Leander Ernest
Leander Ernest


Castries, St. Lucia

Last College:
Sir Arthur Lewis CC


•'08 NCAA Outdoor Qualifier (800m)
•'07 NCAA Outdoor Qualifier (800m)
•'08 MVC Indoor Champion (800m, distance medley relay)
•'08 MVC Outdoor Champion (400m, 4x400m relay)
•'07 MVC Indoor Champion (400m)
•'07 MVC Outdoor Champion (4x400m relay)
•'08 All-Mideast Region (Outdoor 800m)
•'07 All-Mideast Region (Outdoor 800m)
•'08 All-MVC (Indoor 800m, 4x400m relay, distance medley relay)
•'08 All-MVC (Outdoor 200m, 400m, 4x400m relay)
•'07 All-MVC (Indoor 400m, 4x400m relay)
•'07 All-MVC (Outdoor 800m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay)

At Missouri State:
Leander Ernest will look to make a third-straight appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800-meter run....2008: Ernest placed 19th in the 800-meter run at the NCAA National Championships....Finished in fifth-place in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Mideast Region Championships, qualifying for nationals and earning All-Region honors....Won the 600-yard run at the Missouri Invitational and the 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay at the Kansas State Wildcat Invitational....Finished in fourth place in the 800-meter run at the Razorback Invitational....Placed seventh at the Indiana Relays in the 400-meter dash....Set a personal-best time of 2:07.90 in finishing sixth in the 800-meter run at the Iowa State Classic....Took the MVC Indoor Championship 800-meter run and the distance medley relay....Placed seventh at the Iowa State Last Chance in the 800-meter run....Won the 400-meter dash elite at the Missouri Relays....Finished second in the 400-meter dash at the Big Bear Invitational....Finished 1-2-3 at the Kansas Relays, winning the 800-meter run, placing second in the 4x100 meter relay and third in the 4x400 meter relay....Came in seventh in the 800-meter run at the Drake Relays....Placed fourth in the 200-meter dash at the Arkansas Twilight....Won the MVC Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter dash and the 4x400 meter relay....Finished second at the MVC Outdoor Championships in the 200-meter dash....Set personal-bests in the 200- and 400-meter dash at the MVC Outdoor Championships with times of 24.10 and 53.57 seconds, respectively....Named MVC Athlete of the Week three times (1/29, 2/19, 4/23)....2007: Ernest received indoor All-MVC recognition in the 400m and 4x400-meter relay....At the MVC Indoor Championships, she took a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.91, beating her nearest competitor by more than a second....She ran the second leg of the Bears' 4x400-meter relay team that finished third at the MVC Indoor Championships in a time of 3:49.74....Ernest had four top-five finishes in the 400-meter dash during the indoor season and claimed first in the 800m (2:11.76) at the University of Illinois Health Alliance Classic, good for third on MSU's all-time top performance list for the indoor 800m....She turned in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 54.38 in the 400-meter dash at the indoor Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, which ranks fifth all-time at MSU in the indoor 400m....In the outdoor season, Ernest was named MVC Female Track Athlete of the Week four times....She ran a regional qualifying time of 54.48 in the 400-meter run at the SIU Spring Classic....She won the 200-meter dash with an MVC-leading 24.62 and 800-meter run time of 2:11.52 at the Missouri Relays....At the MVC Outdoor Championships, Ernest took second place in 800-meter run with a 2:12.74, helped the 4x400-meter relay team to a first-place finish, and helped the 4x100-meter relay team qualify for NCAA regional competition....She earned outdoor all-conference honors in the 800m, 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay....At the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, Ernest set a new personal best of 2:06.33 in the 800-meter run on the first day, but finished seventh overall with a time of 2:09.05, good enough to earn an at-large bid as the Bears' lone representative at the national meet; her opening-round performance just missed the Missouri State outdoor record of 2:06.30, held by Augustina Charles....Competed in the preliminary round in 800-meter run at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., finishing sixth in her heat and 18th overall with a run of 2:07.57....Received MVC Athlete of the Week honors five times (1/16, 2/6, 3/27, 4/3, 5/8)....Background: Ernest was twice named Sports Woman of the Year in her home country of St. Lucia....She set the 800-meter indoor national record for St. Lucia (2:07.90) at Iowa State....She was a four-time competitor for St. Lucia at the Carifta Games, where she took sixth in the 800 meters (2:15.60) and fourth in the 400 meters (56.60) in 2005....Personal: Leander Ernest was born February 17, 1987, in Castries, St. Lucia....Daughter of Herman William and Maura Nelson.

Missouri State Career Bests for Ernest

200m (indoor)
200m (outdoor)
400m (indoor)
400m (outdoor)
600yd (indoor)
800m (indoor)
800m (outdoor)

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