NIU hopes to improve on last year's 11th place finish.
2014: Competed in every race for the Huskies...Raced Sept. 12 at the Forest Park Festival 5K (20:16), Oct. 4 at the Greater Louisville Classic 5K (19:43.99), Oct. 17 at the Bradley Classic 6K (23:18.4)...also helped the Huskies finish ninth at the MAC Championships (23:20) on Nov. 1...Had by far her best 6K time of the season at the NCAA Midwest Regional race (22:34.8) on Nov. 14.
2013:Competed at six meets as a freshman... Placed fifth at the NIU Open (9-6) with a time of 19:57.84... Posted her best 5K time of the season at the Illinois State Invitational (9-13), crossing the finish line at 19:08.81 to claim 16th place... Ran her best 6K time at the Bradley Classic (10-18) with a 22:58.00 clip to place 60th... Took 88th place at the MAC Championships (11-2) with a time of 24:13.32.
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 & 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.