JUNIOR (2012): Ran anchor leg of the distance medley relay team that won the conference title at the Mountain West Indoor Championships...finished third in the 1500-meter run at the MW Outdoor Championships...two-time all-conference selection...participated in the 1500 at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships...earned the program's Callie Calhoun Award for Drive and Determination for the second straight season...member of the DMR that finished first at the conference meet with an Academy record time of 11:49.26 (adjusted for altitude)...that time broke a mark that had stood since 2003...moved into fourth on the program's all-time list in the 3000-meter run after clocking a time of 9:54.16a at the conference meet...won the 1000-meter run (3:04.71) at the Air Force Blue-Silver Open...clocked a season-best time of 3:01.59 at that distance at the Nebraska Wesleyan Open...also competed in the mile, clocking a career-best time of 5:02.89 at the Nebraska adidas Classic...recorded the fifth-fastest time in Academy history (4:27.43a) in third-place performance at the MW Outdoor Championships...clocked a time of 4:32.31 in that event at the NCAA West Preliminary (28th)...also finished second in the 1500 at the Front Range Classic...competed in the 800-meter run at the Arizona State Invitational, placing eighth with a time of 2:19.16...ran on the 4x800-meter relay (9:13.04) and the distance medley relay (11:50.86) that accounted for the second-fastest time in Academy history at the Drake Relays.
SOPHOMORE (2011): Received the Callie Calhoun Award for Drive and Determination...clocked the seventh-fastest outdoor 3000-meter time in Academy history at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational (10:00.55)...earned the team's Track Athlete of the Week award following that meet...scored for the Falcons at the outdoor conference championships by recording an eighth-place finish in the 1500-meter run (4:33.52a)...that time was the fastest on the team...also recorded the third-fastest time on the team (2:18.38, adjusted for altitude) at the Colorado Invitational...ran the anchor leg of the distance medley relay team that clocked the third-fastest time in Academy history (12:12.44a) at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships...also ran a leg of the DMR team that won the Air Force Invitational...clocked a career-best time of 5:12.62 in the mile at the Nebraska adidas Invitational.
FRESHMAN (2010): Competed in the 800-meter and 1500-meter distances during the outdoor season...clocked career-best times in both races at the Colorado Invitational...ran a non-adjusted 2:31.44 in the 800-meter run and clocked an adjusted time of 4:53.50 in the 1500-meter run during that race...ran the mile and 3000-meter distances during the indoor season...clocked an altitude converted time of 5:28.98 in the mile at the Air Force Invitational...finished the 3000-meter race at the Don Barrett Duals with a career-best 11:07.82a.
HIGH SCHOOL: Blue Springs High School...all-conference selection in cross country and track...three-time competitor at the Missouri state cross country championships...all-district honoree in track...competed on the 4x800-meter relay team that competed at the state championship meet...ranked eighth in graduating class...named to the Principal's Honor Roll...member of the National Honor Society...served as NHS vice-president.
PERSONAL: Full name is Melissa Lee Fuerst...nickname is "Mel"...daughter of Leland and Alice Fuerst...has one older sister, Christina...majoring in systems engineering management...future plans include working in the acquisitions or finance fields...served as an Athletic Officer...has also served as an A-1 Element Leader and a B-2 Element NCO...named to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance...enjoys sewing and reading...spent the summer as Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) cadre...became the Academy's first female to claim all-Mountain West honors in cross country twice in a career and only the second to place within the top 10 at the conference meet (2011: ninth, 2012: ninth)...earned the MWC Athlete of the Week award once in 2011...also earned the team's MVP award as a junior...member of Cadet Squadron 29.