Representation: Doyle Management Group
College: Michigan State University 2015
Career Highlights: Leah stands as one of the most decorated cross country and track athletes to pull on an MSU Spartan singlet. A two-time NCAA individual champion and part of the 2014 NCAA team cross country title effort, Leah earned a multitude of MSU, Big 10 Conference, USTFCCA and NCAA honors in her 5 years under Walt Drenth. in her first two pro seasons she has notched a 4th place finish at USA Outdoors, posted the 3rd-fastest American steeplechase time and qualified for the Olympic Trials final.
Sponsor: New Balance
College: UNC, Chapel Hill 2015
Career Highlights: Lianne completed a decorated collegiate career as a UNC Tar Heel in June 2015 with her second USA Outdoor Championships appearance in the 1500m. Lianne also qualified for two NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship meets and competed on the national stage in cross country on two occasions. A three-time cross country and track All-American, Lianne also sits at #3 on UNC’s all-time list in the 1500m, and she won the 2013 ACC title in that event, while also laying claim to an ACC indoor mile title that same year.
Coaching Highlights: Following six years as the Director of Cross Country/Track & Field at UC Davis and more than a decade as a secondary school teacher, administrator and coach in California and Washington, Drew launched the NorCal Distance Project in the spring of 2014.
In 2008 he moved to UC Davis as the head cross country coach, before assuming the position of Director of Track and Field in the fall of 2011. Under his guidance the Aggies won their first Big West conference title in men's cross country in 2010 followed by their first women's cross country title in 2011. Later that spring they went on to win the women's track and field title in 2012 and then repeated as conference champions in both 2013 and 2014. Under his leadership the track and field program rewrote the record books, including school records in the women's 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 3000m, 3000m Steeplechase, 5000m, 10,000m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, pole vault, high jump, triple jump and discus, as well as in the men's 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m, 4x100m, and pole vault. In addition he individually coached distance athletes to 17 Big West Conference titles , 8 NCAA appearances, and 3 All-American honors during a span 6 years. Owing to the Aggies teams' his success, Drew was named a Big West Conference Coach of the Year on 5 occasions.
As the coach of NorCal Distance, Drew has guided Kim Conley to an Olympic berth in 2012, a 12th place finish at the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in the 5000m, and the 2014 national title in the 10,000m. 2015 saw Conley win the US Championships half marathon and Lauren Wallace capture a US Indoor Championship title in the 1000m. In 2016, Kate Grace highlighted a stellar outdoor season by earning an Olympic Trials victory in the 800m, while Conley qualified for her second Olympic Team in the 5000m. In Rio, Grace qualified for the 800m final and finished in 8th place. As the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle begins, Leah O'Connor and Brie Felnagle have joined the growing ranks of the NorCal Distance Project with high hopes for 2017.
Sponsor: New Balance
Representation: Karen Locke
College: UC Davis 2009
Career Highlights: Kim has represented Team USA on seven occasions, including at the 2012 & 2016 Olympic Games, the 2013 World Cross Country Championships, and the 2013 World Track and Field Championships. In 2013 Kim finished 12th in the 5000m at the World Championships. In 2014 she won her first national title at the US Outdoor Championships in the 10,000m and followed it up by winning the 2015 US Half Marathon Championships. In November of 2016 she will make her marathon debut at the TCS New York City Marathon.