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  • Distance
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  • Jacksonville, Fla. (Stanton College Preparatory)



800m: 2:13.08 - 1999 ACC-SEC Challenge, Gainesville, Fla.
Mile: 4:44.76 - 2001 Gator Invitational, Gainesville, Fla.
3000m: 9:40.12 - 2002 SEC Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.
800m: 2:06.00- 2001 Gator Twi-Light, Gainesville, Fla.
1500m: 4:22.49- 2001 SEC Championships, Columbia, S.C.
3000m: 9:48.01 - 2000 SEC Quad, Auburn, Ala.
5000m: 18:41.03- 1999 SEC Outdoor Championships, Athens, Ga.

HONORS: (Three-time NCAA All-American; Three-Time SEC Academic Honor Roll, One Time All-SEC; One Time Penn Relays MVP) 2002 SEC Academic Honor Roll; 2002 Indoor All-American - DMR; 2002 All- SEC - Mile; 2001 Outdoor NCAA All-American - 800m; 2001 SEC Academic Honor Roll; 2001 Penn Relays MVP; 2001 Indoor NCAA All-American - Distance Medley Relay; 2000 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2002 AS A SENIOR: Bests of 9:40.12 (3000m)... Competed in seven meets (all indoors)... Redshirted the outdoor season to recover from a stress fracture... All-American honors in the DMR (11:24.34) at the NCAA Championships... Fifth in the mile (4:45.15) at the NCAA Championships... Ninth at the Fast Times Qualifier in the 800m (2:17.23)... Finished third in the DMR and fourth in the 3000m (9:40.12, her personal best) at the SEC Championships... All-SEC honors for her first place finish in the preliminaries of the mile (4:54.01) at the SEC Championships... Finished fourth in the mile final at the SEC Championships... 10th in the 800m at the Gator Invitational... First in the mile with a provisional qualifying time of 4:44.90 at the SEC East Challenge... Third in the 3000m (9:44.55) at the Virginia Tech Invitational.

2002 Wins (3): (i):SEC Championship preliminaries and finals of the mile (4:54.01 and 4:46.89); SEC East Challenge mile (4:44.90).

2001 AS A JUNIOR: Bests of 2:06.00 (800m), 4:22.49 (1,500m), 4:44.76 (mile) and 10:01.32b (3,000m)... Competed in 15 meets (six indoors, nine outdoors)... Finished sixth in the 800m at the NCAA Championships (2:06.68) to earn her first individual All-America award... Seventh in the 800m at the Reebok Invitational, 2:07.68... Second in the finals of the 1,500m at the SEC Championships with a provisional qualifying time and a personal best of 4:22.49... Seventh in the finals of the 800m at the SEC Championships... Named MVP of the Penn Relays after anchoring the sprint medley (with A. Robinson, Benjamin and Rein) and the 4x800m (with Ka. Bratton, Kr. Bratton and DeLeon) relays to wins... Finished third in the 800m with an improved provisional time in the 800m at the Gator Twi-Light (2:06.26)... Sixth at the Sea Ray Relays 1,500m (4:25.29)... Won the SEC Triangular 800m with a provisional time of 2:07.37... Earned All-America with the Distance Medley Relay team at the NCAA Indoor Championships (with Kamille Bratton, A. Robinson and Allen) Fourth in the mile at the SEC Indoor Championships, eighth in the 3,000m... Ran the anchor leg of the provisionally qualifying distance medley relay team at the Tyson Invitational (with Kamille Bratton, Rein and Allen)... Provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships with a personal best of 4:44.76 in the mile at the Gator Invitational... Finished second in both the mile (4:50.00b) and the 3,000m (10:01.32b) at the SEC Quad in Arkansas.

2001 Wins (3): (i) Gator Invitational mile (4:44.76); (o) Florida Challenge 1,500m (4:26.08), SEC Triangular 800m (2:07.37).

2000 AS A SOPHOMORE: Bests of 4:29.00 (1500m), 4:45.52 (Mile) and 9:48.01 (3000m)... Competed in 13 meets (Seven Indoors, Six Outdoors)... SEC Academic Honor Roll... 10th in the preliminaries of the SEC outdoor Championships 1500m, 4:40.35 - did not advance to the finals... Second in the Penn Relays 4x800m Relay (Leadoff leg with DeLeon, Bratton and Grizzle), 8:39.32 (2:08.5 split); also sixth with the Distance Medley Relay squad (1600m leg with Grizzle, Evans and DeLeon), 11:11.80 (4:49.2 split) - Florida record... Florida Relays champion in the Distance Medley Relay (Leadoff leg with Evans, Bratton and Grizzle), 11:20.96; and with the 4x800m (Third leg with Bratton, Evans and Grizzle), 8:38.60... 11th at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the Distance Medley Relay (1600m leg with Allen, Evans and Grizzle)... Sixth in the SEC Indoor Championships Mile, 4:58.21; second with the Distance Medley Relay squad (1200m leg with Thompson, Allen and Grizzle), 11:39.19... Provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with the Distance Medley Relay (11:20.48b).

2000 Wins (10): (i) Florida Intercollegiates (1/16) 3000m: 9:57.62; SEC Quad (1/22) DMR (4): 11:25.70, Mile: 4:51.65; Fast Times Invitational (3/2) Mile: 4:45.52; (o) Florida Relays (3/24) DMR: 11:20.96, (3/25) 4x800m: 8:38.60; SEC Quad (4/1) 1500m: 4:32.52, 3000m: 9:48.01; SEC Tri-Meet (4/8) 1500m: 4:41.08, 4x400m: 3:46.90.

1999 AS A FRESHMAN: Bests of 2:09.63 (800m), 4:30.67 (1500m), 4:55.87 (Mile), 9:54.11 (3000m) and 18:41.03 (5000m)... Eighth in the SEC Outdoor Championships 1500m, 4:31.64... Penn Relay Champion with the 4x800m Relay team (Third leg with Allen, Grizzle and Clark), 8:24.65... Florida Relays champion with the 4x1600m team, 19:48.48... Sixth in the SEC Indoor Championships Mile, 4:58.01.

1999 Wins (4): (o) Florida Relays (3/26) 4x1600m: 19:48.48; SEC Quad (4/17) 1500m: 4:30.67; USTCA Challenge (5/3) 1500m: 4:34.45; Seminole Twilight (5/8) 1500m: 2:09.63.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: The first state champion ever from Stanton High in Jacksonville, Fla...Was the 1996 97 state champion in 1600m (4:59.66)...holds school records in the 800m (2:15), 1600 (4:59.66), 3200m (11:00.01) in track as well as the 2 mile and 3 mile cross country events.

PERSONAL: Born October 23, 1979... Parents are Tom and Ila Rae Merten... Has one brother, Jonathan... A 1998 Florida Times Union top ten student athlete for Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia... Recipient of the International Baccalaureate Diploma...Served as an Olympic Torchbearer for the 1996 Olympics...Bright Futures Scholarship recipient... Independent Order of Foresters Scholarship recipient.

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