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ELIANA LOPEZ
  • Senior (Junior Eligibility)
  • Distance
  • Boca Raton, Fla. (Spanish River HS)

CAREER VICTORIES: 1
PERSONAL RECORDS
INDOORS

1000m: 2:58.92b - 2000 PSU Qualifier, State College, Pa.
Mile: 5:06.54 - 2000 Fast Times Invitational, Gainesville, Fla.
3000m: 10:35.78 - 2000 SEC Quad, Gainesville, Fla.
5000m: 17:55.75 - 2001 Gator Invitational, Gainesville, Fla.
OUTDOORS
1500m: 4:43.33- 2001 Gator Twi-Light, Gainesville, Fla.
3000m: 10:19.53- 2001 Sea Ray Relays, Knoxville, Tenn.
5000m: 17:39.18- 1999 SEC Quad, Baton Rouge, La.
10,000m: 38:45.86- 2001 SEC Championships, Columbia, S.C.

HONORS: (Two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll) 2001 SEC Academic Honor Roll; 2000 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2001 AS A JUNIOR: Bests of 4:43.33 (1,500m), 5:07.88 (Mile), 10:53.38 (3,000m), 17:55.75 (5,000m) and 38:45.86 (10,000m)... Competed in 10 meets (six indoors, four outdoors)... Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll distinction... 10th in the 10,000m at the SEC Championships with a personal best 38:45.86... 10th at the Gator Twi-Light 1,500m with a personal best time of 4:43.33... 12th in the Sea Ray Relays 3,000m with a time of 10:19.53, a new personal best... First career win came at the SEC Triangular with a 17:39.18, personal best in the 5,000m... Ninth in the mile at the Nike Fast Times Meet (Feb. 28)... Did not finish the 5,000m at the SEC Indoor Championships... 10th at the Tyson Invitational mile... Finished third overall in the 5,000m at the Gator Invitational with a personal best time of 17:55.75...Finished fifth in the mile and fourth in the 5,000m at the SEC Quad in Arkansas... 13th in the mile (5:19.92) and 15th in the 3,000 (10:53.38) at the Florida Intercollegiates.

2001 Wins (1): (o) SEC Triangular 5000m (17:39.18.

2000 CROSS COUNTRY: Competed in six meets with two Top 10 finishes... Finished 67th at the NCAA South Region Championships with a time of 23:0.81... Was the sixth Gator and 45th overall finisher at the SEC Championships with a time of 23:23.32... Finished fifth for the team and 57th overall with a time of 19:24.00 at the Furman Invitational... Was the 15th overall finisher with a time of 23:30.56 in her first 6k race, the Gator Invitational... Finished in the Top 10 for the second consecutive week with a time of 19:13.36, placing her seventh... Posted her second career Top 10 finish with a time of 19:33.38, good enough for ninth place at the Nike Twi-Light Invitational.

2000 AS A SOPHOMORE: Bests of 2:58.92b (1000m), 4:50.72 (1500m), 5:10.27 (Mile), 10:27.33 (3000m) and 18:09.61 (5000m) (18:29.96 outdoors)... Competed in 11 meets (Six Indoors, Five Outdoors)... 12th in the SEC Outdoor Championships 3000m, 10:27.33 - Personal Best; 17th in the 5000m, 18:29.96 - Outdoor Personal Best... 19th in the Florida Relays 5000m, 18:58.35... Competed at the SEC Indoor Championships in the 5000m, did not finish.

1999 CROSS COUNTRY: Competed in seven meets...Placed seventh for the Gators and 248th overall at the NCAA Championships in 20:16.00...Finished seventh for the Gators and 82nd overall at the NCAA South Region in 18:51.03; went on the trip as the alternate but was pressed into service when Shannon Burcham's back tightened up on her...Finished eighth for the Gators and 52nd overall at her first SEC Championships in 19:53.60... Has a top time of 19:01.14 at the Gator Invitational (13th place)... Competed for the first time with the traveling squad at the Crimson Classic, finishing 32nd (19:32.31)... Earned her first top-10 finish at the Nike Twi-Light, setting PR's for place and time by finishing 10th in 19:56.95.

1999 AS A FRESHMAN: Bests of 4:45.40 (1500m), 10:41.90 (3000m) and 18:48.34 (5000m)... Competed at the SEC Outdoor meet in the 10,000m and 5,000m, did not finish... Did not compete indoors.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Placed second in the 800m at the 1997 Regional Championships...Spanish River High School won Cross Country State Champions in 1997...Placed third in state in the 4 x 800m relay in 1996 and 97...Set her personal best time in the 800m (2:19) at the 1997 Districts...Sun Sentinel's Scholastic Athlete of the Year in 1996 and 97 and the 1997 Army-Navy Academic Athlete of the Year...All-county and all-region in cross country and track and field... She was also a cheerleader.

PERSONAL: Born January 16, 1979...Parents are Enrique and Vesna Lopez... Has two brothers, Nicolas and Roberto... Homecoming queen at Spanish River... Freshman class president, secretary and senator of the student council... Has made the Dean's list in both her freshman and sophomore years at Florida... Made the honor roll in high school all four years...Member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society...She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of Florida.

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