Women's Cross Country

    Leah Gaeta
    Leah  Gaeta

    RS Senior

    Palo Alto, Calif.

    High School:
    Palo Alto Senior



    At USC: Leah Gaeta enters her final year on the USC cross country team...2011: Redshirted due to injury...2010: Among USC runners, finished second twice, third once and fourth once during the season...Set a 6K PR of 21:52.9 in finishing 12th overall and third among Trojans to help USC place third at the CS Northridge Invitational on Oct. 16...Earned the Coach's Award for Fall of 2010...Named honorable mention to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. 2009: Was USC's third finisher at the UC Irvine Invitational with a time of 18:50.80 as the Trojans placed fifth with its top four runners being separated by 3.6 seconds....Went back home to compete in Palo Alto at the Stanford Invitational and placed 116th as USC's sixth finisher with a time of 23:31...Had a season-best 20th-place finish and a time of 18:44 to help lead USC to the team title at the Vanuard Invitational on Oct. 10...Was USC's eighth finisher at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 22:43.78 on Oct. 30...2008: Had a solid first season as a Trojan, being one of the top seven Trojans at every meet in which she competed...Had a best 6K of 22:05.90 to place 14th at the Pepperdine Invitational which the Trojans won on Oct. 4...Also helped USC win the CS Bakersfield Invitational with a 5K PR of 18:04.40 on Oct. 17...Also ran on the track team in the spring with a best time of 4:44.30 in the 1500m.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Gaeta is a 2008 graduate of Palo Alto Senior High in Palo Alto, Calif...Was a three-sport star in high school, competing in cross country, track and soccer...Only ran cross country her senior year (2007) and was selected to the All-League team...Was Palo Alto's top finisher in her first race with a time of 14:26 on the 2.2 mile course...Finished eighth at the Palo Alto City Championships with a time of 13:54 on a 2.2 mile course...Ran 2:22.96 at the De Anza League Finals to take fourth place...Was her high school's 2008 MVP in track and field...Ran PRs of 1:01.00 in the 400m, 2:19:.34 in the 800m, 5:20 in the mile and 20:00 in the 5K...Was a midfielder/forward on the soccer team and was the team's captain as a senior.

    PERSONAL: Leah was born on Sept. 18, 1990 in La Jolla, Calif...Her mother's name is Laura Lehman and Leah has three siblings, Julia, Penny and Helena...Her grandfather received a football scholarship to USC, but hurt his back before enrolling...Her mother was a synchronized swimmer at Bucknell...Favorite pastimes outside of running are following Major League Baseball, reading and pilates...Lists her favorite food as paella...Says she would like to visit Australia...Lists her favorite MLB team as the San Francisco Giants and favorite band as the Dave Matthews Band...Lists Jessica Lundin as her sports hero for never failing to push and motivate her...Earned a B.S. degree in Human Biology with an emphasis in Applied Physiology in May of 2012...Is a member of the Dean's List, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society...Is in graduate school and is interested in research.