Appreciate this thread -- Leer is an athlete I have enjoyed watching. A good competitor, a straightforward speaker about his performances and the sport when I have heard him in interviews. I also appreciate anyone who comes up to the national level from D3.
I really appreciated his 3k/mile double at USATF indoor. I know the field was minimal in the 3k, but he and Ben Bruce really went at it competitively, and I think that speaks well of Leer's (and Bruce's) commitment to competing. And Leer's comeback win in the mile was fun to watch. He really had to work for that.
Definitely impressed with his 13:21. 15 second PB. Had someone else in that field been up for running a steady pace and going for sub-13:20, I'm sure Leer would have been there.
He's a very good 1500/mile guy on the national level, but I have always hoped he would consider moving up to 5k. In college he did 1500/mile and 5k. I know that was at a less intensely competitive level, but he has some experience there. I think he could be a 5k runner at a higher level than he is as a miler. I hope he at least gets into one more fast 5k this Spring.
In any case, I appreciate his commitment to competing -- he looks as though he really enjoys the sport.