Oct. 4, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. -- When Leah Vaughn is not putting in 60-mile weeks to train for cross country or in the classroom working towards her degree in mathematics education, she can be found working on various projects for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Vaughn, a redshirt junior, is in her third year as a SAAC member. While serving on the committee, she has helped to resolve issues that her teammates may have with athletic policies, as well as organize multiple community service projects.
One of the main projects that Vaughn has helped orchestrate is the Athletes with Talent show. This year will mark the fifth year of the production. Athletes with Talent showcases student-athletes in various sports who posses other gifts, such as instrumental or theatrical acts.
This year, Athletes with Talent will be held on Oct. 24 at 7:30 at Stewart Theater. All proceeds will go to Kids Café, which is an after-school program that offers tutoring, nutrition education, mentoring, and nutritious meals to children who are at risk of hunger. Tickets can be purchased for three dollars at Case Dining Hall beginning Oct. 17, or for five dollars at the door.
Aside from working on Athletes with Talent and other SAAC events this fall, Vaughn has been busy training for the cross country season, which began three weeks ago.
In the season-opening adidas Cross Country Challenge, Vaughn ran a personal-best time of 18:30.7 for the 5,000m course, good for 19th place. She traveled to Minnesota a week later and was the eighth runner for the Pack. As far as her goals for the season, Vaughn hopes to continue improving.
"I want to contribute more; to score points and be more of a presence on the team," she said. After achieving a lifetime-best in her first race of the season, Vaughn shouldn't have too much trouble accomplishing that.
Next up for Vaughn will be either the Wisconsin adidas Invitational or the Tribe Open at William & Mary, both of which will take place the weekend of Oct. 14.
Vaughn is a member of the NC State track team as well, and owns collegiate-bests of 5:15.95 for the indoor mile and 4:40.59 for the outdoor 1,500m. Also active in the classroom, she is a scholar-athlete and has been named to the ACC honor roll multiple times.