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Debbie Cardenas
  Debbie Cardenas


Jefferson City, Mo.

High School:
Jefferson City HS



Sophomore - 1999-2000: (Cross Country) Competed in all six races . . . scored for the Hurricane in all six meets . . . clocked in with a time of 18:32.0 at the District V Championships for her fastest five-kilometer mark of the season . . . top finish came in the first meet of the season when she placed sixth at the Hurricane Festival . . . named to the WAC all-academic team for the second straight year. (Indoor) had second best time on the squad for the 3,000m and the 5,000m . . . was a member of the record setting distance medley team at the WAC Championships. (Outdoor) shaved off nearly 10 seconds on her 1500m time, with her career-best performance at the Emporia State Twilight Qualifier . . . improved her 3,000m personal-best time by 17 seconds at the Tyson Invitational . . . named to the WAC all-academic team for the second straight year.

Freshman - 1998-99: (Cross Country) Competed in all six races . . . recorded TU?s second-fastest time on four occasions . . . had a time of 18:21.0 at the Arkansas Chile Pepper Invitational for her best 5K of the season . . . opened her collegiate career by finishing second at the Hurricane Festival. (Indoor) Posted her best mile time of the season with a 5:07.50 at the Oklahoma Sooner Classic . . . clocked in with a time of 10:21.35 at the Smith Barney Invitational for her fastest 3000m mark of the year . . . began the season by running a time of 10:41.00 and finishing fifth in the 3000m at the Oklahoma All-Comers Meet. (Outdoor) Was one of TU?s most consistent distance runners . . . recorded the Hurricane?s fastest 3000m time of the season with a mark of 10:19.35 at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla. . . . season-best 1500m time was a 4:53.81 also at the John Jacobs Invitational . . . competed in the prelims of the 3000m at the WAC Championships. (Summer) Competed in the South Pacific Games in Guam, May 29-June 12 . . . won the silver medal in the 1500m with a time of 4:57.71 . . . ran a time of 18:48.21 in the 5000m to earn bronze medalist honors.

High School: Lettered four times each in track & field and cross country . . . earned all-state honors in the 3200-meter run and 4x800-meter relay . . . named all-district four straight seasons in the 4x800-meter relay . . . was an all-district honoree four years in cross country . . . named all-state as a freshman for the 4x800 relay . . . helped her Jefferson City High School team win four district cross country titles . . . was a member the JCHS squad that won the state cross country championship her freshman year.

Personal: Accounting major . . . was the salutatorian of her graduating class . . . daughter of Rudy and Kathy Cardenas . . . born January 14, 1980.