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...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, Jasmine, and one younger sister, Roxanne...majoring in management and earning a minor in Spanish...future plans include working in business or in the acquisitions field...attended the Academy's Prep School ("C-Squad!")...hobbies include hiking and skiing...is bilingual and half-Puerto Rican...born at a naval base in Rota, Spain...traveled to eight different countries in Europe...member of Cadet Squadron 23.
COACH COLE ON CARINA: Carina was an 800-meter high school state finalist two years ago in California. After spending a year at the Prep School, Carina is very excited to be with the team and compete at the NCAA Division I level. As one of the top mid-distance runners on the squad, she will have a strong role during the track season, but can also significantly contribute during the cross country season."