College: Penn State University
Hometown/High School: Ridgefield, CT / Ridgefield High School
Bio: Leah, a Ridgefield, Conn. native, was born into a running family. Her mother and father are former marathon runners who currently host annual philanthropic road races in Connecticut and own a New Balance store in New Canaan. At Ridgefield High School Leah earned multiple State and New England titles and All-American honors in the 800, 1600, 4×800 and DMR. She was a member of the RHS 4×800 team that holds the state record of 9:06 set in 2005.
Leah participated in cross country and indoor and outdoor track for the Penn State Nittany Lions from 2006-2010. During her time at Penn State, Leah received All-Region honors with a 14th place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Cross Country Regional meet in 2007. Having a breakout sophomore year, Rosenfeld was a point-scorer at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in the mile and then ran an NCAA provisional qualifying 4:45.46 at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Around the outdoor track, she scored points for the Nittany Lions at the Big Ten Championships in the 5,000 meters with a regional-qualifying time of 16:45 and nabbed a regional qualifier in the 1500 meters with a personal best time of 4:24.62 in the prelims, placing her on Penn State’s Top 10 All-Time 1500 meter record board. She was a member of the 4×1500 meter relay at Penn Relays, setting a school record of 17:57.28. On the cross country course during her junior year, Rosenfeld won the Iona Meet of Champions at Van Cortland Park in New York City, also leading her team to a 1st place finish. Illness plagued the rest of her collegiate career; however, during her senior year in 2010 Penn State won its first triple crown in school history, winning the Big Ten Championships in Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, and Outdoor Track and Field. Leah graduated from Penn State in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in media studies and kinesiology.
Post-collegiately Leah saw success on the roads and track. Leah won the Penn State Relays 3,000m in December 2012 and was second to Nike’s Geena Gall in the Elite Section of the Lodi Mile in March of 2013. She went on to compete at the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2013, winning gold for the USA team in the 3,000m and came in second to Kenya’s Lorna Chemtai in a 1500m race not affiliated with the Games.
After pursuing her passion for coaching at Lodi HS (Lodi, CA) and Syracuse University, Leah came to Flagstaff to continue her career and studies as a Graduate Assistant at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Leah was recently hired as the Assistant Track Coach at NAU and is working toward a master’s degree in educational leadership.
Personal Bests/Top Performances:
800m: 2:12 (Jesse Owens Classic, April 2008)
1500m: 4:24 (Big Ten Championships, May 2008)
Mile: 4:45 (Alex Wilson Invite, March, 2008)
3,000m: 9:43 (Penn State Relays, January 2013)
5,000m: 16:45 (Big Ten Championships, May 2008)
6K XC: 20:39 (NCAA D1 Regionals, 2007)