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Laura Bess
Position: CC/Distance
Year: Junior
Hometown: Brownsburg, Ind.
High School: Brownsburg
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2013-14: Indoor: Raced in five meets … scored in both the mile run (fifth; 4:55.0) and the distance medley relay (sixth; 11:36.96) at the MAC Indoor Championships … clocked a career-best 4:49.21 to win the mile run at the Grand Valley Big Meet. Outdoor: Named Academic All-MAC and placed on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team … competed in six meets … qualified for the NCAA East Region Prelminary meet in the 1500m, where she placed 27th with a career-best 4:23.28 … finished third in the 1500m (4:26.88) at the MAC Outdoor Championships.

2013 Cross Country: Ran in seven meets … earned Second-Team All-MAC honors after placing 10th at the MAC Championships 6K (21:33.7) … finished 77th at the Great Lakes Regional Championships after finishing the 6K course in 22:06.0.

2012-2013: Track and Field -- During her track and field season as a freshman, Bess earned a season-high 4:54.10 in the mile at the MAC Indoor Championships...ran a season-best 800m at the Oliver Nickoloff Invitational, winning the race in 2:11.88....placed seventh in the 1500m race at the MAC Outdoor Championships with a season-high 4:29.72.

2012-2013: Cross Country -- Competed in four races for the RedHawks as a freshman...finished 10th for Miami and 23rd overall at the Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge in 19:31.4...then took seventh of the Red and White and 69th overall at the Spartan Invitational, crossing the finish line in 22:53...improved her 5K time at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, taking 9th for Miami in 18:46...ran at Pre-Nationals in 22:42.2, finishing 84th overall.

High School: Four-time letterwinner in both track and cross country at Brownsburg High School under head coach Bret Neylon ... served as team captain her senior year for both squads ... posted a personal-best 2:16 in the 800m ... ran 4:59 in the 1600m and had a best time of 11:11 in the 3200m ... ran a personal-best 18:39 in the 5K for cross country ... holds the school record at Harrison High School for the 5K ... also holds the school records at Brownsburg for the 5K and 1600m and is a member of the record holding 4x800m relay team ... named all-state in cross country in 2009 ... earned track all-state honors in 2011 and 2012 ... three time all-conference and all-region recipient ... garnered academic all-state as well.

Personal: Born March 11, 1994 in West Lafayette, Ind. ... daughter of Tonya and Todd Bess ... father, Todd, played baseball at DePauw ... member of National Honor Society in high school ... is a bioengineering major.