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A three-time North Central Conference champion and two-time All-American in the decathlon for North Dakota State in the mid-1980s, Leutz captured the league championship in 1983 as a sophomore with a then-league mark of 7,314 points and followed that up with titles in 1984 and 1985. He finished fourth in the nation in 1984 and seventh in the NCAAs in 1985.

His 7,637 points in the 1984 nationals set a school record, and that performance earned him a spot in the U.S. Olympic Trials at the Los Angeles Coliseum in the summer of 1984. He also captured decathlon championships at the Drake Relays and the Kansas Relays during his career.

He was such an outstanding competitor that he competed in the high hurdles, the intermediate hurdles, the long jump, the high jump, and the pole vault in addition to the decathlon in one NCC championship.

After graduating with a degree in business administration from NDSU, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., to work with Continental Airlines and moved to Bismarck, N.D., in 1992 to work for Northwest Airlines, where he continues to be employed. In addition, with his wife, Lori, he has started a small graphic design and Web development business.

A native of Minneapolis, he went to school in Hebron, N.D., where he was a standout in football, basketball and track, and won a state hurdles championship.