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MELISSA DeLEON
  • Middle Distance
  • Senior
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies (Arima Government Secondary)

CAREER VICTORIES: 2

PERSONAL RECORDS
INDOORS

200m: 26.08 - 2000 Florida Intercollegiates, Gainesville, Fla.
400m: 55.50- 2000 Florida Intercollegiates, Gainesville, Fla.
800m: 2:08.85- 2001 Gator Invitational, Gainesville, Fla.
OUTDOORS
400m: 55.00- 1999 Seminole Twilight, Tallahassee, Fla.
800m: 2:04.43- 2002 SEC Championships, Starkville, Miss.
1500m: 4:31.65 - 2002 Auburn Bank Invitational, Auburn, Ala.

HONORS: (Two-time NCAA All-American) 2002 Indoor NCAA All-American - 800m and DMR

2002 AS A SENIOR: Bests of 2:04.43 (800m) and 4:37.47 (1500m)... Competed in 11 meets (four indoor, seven outdoor)... Fourth in the NCAA Championships 800m final at 2:05.69... Top qualifier for the finals of the 800m at the SEC Championship, second in the finals with a personal best and automatic qualifying time of 2:04.43... Set a personal best in the 1500m at the Auburn Bank Invitational...Set a provisional qualifying mark in the 800m (2:05.08) with a personal best time at the Sun Angel Classic...Finished second in the 800m at the Gatorade Classic... Won the 1500m (4:37.47) at the FSU Relays...Earned All-American status in the DMR and the 800m a t the NCAA Championships... 4th in the 800m at the SEC Championships... Automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with 2:05.69 in the 800m at the SEC East Challenge... Finished second in the 800m at the Florida Intercollegiates.

2002 Wins: (o): FSU Relays 1500m (4:37.47); (i): SEC Championships 800m (2:06.91).

2001 AS A JUNIOR: Best of 2:06.84 (800m)... Competed in 11 meets (four indoors, seven outdoors)... Top Florida finisher in the 800m at the Reebok Invitational, fifth overall... Top qualifier for the finals of the 800m at the SEC Championships, second in the finals to teammate Nona Allen with a provisional qualifying time of 2:06.84, personal best... Ran the third leg of the winning 4x800m relay team at the Penn Relays (with Ka. Bratton, Kr. Bratton and Merten)... Fourth at the Gator Twi-Light 800m (2:11.33)... Ran 2:12.59 at the Sea Ray Relays...Third in the 800m at the Florida Challenge... Ran on the winning distance medley relay team at the Florida Relays... Fourth in the 800m at the SEC Indoor Championships with a time of 2:10.04... Provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships with a personal best of 2:08.85 in the 800m at the Gator Invitational... Fourth in the 800m at the SEC Quad in Arkansas... Finished fourth in the 800m at the Florida Intercollegiates with a time of 2:13.19.

2000 AS A SOPHOMORE: Bests of 26.08 (200m), 57.73 (400m) and 2:10.25 (800m) (2:10.88 indoors)... Competed in 13 meets (Five Indoor, Eight Outdoor)... 11th in the SEC Outdoor Championships 800m preliminaries, 2:12.37 - did not advance to the finals... Second in the Penn Relays 4x800m (Second leg with Merten, Bratton and a Grizzle), 8:39.32 (2:10.9 split); also sixth in the Distance Medley Relay (800m leg with Grizzle, Evans and Merten), (2:07 split time) 11:11.80 - Florida Record... 17th in the Mt. SAC Relays 800m, 2:12.17... Fourth in the Florida Relays with the 1600m Sprint Medley Relay "B" team (Fourth leg with Takydra Robinson, Thompson and Ward), 4:02.81; 14th in the collegiate 400m, 58.73... Sixth in the SEC Indoor Championships 800m, 2:11.15.

1999 AS A FRESHMAN: Bests of 58.23 (400m) and 2:10.17 (800m)... 15th in the preliminaries of the SEC Outdoor Championships 800m, 2:14.78... Sixth in the Florida Relays invitational 800m, 2:13.33.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Won the 800m at the 1998 CARIFTA Games with a personal best and meet record time of 2:06.83... 400m Junior National Champion in 1996 with record time of 54.69... 1998 High School Champion in the 800m and 400m with record times of 2:09.16 and 55.00...Placed second in the 800m at the 1998 Central American & Caribbean Games...She was a 1998 representative of the World Junior Games in France...She was part of the most outstanding track club in Trinidad.

PERSONAL: Born on April 9, 1981... Parents are Vernon and Monica DeLeon... A 1997 graduate of Arima Government Secondary... Has two siblings Marlon, 20, who attends school at Ohio State and Maurice who is nine... Enjoys swimming, singing and listening to music... Also considered Auburn, LSU, Ohio State and UNLV.

MAJOR: Health Science Education


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