Giulianna Vessa

Giulianna  Vessa

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Arvada, Colo.

High School:
Ralston Valley

Height:
5-5

Event:
800m | 1500m


Two-Time NCAA Participant

Personal-Best Times
1500m: 4:24.93 | Mile: 4:53.40a

SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2015-16: NCAA qualifier at 1500 meters...impacted the program record book in four events...clocked the fifth-fastest 1500-meter time in Academy history (4:24.93) to finish fourth at the Michael Johnson Classic...earned additional top-five finishes in that event at the Stanford Invitational (third, 4:29.46) and Sun Angel Classic (fourth, 4:30.54)...scored for Air Force at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships (sixth, 4:30.39)...ran on the 4x1600-meter relay that clocked an Academy-record time of 19:53.61 at the Drake Relays...also led off the distance medley relay that posted the third-fastest outdoor time in program history (11:32.88) at that meet...earned the team’s Athlete of the Week award following the Drake Relays...ran the third leg of the indoor DMR that posted the program’s second-fastest time (11:26.06, adjusted for altitude) at the MW Indoor Championships...competed in the mile during three meets...clocked a season-best 4:56.00a in the conference semifinals.

FRESHMAN YEAR | 2014-15: Impacted the Academy’s record book in two events...recorded the fifth-fastest mile time in Air Force history, after clocking a 4:53.30 (adjusted for altitude) during the preliminaries of the Mountain West indoor Championships (eighth)...scored for the Falcons in that event after placing seventh in the finals (4:54.31a)...won the mile in collegiate debut (5:16.14a, Air Force Collegiate Open)...also ran the 800-meter run once, clocking a 2:20.80a to take third at the Adams State Qualifier...clocked the program’s eighth-fastest 1500-meter time (4:29.30) during the outdoor season...registered that time during a third-place performance at the Aztec Invitational...finished within the top three of the 1500-meter run (second, 4:39.50a) and 800-meter run (third, 2:22.38a) at the Air Force Twilight Open...earned the team’s Track Athlete of the Week award twice (once indoors, once outdoors).

HIGH SCHOOL: Ralston Valley High School...four-year letterwinner in both track and cross country...earned four first-team all-conference selections in track...also claimed second-team all-conference in cross country as a senior...member of the student government all four years...served as student body vice-president as a senior...competed in a year-round club called Angel Flight...qualified for the Junior Olympic Nationals...finished fourth in the 2000-meter steeplechase and 14th in the 800-meter run at that meet...named High School All-American in the steeplechase.

PERSONAL: Full name is Giulianna Gabrielle Vessa...nickname is “G”...daughter of Frank and Deana Vessa...has one older brother, Dominic...also has a younger brother, Anthony, and a younger sister, Siena...majoring in management...future plans include becoming a CV-22 pilot...has served as Athletic Clerk, Support NCO and the Operation Air Force Cadet-in-Charge...attended the Academy’s Prep School...awarded the Athletic Rope for having a PFT score that was ranked within the top 10-percent of class...hobbies include running, cooking and baking...is a coffee enthusiast and Foodie...would like to add “some things I live by: remain humble, always look for opportunities to learn from those before you, and seek perfection knowing that it is only attainable through your discipline and actions, seek support through your family, friends and most importantly, God”...completed Operation Air Force at Whiteman AFB, Mo., over the summer and was able to fly in a T-38 and Black Hawk...also worked Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) and took an academic class (Operations Research)...member of Cadet Squadron 20.

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