WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber finished an illustrious career in track for Purdue as the Boilermakers’ top long jumper in the school’s history.
Eber’s name has filled both the indoor and outdoor seasons’ record books, including four Big Ten Titles in the long jump. She was recently named Second-team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association along with teammate Dani Bunch.
Eber just missed first team honors with a ninth-place finish and a jump of 6.30m (20 feet, 8 inches) in last week’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last week. First-team All-America was given to first through eighth place.
She had the nation’s 13th best jump heading into the championships and despite the disadvantage, was able to qualify for the final round by posting a distance of 20 feet, eight inches.
In the final round, Eber was stuck at 20-8 to give her the ninth-place finish. The gold medalist, Whitney Gipson of TCU won with a lep of 22 feet, 4.25 inches.
She finished third in the same event during the indoor season to make the All-America team. Eber was named as the Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
As a sophomore Eber tied the Boilermakers’ indoor record in the long jump at 20 feet, 5.25 inches and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. She took third in the indoor conference championships and second in the outdoor competition in 2010.
Her best time in the 60-meter dash was 7.68. She ran a 12.23 in the 100 and a 25.18 in the 200-meter dash.
She graduated from Purdue with a degree in apparel and design technology.