It takes a long time for athletes to get good enough to qualify for the Drake Relays. For some, it also takes a great distance.
Van Leersum is from Zaandam in the Netherlands, started his college career in California, before transferring to Drake as a junior in fall 2015. Since, he’s set a Drake record, won a conference championship and competed at the Drake Relays.
He’ll be competing at the Relays again on April 29, seeking his first medal at Drake’s preeminent event.