Rachel Melum  
Rachel  Melum

RS Senior

Iola, Wis.

High School:
Iola-Scandinavia HS



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USTFCCCA Honors Gophers for Academics

Eighteen Gophers have been named 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees


Season Recap: A Look Back at 2015

Take a look back at Minnesota's 2015 track & field season


10 Gophers Named B1G Distinguished Scholars

Ten women's track & field and cross country representatives are among Minnesota's 72 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipients


72 Gophers Earn B1G Distinguished Scholar Award

Nine Golden Gophers maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.


4x400m Relay, Murphy Secure NCAA Berths

Jessica Waldvogel, Emerald Egwim, Erin Hawkins, Titania Markland, and Nicolle Murphy secured their places at the NCAA Championships

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2015 Season - Indoor: Named team captain • did not compete indoors.

2015 Season - Outdoor: Competed in the javelin at eight meets • recorded a career-best throw of 47.39m (155-6) to place third at the Big Ten Championship • finished as runner-up at the Musco Twilight with a throw of 46.68m (153-02) • qualified for the NCAA West Prelim and finished 17th with a throw of 45.82m (150-04) • won the javelin at the Jaguar Challenge and the Tommie Twilight • USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2014 Season - Indoor: Named team captain • did not compete during the indoor season.

2014 Season - Outdoor: Competed solely in the javelin at five meets • placed ninth with a throw of 137-08 (41.96m) at the Big Ten Championships • recorded a season-best throw of 146-06 (44.66m) for third place at TSU Relays • Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2013 Season - Indoor: Cleared a season-best 5-2.25 (1.58m) in the high jump at the Parents Day Open, finishing sixth • high jumped at the Jack Johnson Classic and MSU Open.

2013 Season - Outdoor: Did not compete during the outdoor season • Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2012 Season - Indoor: High jumped a season-best 5-05 (1.65m) to tie for first at the MSU Open • placed second at the Parents Day Open (5-03.25) • took fourth at the Holiday Inn Invitational with 5-03 (1.60m).

2012 Season - Outdoor: Won the high jump at the Hamline Invite • cleared a season best of 5-05 (1.65m) at the Bulldog Invitational • Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2011 Season: Redshirted both the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Iola-Scandinavia High School • high school coach was Bruce Beyersdorf • three-time Wisconsin Division 3 state high jump champion (2007, 2009 and 2010) • tied the Wisconsin Division 3 record with a jump of 5-9 at the 2009 state meet • won the 2010 title with a leap of 5-7 • also a state competitor in long jump in 2009 and 2010 • three-time Central Wisconsin Conference high jump champion • cross country team MVP twice • cross country captain as a senior • also lettered in basketball and as a statistician in football • WIAA Scholar Athlete • valedictorian of her high school class • National Honor Society member • math league member.

Personal: Born October 8, 1991 • majoring in kinesiology • daughter of John and Susie Melum • has older brothers Tyler and Bradley • brother Bradley played football at Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2006-07 • enjoys being with friends and family, playing with her dogs, biking, canoeing, and adventures.

Melum's Indoor Career Bests (2015 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
High Jump 5-5.00, 1.65m MSU Open (1/28/12)
Melum's Outdoor Career Bests (2015 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
High Jump 5-5.00, 1.65m Bulldog Invitational (4/14/12)
Javelin 155-6, 47.39m Big Ten Championship (5/16/15)