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Melanie Cleland
  Melanie Cleland

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wellington, New Zealand

High School:
Chilton Saint James Secondary

Last College:
Oregon State

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:
05/11/1989

Experience:
3L


PERSONAL BESTS
Cross Country: 2 mile: 11:10 (Sept. 4, 2010), 5K: 17:00 (Nov. 1, 2010), 6K: 21:23.48 (Nov. 13, 2010)

SENIOR (2010): Cleland ran in six events and was part of the first women's team in school history to run at the NCAA Championships . . . led TU at Nationals with a 6K time of 21:29.3 and finished 116th . . . helped Tulsa win the Conference USA Championship with a personal-best 5K of 17:00 and a seventh-place finish . . . ran her personal-best 6K at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a time of 21:23.48 . . . finished in the top four for Tulsa in four of her six events . . . finished third overall at the Missouri Southern Stampede, fourth at the Hurricane Festival and 48th at the NCAA Midwest Regional . . . was named to the All-Conference First Team.

JUNIOR (2009): Competed in all six meets and was named to the Conference USA First Team . . . broke her personal best in the 5K with a time of 17:25 at the Missouri State Classic . . . took second at both the MSC and the Hurricane Festival, and finished in the top 10 at the C-USA Championship (sixth) and the Cowboy Jamboree (seventh) . . . placed 30th at the NCAA Midwest Regional and 53rd at Pre-Nationals . . . was TU's top finisher in all six meets.

SOPHOMORE (2008): Transferred to Tulsa and ran in three meets during her first season . . . ran a personal-best time of 18:26 at the Conference USA Championships to finish in 26th place . . . was TU's fourth-finisher at Pre-Nationals with a mark of 22:16.

PREVIOUS COLLEGE (Oregon State, 2007): Earned one letter in cross country at Oregon State . . . ran in four events for the Beavers . . . finished 23rd at the Hawkeye Open running the 4K in 14:51 . . . ran a personal-best in the 6K at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships with a time of 21:34.

HIGH SCHOOL: Left the Wellington Secondary Schools with the record in the 3,000m (9:55) and high school record in the 1,500m (4:29) . . . finished second in the 1,500m at the New Zealand SSAC Nationals as a freshman . . . won the 2007 New Zealand Junior title in the 1500m and finished second in the 3000m as a senior . . . ran at the World Cross Country Championships in Kenya . . . coach was Tony Rogers.

PERSONAL: An energy management major . . . enjoys playing soccer . . . greatest athletic moment was running in the World Cross Country Championships in Kenya . . . greatest inspiration in sports is her stepfather Steve . . . parents are Stephan Malanchak and Helen Malanchak.