June 17, 2014 - by
Leander McKenzie Bio

  Leander McKenzie
Leander McKenzie

Hall of Fame Class:
2002 (Track and Field)

Former Godby High School track star Leander McKenzie set the pace in high school and was listed as the top hurdler in the nation and held the state’s fastest time in the 800. At Florida State, Leander was listed as the number one junior hurdler in the world and captured Metro Conference titles in high hurdles, the intermediate hurdles and one as a member of Florida State’s 1,600-meter relay team. The relay team placed 12th at the NCAA Championship and as an individual, Leander became a national qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles. McKenzie also took titles at the USA Junior National Championship and the Junior Pan American Games. In 1984, Leander was listed as the 10th best intermediate hurdler in the United States and ran his personal best at the Olympic trials. He placed fourth and picked up points in the 110 hurdles with an 11th place finish. One of the most exciting moments of his career came when McKenzie’s 4 x 400 meter hurdle relay team set a world record at the Domino’s Pizza Relays. McKenzie never lost an individual Metro Conference race and was a six-time All-American in the 400 hurdles and the 4×400. He was the only Metro athlete to win four consecutive MVP honors. Leander’s school record in the 400 hurdles that he set at the USA Championship held for 10 years until it was broken in 1995.


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