Latesha Bigby scores three finishes of seventh or better
2013-14:Indoor- Ran distance at five meets during the indoor season... Won the 3000 meters at the Ball State Quadrangular (2/21) with a personal-best time of 10:21.11... Broke her PR in the 5000 meters at the Indiana Relays (2/1) with a 17:49.18 clip... Finished 18th at the MAC Championships (2/28) in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:58.72... Posted a 3000 meters time of 10:23.40 at the Illini Classic. Outdoor-Ran the 5000 meters at three meets... Set a new PR at the Raleigh Relays (3/28) with a time of 17:36.19... Took eighth at the Chicagoland Championships (4/11) at 17:58.96... Ran 17:50.30 at the Hillsdale Gina Relays (4/24), placing 14th.
2012-13:Indoor- Competed in three different events at five meets during the indoor season... Posted a season-best 3000 meters time of 10:33.70 at the Jack Johnson Classic (1/19)... Crossed the finish line at 18:16.59 in the Indiana Relays (1/26) 5000 meters to finish ninth... Made her collegiate debut at the Illini Open (1/12), where she ran a 5:15.97 in the mile... Finished fourth in the 3000 meters at the Ball State Quadrangular (2/15).Outdoor- Ran at four outdoor meets... Finished second in the 3000 meters at the Bulls Invitational (3/15) with a time of 10:18.91... Notched a 17:56.54 mark at the Huskie Open (4/20) to finish ninth... Earned a fifth-place finish in the 5000 meters at the Sea Ray Relays with a time of 18:20.83.
High School:Named to the Illinois all-state cross country team following her senior season... Took 14th-place at the Class 3A state cross country meet with a career-best time of 17:13.00... Took 26th place at the 2010 Illinois Class 3A State Cross Country Championship, just missing out on all-state honors... Won the Northern Illinois Conference 10 individual championship during the 2010 and 2011 seasons... Also qualified for the state cross country meet as a sophomore... Earned first team all-conference recognition each of her four years with the Huskies... Awarded the cross country team's MVP honor each of her four years at Harlem... Holds three school records (3-mile cross country, 3200 meters, 4x800 relay)... Ranked as the sixth-best senior in Illinois among all classes... Earned Illinois State Scholar recognition and boasts a 4.0 GPA.
Personal:Born Nov. 6, 1993 in Rockford, Ill... Daughter of David and Marla Raffety... Majors in pre-physical therapy... Volunteers at Rockford Memorial Hospital... Enjoys reading and biking.