If you've been at the Penn Relays in the last few years, you've probably heard the name Nicole Leach a few times. She and her West Catholic teammates helped vault the school into national prominence, aided by their electric pink uniforms.
In 2004, Leach -- along with LaTavia Thomas (now a star at LSU), Knesha Sheard and Cierra Lawson -- set the Penn Relays Catholic League 4x400-meter relay record of 3:45.56. Leach ran the anchor leg in 52.8 seconds.
She also set a then-Penn Relays record in the 400m hurdles, 57.84 seconds, that year.
No surprise, then, that the Burrs made it to the 4x400, Championship of America race in 2004 and 2005.
When the time came to pick a college, Leach was drawn to Hollywood and chose UCLA. No surprise there. But the Bruins usually pick the Drake Relays over the Penn Relays, so the now-junior wasn't here in 2006 and 2007.
Her coach knew, though, that Leach wanted to come home for the final weekend in April. So this year, UCLA made the trip to Franklin Field.
I talked to Leach this afternoon about what it was like to come home, and about the legacy she and her teammates left at West Catholic.