2002-03 Honor Roll: Lauren Fleshman

The eighth winner of The Bootleg's Honor Roll award is middle distance runner Lauren Fleshman. Lauren is one of the top middle distance runners in the country, as evidenced by her dominance at the 5,000 meters at the NCAA's.

In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in late-June), we introduced The Bootleg Honor Roll and also released a list of 30 finalists for this award for the 2002/2003 school-year. Here is a link to that story.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of July, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The announced winners so far are baseball catcher Ryan Garko, water polo’s Tony Azevedo, volleyball's Logan Tom, soccer's Marcia Wallis and track & field's Grant Robison , swimmer Tara Kirk and baseball's Carlos Quentin.

The eighth recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is middle distance runner Lauren Fleshman. At the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Sacramento in June, Fleshman won the 5,000 meter title in 15:24.06. She became only the second woman ever to win three consecutive NCAA 5,000 meter titles. She finished her career as a 14-time All-American. At the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Fleshman finished second in the 3,000 meters with a personal-best time of 9:01.58. She had captured that NCAA title in her junior year. She has also excelled in Cross Country. She finished fourth at the 2002 NCAA Championships, becoming a four-time All-American.

This summer, Fleshman finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the 2003 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She is a strong candidate for the U.S. Olympic team in 2004.

(photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


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