June 8, 2009
Written by Cory Chandler
Alumna Leigh Daniel met her fiance Nick at Olympic Training Camp. They have been together for five years.
Texas Tech University’s first national track and field champion Leigh Daniel has traded running shoes for a bridal gown in her latest national competition.
Daniel, a two-time NCAA national champion, seven-time All-American and seven-time Big 12 Champion, is now competing alongside her fiance for a Rockefeller Plaza wedding, courtesy of the TODAY Show.
The lovebirds will compete against three other couples in a series of challenges during the 10th Annual TODAY Throws a Wedding. Viewers will vote for the winning couple and a July 15 wedding will air live on the TODAY Show.
Daniel ran for Texas Tech from 1998-2001, establishing her place as one of the nation’s top distance runners. In 1999, she set numerous records on her way to winning the women’s 5,000 meters in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, was an NCAA outdoor national champion in 10,000 meters, and won a gold medal in the 10,000 meters at the World University Games.
Daniel majored in human development while at Texas Tech. She now is the head women’s cross country coach at Ashland University; her fiance, Nick Cordes, is the men’s cross country coach.