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Melissa Parks
Position: Middle Distance
Year: Senior
Hometown: Norfolk, Neb.
High School: Norfolk
Experience: 3 Letters
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2014 Cross Country — Came in 276th at the Roy Griak Invitational... finished 35th at the Oz Memorial and 20th at the Bulldog Classic. 

2014 Outdoor — Finished 11th in the 3000 steeple and 19th in the 1500 at the MVC Outdoor Championship... claimed second in a personal best 4:39.87 in the 1500 at the Gateway Invite... sixth in the 1500 and seventh in the 800 at the Duncan Invitational...1500 winner in a personal best 4:42.74 at the Arkansas Spring Invite... 2014 Indoor — Ran on the fourth place distance medley relay and was 31st in the 3000m at the MVC Indoor Championship … ran 800 meters in 2:20.43 to place seventh at the Jack Jennett Invitational...placed eighth in both the 800 and the mile at the Iowa Big Four Duels...2013 Cross Country — Placed 171st at NCAA Midwest Regional... finished with a time of 19:05.1 to place 44th at the MVC Championship... 113th place with a time of 22:46 at the 6k Bradley Classic... was 42nd at the 6k Oz Memorial... placed 9th at the Bulldog Classic 4K.

2013 Outdoor Placed 16th in the 1500 at the State Farm MVC Outdoor Championship... ran on the 10th place 4x1600 relay at the Drake Relays... finished first in the 800 at the Ashford Spring Classic... 2013 Indoor — Ran on the seventh place distance medley relay at the State Farm MVC Indoor Championship...14th in the mile at the Husker Invitational...13th in the 800 at Jack Jennett Invitational... 2012 Cross CountryPlaced 19th at Bulldog Classic.

2012 OutdoorFinished 17th in the 1500 at the State Farm MVC Outdoor Championship... ran a personal best in the 1500 at the Musco Invite in 4:40.72 placing ninth... sixth in the 800 at both the Messersmith Invite and Jim Duncan Invite... 2012 Indoor — Ran a personal best in the mile at the Iowa State Qualifier finishing third... member of the sixth place distance medley relay at the State Farm MVC Indoor Championship... placed eighth in the 800 at the Iowa Invite...first in the 1000 at the Jack Jennett Invite...2011 Cross Country — Honored with the Karla Burds Leadership Award given to the outstanding freshman... placed 89th at Bradley Classic... finished 24th at Walt Disney Classic... fourth on team at Roy Griak Invitational running 24:08 for 6,000 meters... placed 54th at Oz Memorial... 12th at Bulldog Classic.

Prep — Four top ten finishes at Nebraska Class A state cross country meet including state champion as senior for Norfolk High... led team to state cross country championships in 2008 and 2009... earned two track state Class A titles in the 1600 (2011, 2010) and was second in 2008... state Class A champion in 800 in 2009, placed third in 2010 and fourth in 2011... track captain and school record holder in 1600... academic all-state and all-conference as junior and senior... 2000 steeplechase USATF Junior Olympic champ (17-18) in 2010.

Personal — Health sciences major... honored with 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award... daughter of Doug and Lisa Parks... twin sister, Stephanie, also attends Drake... born in 1992 in Nebraska.

Personal Bests
800 - 2:
17.49
1000 - 3:06.67i
1500 - 4:39.87

Mile - 5:07.29i
Steeplechase - 11:16.96