Giulianna Vessa
Giulianna  Vessa


Arvada, Colo.

High School:
Ralston Valley


2016 NCAA Participant, Outdoor Track and Field | 1500-Meter Run
Personal-Best Times -- 1500m: 4:24.93 | Mile: 4:53.40a

SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2015: Competed in three events, including the conference and regional championships...posted a career-best 6K time of 22:59.1 at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships (81st)...finished within the top half of the field at the Mountain West Championships (25:00.7, 39th)...opened the season at the Colorado State Invitational, clocking a 5K time of 18:26.6 to finish 26th out of 100 runners.

FRESHMAN YEAR | 2014: Raced at the Fresno State Invitational, clocking a 4200-meter time of 15:28.20 to finish 15th.

MAJOR TRACK AND FIELD HIGHLIGHTS: Posted the fifth-fastest 1500-meter time in Academy history (4:24.93) at the 2016 Michael Johnson Invitational...qualified to the NCAA West Preliminary in that event... clocked the program's fifth-fastest mile (4:53.30, adjusted for altitude) as a freshman...also impacted the Academy record book as a member of three relays...ran on the 4x1600-meter relay that clocked an Academy-record time of 19:53.61 at the 2016 Drake Relays...also ran on the distance medley relay teams that clocked the second-fastest indoor time (11:26.06a, Mountain West Championships) and third-fastest outdoor time (11:32.88, Drake Relays).

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 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.

COACH COLE ON GIULIANNA: One of our team leaders, Giulianna expects a lot from herself and is not afraid to work to achieve her goals. An NCAA Championship Preliminary qualifier last year in the 1500-meter run, Giulianna continues to develop her aerobic ability while becoming more experienced with what she needs to do to be a great runner. Now going into her third year in the program, Giulianna is entering her payoff years but still understands that nothing worth achieving comes easy.
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