Desiree Leek
Desiree Leek
Born: 07/12/1983
Year: Senior
Hometown: La Jolla, Calif.
High School: La Jolla
Position: Middle Distance
2004 XC Recap: After a steller Track & Field campaign in the spring, Leek continued to roll helping out the Gauchos 3rd place finish at Roy Griak, and then racing to 55th at the crucial Pre-National Meet as the Gauchos 2nd finisher. Leek was then sidelined for the Big West Championships due to sickness but bounced back for the Western Regional Championship gaining All-West Regional Honors by placing 23rd.

2004 Track & Field Recap: Leek finished 15th in the NCAA National Championship 5,000m final, the highest individual finish for the Gauchos in 2004...won the Big West 5,000m title and was a runner-up in the 1,500m at both the Big West and Cal-Nevada Championships...set personal bests of 4:26.18 for 1,500m and 16:33.74 for 5,000m that rank 4th and 3rd respectively on the All-time Gaucho lists...won Big West Challenge Cup 3,000m in a personal best 9:57.50.

2003 XC Recap: Leek led the team in her first two meets of the season, winning the UCSB Lagoon Open in 17:50 and finishing 3rd at the Riverside Invitational in a 5k XC PR 17:38. Took 4th at the Big West Championship, completing a Gaucho sweep of the top four places and earing All-Conference honors for the second straight season.

2003 Track Recap: Leek's sophomore season was unfortunately cut short by injury after setting a personal best of 4:33.18, to win the 1500m at the Cal Poly Invitational. 2002 XC Recap: Earned All-Conference honors with 5th place finish at Big West Conference Championship. Set 5k XC PR at UCSB Open with 2nd place finish time of 18:02.

2002 Track Recap: After a disappointing cross country season, Leek bounced back in strong fashion to become one of the team's top distance runners. Concluded her season taking 6th in the Big West 1500m event and doubled back to setting a personal record in the 5k of of 17:52 in 9th place.

Coach's notes: Joins the Gaucho program as a welcomed addition to the women's distance squad. In 1999, led La Jolla High School to a 4th place team finish at the Div 2 CIF State Cross Country Championships by finishing 12th with a time of 18:54. Under the instruction of coach Dorman at La Jolla High School.

Personal Info:
Parents are Terry and Brigitte Leek. Personal Bests
800m - 2:17.63 - 5/4/02
1500m - 4:26.18 - 5/15/04
3000m - 9:57.50 - 4/10/04
5000m - 16:33.74 - 5/28/04
UCSB 5K - 18:02 - 9/7/02
CIF 5K - 18:54 - 11/27/99