Elyse Willard
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    Elyse Willard

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

    High School:
    Peninsula

    FRESHMAN (2008): Competed in six races for the Falcons...clocked the team's second-fastest times of the year on the 2.5-mile and 5.8K courses...clocked a time of 16:16 to finish 14th at the Wyoming Invitational (2.5-mile)...finished the Rocky Mountain Shootout (5.8K) in 23:47 to place 31st...clocked a 5K-time of 20:26 at the Aztec Invitational (124th)...posted a season-best 6K time of 22:26 at the NCAA Regional Championships (80th)...also recorded 6K times of 22:52 (Pre-Nationals Meet, 217th) and 23:53 (Mountain West Conference Championships, 52nd)...academic all-conference selection.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School...advanced to the state meet in cross country as a senior...four-time varsity letterwinner...selected as Outstanding Junior Athlete...received the Coach's Award...recipient of the Scholar-Athlete award...member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society...four-year Honor Roll selection...earned the Girl Scout Gold Award...member of the Pediatric Service Therapy Club, which worked with mentally disabled children.

    PERSONAL: Daughter of Stan and Phyllis Willard...has two younger sisters, Ashley and Miranda...majoring in biology...future plans include becoming a physical therapist...hobbies including reading a good book, singing karaoke and hanging out with friends...received the Superintendent's Pin for excellence in military, athletic and academic performance...member of Cadet Squadron 27.

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