June 19, 2009
Written by Cory Chandler
Two-time NCAA national track champion Leigh Daniel and her fiancé, Nick Cordes, passed the first round of Today Throws a Wedding.
But the cross-country couple needs help continuing on its run to a live July 15 wedding on the Today show. Viewers vote each week for the couple of their choice, and only 88 votes separated the 3rd and 4th place couples during the first round of voting.
Supporters have until 10:59 p.m. Friday (June 19) to cast their vote.
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. Cordes is Ashland’s men’s cross country coach.