The NIU track & field team headed down to Texas April 12 for the UTEP Invitational (Credit: Jorge Salgado)
2015-16: Indoor-Competed in four meets... Qualified for the MAC Championships (2/26) in the 5,000 meters... Set a personal record in the 3,000 meters at the GVSU Big Meet (2/12) and in the 5K with a season-best fourth-place finish at Jack Johnson (1/30)... Earned a place on the Academic All-MAC Team and named a MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete. Outdoor- Raced five times for NIU... Scored at the MAC Championships (5/13) with an eighth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplchase and a personal record in the event of 10:51.32... Also set a PR in the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/15)... Earned three top-10 finishes, showing signficant improvement throughout the campaign... Honored as Academic All-MAC for the fourth time in her collegiate career. 2014-15: Indoor- Ran various distance events at five indoor meets...Set personal records in the mile, 3K and 5K...Finished fourth in the 5K at the Fred Wilt Invitational (2/14) with a time of 18:43.96...Also nabbed a top-10 finish with a 3K PR at the Gene Edmonds Cup (1/10). Outdoor- Competed in four outdoor meets...Posted personal records in the 1,500, the 3,000 steeplechase and the 5K...Finished sixth in the 3K steeplechase at the Big Blue Classic (4/4) with a time of 11:15.86, qualifying for the MAC meet...At the MAC Championships (5/15), finished 14th in the steeplechase...Also earned top-10 finishes in the 1,500 at the Billiken Kickoff (3/20) with a PR of 4:54.41 and in the 5K at the Bobcat Invitational (3/27) with a PR of 18:15.18.
2013-14: Indoor-Ran at two indoor meets... Placed sixth in the 5000 meters at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational (1/25), crossing the finish line at 18:51.91... Ran 10:52.91 in the 3000 meters at the Illini Classic (1/18) to claim 18th place. Outdoor-Competed at five meets... Placed third in the 3000 steeplechase at the Wisconsin Open (5/10) with a season-best time of 11:48.03... Took eighth in the 3000 meters at the Blue Demon Invitational (4/19), clocking in at 10:43.39... Posted a time of 5:09.07 in the 1500 meters of the UTEP Invitational (4/12) to finish ninth.
High School: Four-time state cross country meet qualifier and three-time conference champion with Normal Community High School... Four-time all-conference selection with the Ironmen... Ranked as the 12th-best senior among all classes in 2012... Holds Normal Community's school record in three mile cross country with a time of 17:15... Placed 28th at the 2012 Illinois Class 3A State Cross Country Championship, crossing the finish line at 17:15... Won the Class 3A Normal Sectional cross country meet with a time of 17:36... Took 12th place at the Illinois state track a field championships in the 1600 meters... Earned third place finishes in the 1600 meters and 4x800 relay at the BIG 12 Indoor Conference Championships as a junior... Claimed a second place finish in the 3200 meters at the conference outdoor meet for the Ironmen... Named the team's cross country MVP each of the past four seasons... Member of the National Honor Society and high honor roll selection each year at NCHS.
Personal: Born Nov. 10, 1994, in Bloomington, Ill... Daughter of Curtis and Nancy Pederson... Plans on majoring in pre-medicine.