Three Red Devils Head to Olympic Marathon Trials


Gabrielle Russo '06, Catherine Campbell '12 and Greg Leak '10 earn invitations to upcoming Olympic trials

Dickinson has been known for consistently producing strong cross country and track & field teams, and those programs have built a strong network of successful alumni, many who continue to compete and perform at a high level. This February, Dickinson is excited to have three former student-athletes heading to the 2020 Summer Olympics Trials, looking to win a spot on the U.S. roster in the marathon.

Catherine Campbell recently clocked her top qualifying time on Jan. 19 in Houston with a time of 2:43.57. During her time at Dickinson, Campbell ran to All-America honors in the 5000-meters at the 2012 NCAA Indoor National Track & Field Championships. She was named to the Co-SIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Team for cross country and track and field in 2012. She was a four-time NCAA All-Region and three-time First-team All-Centennial Conference performer in cross country, leading the Red Devils to four straight NCAA Championship appearances. She captured a conference title in the 3000-meters at the indoor championships in 2012 and earned a combined six All-Conference honors in indoor and outdoor track & field. She is currently completing her degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry Orthodontics graduate program.

Greg Leak beat the men's qualifying standard (2:19.00) by almost five seconds, crossing the finish line in Berlin, Germany, in 2:14.44, in September. Leak ran to All-American honors in cross country as a senior at Dickinson and earned NCAA All-Region recognition in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He ran to back-to-back individual Centennial Conference Championships, leading the Red Devils to repeat team titles in 2008 and 2009. In track & field, Leak made major strides throughout his career and helped lead the Red Devils to indoor and outdoor conference championships in 2010 and captured a silver medal in the 10,000 meters in 2009. After serving in the Army, Leak has focused much of his attention in recent years on running. He also serves as a high school cross country coach.

Gabrielle Russo is an assistant professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University in New York. She qualified for the Olympic trials in November 2018, clocking a time of 2:44.15 at the Philadelphia Marathon. (The qualifying time is 2:45.00.) Russo earned NCAA All-Region and First-team All-Centennial Conference honors in cross country in 2003, leading the Red Devils to both conference and regional team championships. She was part of a Centennial Conference Championship in the 4x400 relay and helped set the school record in that event with a time of 4:07.13. She added conference titles in the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays in the 2004 indoor championships and placed second in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2003 outdoor championships. In her junior year, she set the Little Three Championship record in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

The Olympic trials are scheduled for Feb. 29, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Published January 24, 2020