Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
All seven NCAA Championships competitors were among the honorees.
2012 Junior Season: Did not compete Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Sophomore Season: Redshirted the 2011 Cross Country season
2010 · Sophomore Season: Posted her season-best time of 23:07.3 at the Neubauer Invitational · ran in four races.
2009 · Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.
On the Track: Will be a junior in 2013 · competes in the 1,500m, mile, and 3,000m.
High School: A 2009 graduate of Minnetonka High School · high school coach was Jane Reimer-Morgan · two-time all-state in cross country · placed 24th in 2008 Minnesota Class AA Cross Country Championships · three-time all-state track honoree · anchored state champion 4x800-meter relay as a senior · relay was state runner-up in 2008 · ran best of 2:16 in 800 meters.
Personal: Born April 19, 1990 · given name is Melissa · majoring in family social science with a minor in communication and leadership · parents are David and Angel Valle · guardians are Keith and Mary Pickering · has siblings: Camron, Kenndie, Rikki, Scotty, Jasmin, Trent, Jennifer and Jimmy.
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