National High School Coaches Association

October 2010 - Abbey Leonardi, Junior, Kennebunk High School, Kennebunk, Maine

October 2010 - Abbey Leonardi, Junior, Kennebunk High School, Kennebunk, Maine

Featured in this month’s issue of Running Times Magazine, the 5-foot-1 Leonardi broke the meet record Oct. 2 at the Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions at Belfast by 27 seconds. Her time of 17:58.35 gave her a 23-second victory over one of the stronger fields in state history. She became only the second girl to break the 18-minute barrier on the course. The two-time defending Class A state champion and theNew England champion in 2008, Leonardi also set state records in the 1,600 (4:51) and the 3,200 (10:42) last spring, then clocked a time of 10:26 to take the New England title in the 3,200.