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Veronica Garcia
Position: Middle Distance
Year: Senior
Hometown: Downers Grove, Ill.
High School: Downers Grove North HS
Major: Health Fitness (3.59 GPA)
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Veronica Garcia
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 11/02/2012

2012 (Cross Country): Finished 18th at the Jeff Drenth Memorial (19:21.36) (8/31) ... Finished 24th in a career-best (18:42) at the 5K Badger Opener (9/7) ... ran a time of 23:07 at the 6K MSU Spartan Invitational (9/14) ... ran a time of 23:37.9 at the Ray Griak Invitational- 6K (9/29) ... ran a season-best 22:24.8 at the Pre-National Meet -6k (10/13) ... finished 35th(22:33.0) at the 6K MAC Championship Meet (10/27).

2012 (Outdoor Track and Field): Finished 7th in the 800m run (2:18.05) at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge (3/31) ... finished 13th in section 5 of the 1,500m run in a career-best 4:39.33 at the Stanford Invitational (4/6) ... won the 800m run (2:14.86) at the Northwood Open (4/14) ... finished 16th in the 1,500m run in a career-best 4:37.07 at the Polytan Invitational (4/21) ... finished 3rd in the 800m run (2:16.00) at the Lyle Bennett Open (4/28) ... finished 19th in the 800m run (2:17.51) at the MAC Championships (5/10-5/12).

2012 (Indoor Track and Field): Finished 3rd in the Mile run in a career-best 5:17.88 at the Chip Invite (1/13) ... finished runner-up in the 800m run (2:15.68) at the Red Simmons Invitational (1/21) ... finished 25th in the 800m run (2:14.36) at the Meyo Invitational (2/4) ... finished 8th in the mile run in a time of 4:54.82 at the GVSU Big Meet (2/11) ... finished 4th in the mile run in a career-best 4:54.25 at the MAC Championships (2/25) ... finished 24th in the mile run (4:57.94) at the Alex Wilson Invitational (3/3).

2011 (Cross Country): Finished 17th at the Jeff Drenth Memorial (19:48.03) ... finished 73rd (22:50) at the 6K Spartan Invitational (9/16) ... finished 43rd (18:52) at the 5K Notre Dame Invitational (9/30) ... finished 187th (23:43) at the 6K Pre-Nationals (10/16) ... finished 31st at the 6K MAC Championship Meet in a career-best 22:14.7 (10/29) ... finished 113th (22:47.6) at the 6K NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet (11/12).

2011 (Outdoor Track and Field): Took ninth in the 1500m (4:50.39) at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge (4/2) ... took seventh in the 800m (2:21.82) at the Bulldog Invite (4/9) ... ran 4:48.49 in her seventh-place finish in the 1500m at the Lenny Lyles Invitational (4/22) ... took fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:20.94 at the Lyle Bennett Open (4/30) ... improved her season-best in the 800m to 2:20.12 at the MAC Championships (5/12-5/14 ... Academic All-MAC honorable mention selection.

2011 (Indoor Track and Field): Competed in the mile run at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational (1/22) ... won the 800m with a time of 2:23.74 at the Jack Skoog Open (2/18) ... ran a leg on the scoring distance medley (11:56.43) at the MAC Indoor Championships (2/25-2/26).

2010 (Cross Country): Finished the Jeff Drenth Memorial 29th (20:28.8) ... Placed 80th out of 231 runners in the Spartan Invitational (23:30) ... Ran the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships in a time of 19:33.2, finishing 42nd out of 224 runners ... Finished 51st at the MAC Championships with a time of 22:53.0.

2010 (Outdoor Track and Field): Ran a season-best 2:15.34 in the 800m at the MAC Outdoor Championships … crossed the line in a season-best 4:49.17 during the 1500m at the Raleigh Relays.

2010 (Indoor Track and Field): Finished seventh in the 800m (2:17.70) at the MAC Indoor Championships … ran a career-best 2:14.00 in the 800m at the GVSU Big Meet.

2009 (Outdoor Track and Field): Ran a season-best 2:25.83 in the 800m at the tri-meet against Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.

2009 (Indoor Track and Field): Finished eighth in the 600m (1:44.31) at the CMU Quadrangular.

High School— Four-year letterwinner in cross country and earned two letters each in track and soccer … member of the all-conference and state qualifying 4x800m relay team that broke the school record her senior year … named all-conference twice in cross country and was a sectional qualifier three times … named to the all-academic team in both cross country and track her junior and senior seasons … member of the National Honor Society.

Career Bests—
400m (1:01); 800m (2:14.0); 1500m (4:37.07); mile run (4:54.25); Cross Country 5K (18:42); Cross Country 6K (22:14.7).