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Melissa Girgis
Position: CC/Distance
Year: Junior
Hometown: Worthington, Ohio
High School: Thomas Worthington
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2013-14: Indoor: Raced in three meets … took runner-up in the 3000m (10:21.85) at the Ball State Quad … season-best 3000m time came at the GVSU Big Meet (10:16.41). Outdoor: Raced in six meets … scored with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000m (career-best 35:18.69) at the MAC Outdoor Championships … won the 5000m (18:01.44) at the RedHawk Invitational … clocked a season-best 5000m of 17:41.94 at the Miami Invitational.

2012-2013: Competed in the mile, 3000m, 5000m, and 10,000m during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons...placed third in the mile at the Ohio State Invitational, finishing in 5:05.95...raced to a career-high 8:48.57 in the 3000m at the Kentucky Rod McCravy Memorial Meet....earned a career-high 17:14.16 in the 5000m at the MAC Indoor Championships, finishing seventh overall...placed sixth in the 10,000m at the MAC Outdoor Championships, earning a career-high 36:32.10.

2011-12: Cross Country -- Raced in four events for the RedHawks, scoring twice ... clocked a season-best 5K time of 19:35.82 in the open division race at the All-Ohio Championships, finishing 21st overall ... finished first for Miami and third overall with her season-best 6K time of 22:37.2 at the Ball State Invitational ... ran her first collegiate race Sept. 3, taking 18th overall and scoring fifth for Miami at the Dayton 5K Challenge in 19:41.7. Track & Field -- competed in both indoor and outdoor track during her freshman season, racing primarily in the long-distance events ... found great success in the 10,000 meter run, starting with her time of 37:15.43 and first-place finish at the Miami Invitational (April 7) and culminating in her career best time of 36:32.33 at the MAC Championships where she finished sixth ... her time of 36:32.33 was also the fastest 10K time on the team for the 2012 season ... recorded personal best times in the 3K (10:15.43) and 5K (17:40.64) at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invite (Mar. 23) and the UC Oliver Nikoloff Invite respectively (Mar. 31).

High School: Earned three letters in cross country (ran all four years) and four letters in track at Thomas Worthington High School under coaches Andy Cox and Jeff Henderson ... served as team captain of each team as a senior ... posted a personal-best 5K time of 19:40 and a PR in the 3200m of 11:55 ... named a Columbus Dispatch Scholar-Athlete honoree.

Personal: Born on July 2, 1991 ... daughter of Michelle and John Girgis ... majoring in dietetics and exercise science ... active in Habitat for Humanity.

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