Kirsty Legg Breaks School 1500 Meter Record

Kirsty Legg (Photo by Brent Smith)

PORTLAND, ORE. -- Three days after competing in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship, Butler senior Kirsty Legg turned in a record-breaking performance at the Portland Track Festival at Lewis and Clark College.  The meet, held on Saturday and Sunday (June 14-15), is one of the premier track events in the United States, featuring some of the nation's best distance runners.

Running in a national class field, Legg placed seventh in the Women's 1500 Meter Run High Performance race.  Her time of 4:14.95 topped her previous school record of 4:15.83 set earlier this year.  Legg was third among collegiate runners entered in the race.

Earlier in the week, Legg placed 23rd in the 1,500 meter run at the NCAA national meet in Eugene, Ore.  She had the unfortunate experience of running most of the race with just one shoe, after being stepped on and having a shoe ripped off early in the competition.

"I'm proud of Kirsty's resiliency.  After what tragically happened in the NCAA 1500 prelim, it would be easy to be frustrated and hang your head.  She took the setback in stride and came out tonight with a lot of fight," said Butler head coach Matt Roe.  "It certainly helps that she can see that her best races are in front of her.  Tonight was the start of a new and exciting chapter in her running career."

Legg, who hails from Middlesborough, England, finished her Butler career with school records in the indoor mile and the outdoor 1,500 meter run.  She also helped the Bulldogs to a third place finish at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Championship, the highest finish in school history.  She earned honorable mention All-America recognition for her effort at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship