Carina Gillespie

Carina  Gillespie

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

High School:
Otay Ranch

Height:
5-7


2017 NCAA Participant, Outdoor Track and Field | 1500-Meter Run
2017 Mountain West Runner-Up, Indoor Track and Field | Mile Run
2017 All-Mountain West, Indoor Track and Field | Mile Run
2016 NCAA Participant, Cross Country
2016 All-Region, Cross Country
2016 All-Mountain West, Cross Country
2016 NCAA Participant, Outdoor Track and Field | 1500-Meter Run
2015 All-Region, Cross Country
2015 Most Outstanding Competitor, Track and Field
2015 Mountain West Runner-Up, Indoor Track and Field | Mile Run
2015 All-Mountain West, Indoor Track and Field | Mile Run


Personal-Best Times -- 800m: 2:11.12 | 1500m: 4:22.25a | Mile: 4:43.02a (Academy Record) | 3000m: 9:31.51a | 5000m: 16:22.08a

JUNIOR YEAR | 2016: Competed in six meets, including the conference, regional and national championships...was the Falcons' top finisher in five races...earned all-region status after finishing third in the 135-runner NCAA Mountain Regional...clocked a career-best 6K time of 20:17.8 at that meet to move into fourth on the program's all-time list...claimed first-team all-conference honors after finishing third at the Mountain West Championships...posted a (then) best time of 20:17.9 to lead Air Force to a runner-up finish in the team standings...finished 14th out of 285 runners at the Pre-National Invitational (20:29.3)...recorded a time of 20:55.3 at the NCAA Championships (121st)...won the season-opening Colorado State Invitational (5K time of 17:33.0) and led Air Force to the team title...clocked an Academy-record 5K time of 16:41.9 to finish 14th out of 185 runners at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational.

SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2015: Participated in five meets, including the conference and regional championships...earned all-region honors after finishing 21st at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships (21:35.0)...posted a career-best 6K time of 20:51.3 at the Washington Invitational (45th)...placed within the top-third of the field at the Pre-National Invitational (21:00.2, 76th)...finished 23rd at the Mountain West Championships (24:18.0)...clocked a time of 17:40.7 to finish fifth out of 100 runners at the Colorado State Invitational...that time is the fifth-fastest 5K in the Academy's Division I history.

FRESHMAN YEAR | 2014: Raced in all six competitions as a freshman...clocked a season-best 6K time of 21:47.60 to place 35th at the Mountain West Championships...that was the third-fastest time on the team in 2014...also competed in that distance at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships (22:39.03, 60th), Pre-National Invitational (23:45.90, 126th) and Woody Greeno Invitational (24:07.40 (37th)...clocked a 5K time of 18:18.00 at the Notre Dame Invitational (147th)...opened the season with a 14th-place finish at the Fresno State Invitational (15:22.00, 4200-meter course).

MAJOR TRACK AND FIELD HIGHLIGHTS: Two-time participant at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (1500-meter run: 2016, 2017)...earned top-25 finishes in both meets (2016: 22nd, 2017: 19th)...broke own Academy record in the mile (4:43.02a) to finish second at the 2017 Mountain West Indoor Championships...added the program's second-fastest 3000-meter time (9:31.51a) at that meet...accounted for the program's second-fastest 1500-meter run (4:22.25a) and third-fastest 5000-meter run (16:22.08a) at the 2017 MW Outdoor Championships...holds Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Class Records in the 1500-meter and mile events...also holds Class Records in the 3000-meter run (Freshman, Junior) and 5000-meter run (Junior)...led off the 4x1600-meter relay that posted an Academy-best time of 19:34.05 at the Drake Relays...also anchored the distance medley relay that posted the program's second-fastest time (11:23.94) at that meet.

HIGH SCHOOL: Otay Ranch High School...three-time CIF San Diego Section champion in the 800-meter run...clocked a career-best time of 2:10 at that distance...finished seventh among Division I girls in cross country...recorded a personal-best time of 18:03 on the 5K cross country course...CSF member.

PERSONAL: Full name is Carina Lynn Gillespie...nickname is "Detox"...daughter of Michael and Joann Gillespie...father was an E-8 in the Navy and retired after 24 years of service...has one older sister and one younger sister...majoring in management...future plans include becoming a pilot...served as Squadron Honor Officer...attended the Academy's Prep School ("C-Squad!")...hobbies include hiking and cooking...is bilingual and half-Puerto Rican...born at a naval base in Rota, Spain...traveled to eight different countries in Europe...completed Operation Air Force at McConnell AFB, Kan., over the summer...also served as a counselor during Air Force Sports Camps...member of Cadet Squadron 26.


COACH COLE ON CARINA: "After a phenomenal cross country season last year that was limited at the NCAA meet due to an injury, Carina has unfinished business on the cross country course. But beyond her individual performances, Carina can help her team every meet this season by competing as best as she can on every given day. And Carina's competitiveness is one of her strongest assets."

Jennifer Hiddink
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