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Kaleigh Higgins

  • position Middle Distances
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Niskayuna, N.Y.
  • High school Niskayuna
  • position Middle Distances
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Niskayuna, N.Y.
  • High school Niskayuna

Kaleigh Higgins Bio

Woodrow Scholar
2014, 2015 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
2012-13 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll


Indoor: Ran in one race, the 55m hurdles at the USC Open (8.27).
Outdoor: Ran the 800 twice, with a top time and finish of 13th at the Bill Carson Invite (2:22.64)… also ran on the 4×400 team at Bill Carson, finishing third (4:00.05).

2014 Cross Country
Raced in three competitions, finishing top-30 in all of them… took 28th in the Carolina Invitational 5K, with a time of 21:26.67 (8/30)… crossed the line in 24th place at the USC Open #1 5K, in a time of 21:05.15… enjoyed her best finish of the season at the USC Open #2, ending up 15th with a time of 13:01.35 in the two-mile race (10/8).

Top 5K Time: 21:26.67

2013 Cross Country
Competed twice on the year … Posted her top 5K time of 21:22.40 in the Carolina Challenge to open the year … Ranked 18th overall in the Gamecock Invitational #1 (21:50.15).

2013 Track & Field
Indoor: Ran the 800m indoors on three occasions, posting her best time in the Armory Collegiate at 2:21.29 … Twice ran the third leg of the distance medley relay, helping the team post a time of 11:49.79 in the Armory Collegiate, the second-best time of the spring … Shifted to the 1500m outdoors, tallying her best time in her first race at the Hurricane Invite (4:54.23) … Finished third in that race and second in the Gamecock Open (4:56.36).

2012 Cross Country
Did not compete.

Earned letters in track, cross country and soccer at Niskayuna High School … Twice a member of the All-New York State Indoor team … 2012 Dunkin Donuts Regional Scholar-Athlete … 2012 Lynn Cleveland Track & Field Award … 2012 sectional champion in the 800m … Finished fourth in the 2011 NY State Indoor 600m … Three-time team MVP in both indoor and outdoor track … Two-time New Balance and Nike Nationals qualifier … A member of the National Honor Society … Given the Medal of Academic Excellence in 2012 … Earned the Swarthmore College book award in 2011 for finishing in the top five percent of her class … 2011 coaches and Warrior awards in soccer … Graduated with high honors and earned senior awards in math and language.

Majoring in exercise science with a Spanish minor … Chose South Carolina over Michigan and Rhode Island … Picked South Carolina because of the beauty of the history-filled campus, among other factors.