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UALR Names Director of Athletic Development

Director of Athletics Chris Peterson has announced former UALR student-athlete and four-time Little Rock Marathon winner Leah Thorvilson as the Department of Athletics’ new Director of Development.
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Director of Athletics Chris Peterson has announced former UALR student-athlete and four-time Little Rock Marathon winner Leah Thorvilson as the Department of Athletics’ new Director of Development. A cross country and track and field standout for the Trojans from 1999-2002, Thorvilson was a two-time All-South Central Region and two-time All-Sun Belt Conference honoree.

“We’re thrilled to have Leah as our new Director of Development,” said Peterson. “She has always been part of the Trojan family, and we’re proud to now have her as a part of the Department of Athletics.”

Thorvilson was named the Women’s Outstanding Performer at the 2002 Sun Belt Championships after placing first individually and leading the team to its second-straight Sun Belt Championship. She went on to place 11th at the 2002 NCAA South Central Regional Championships and helped lead UALR to a fifth-place finish. Both her individual finish and the team’s finish at the 2002 NCAA South Central Regional Championships still stand as the top finishes in school history. She served as an assistant cross country coach at UALR from 2003-04.

“I’m happy to be coming back as part of the Trojan family,” said Thorvilson. “I look forward to getting back to college athletics and helping grow UALR’s Department of Athletics.”

A native of Robbinsdale, Minn., Thorvilson’s career has become even more decorated since graduating in 2003. In addition to four Little Rock Marathon titles, she competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials and ran the fourth-fastest 50-mile time ever recorded for an American woman at the 2012 Frisco Railroad Run 50 Mile Race in Willard, Mo. She holds course records at 17 race sites, including the Little Rock Marathon, Frisco 50 Miler, Lost Dutchman Marathon, Tallahassee Marathon and Great Cranberry Island 50K.

Thorvilson graduated from UALR in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and minor in health and exercise science. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was named to the UALR Dean’s List. She has served on the Board of Directors for the UALR Trojan Lettermen’s Association and currently serves as head of the Train for the Cure Program for Little Rock’s Race for the Cure.

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