High School graduate Tess Nelson also competed for the Panthers this season. She claimed three state titles in hurdles during her high school career, but she has branched out at the collegiate level to compete in the heptathlon.

Nelson finished fourth in the heptathlon at the Lee Calhoun Invitational (Macomb, Ill.) on April 11 with 3,843 points.

She also competed in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles this season.