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Melanie Brender
Melanie Brender

RS Junior

Sterling Heights, Mich.

High School:
Utica Stevenson



Spartan Track & Field Hits the Road in Weekend Slate

MSU to be represented at Mt. SAC, Larry Ellis and Jesse Owens this weekend.


Track & Field Travels for Weekend Competition

Spartans set to compete at 2014 Tennessee Relays and Don Kleinow Invite at Siena Heights.


MSU Hosts 2014 Spartan Track & Field Invitational

MSU's only home meet, the 10th-annual event is held Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5.


Spartans Kick Off Outdoor Season Strong at Raleigh Relays

Rhynard breaks MSU record, James and Landwehr turn in individual wins to represent the Spartans.


10 Spartans Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Seven men and three women named to All-Academic Track and Field Team.

Collegiate Bests
• 1,500m - 4:50.78
• 3,000m - 9:54.02
• 5,000m - 16:45.43
• 10,000m - 34:20.35

• NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
Academic All-Big Ten
OUTDOOR: Ran a season-best 16:45.43 in the 5,000m at the Raleigh Relays ... Posted a season-best 4:51.22 in the 1,500m at the Spartan Invitational ... Ran a 17:07.36 in the 5,000m at the Jesse Owens Classic ... Placed second in the 10,000m at the Hillsdale College GINA Relays ... Competed in the 10,000m in the Big Ten Outdoor Conference Championships, posting a time of 35.51.34 ... Ran a 36.13.03 in the 10,000m preliminaries at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
INDOOR: Clocked a season-best time of 16:59.48 in the 5,000 meter run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships ... Placed 16th in the 5,000 meter run at the GVSU Big Meet in a time of 17:60.80.

•Academic All-Big Ten
Ran 17:02.7 in the 5,000-meter run at the Hillsdale Gina Relays...Ran 36:30.41 at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championship to place 17th overall...Posted a time of 4:50.78 in the 1,500-meter to finish 23rd at the Spartan Invite.
Placed first in the 3,000-meter at the Indiana Invitational with a time of 9:55.9... Posted a time of 10:01.64 in the 3,000-meter at the GVSU Big Meet...Ran 9:57.4 for 24th-place in the 3,000-meter run at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championship.

OUTDOOR: Did not compete.
INDOOR: Did not compete.

High School:
Lettered in both cross country and track all four years for head coach Kevin Hanson ... All-conference honoree for three years in a row starting in 2007 ... Second-team all-county freshman and sophomore years ... First-team all-district and all-county her junior year ... No. 1 in the county her senior year in the 3200m and top in the conference in the 1600m ... Second in the region in the 3200m her junior and senior years ... Honored as all-academic all-county from 2007-2009 and was number one academic all-county her senior year ... Placed 16th in the 3200m with a time of 11:18 and 34th in cross country in senior year at states ... Valedictorians her senior year ... Member of both the National Honors Society and German National Honors Society.

Born September 26, 1992 ... Daughter of Kevin and Kristen Brender ... Plans on double majoring in political science and communication.


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